Texas Tech University

Covid Information

Texas Tech University is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty and continues to monitor the COVID situation closely.  Current information, including about testing and how to get vaccinated, is available at the university's COVID website.

The potential for COVID infection remains a concern and the university community must be vigilant as we begin a new academic year.  According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best protection against COVID infection is vaccination with an improved COVID vaccine and wearing masks, even for fully vaccinated individuals, when in crowded indoor spaces such as classrooms.

Flu Vaccinations & COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Vaccine

Guidance to Instructors of Record in Face-to-Face and Hybrid Courses

Tools for Learning, Teaching, and Working Remotely

Guidance for preliminary/qualifying/comprehensive exams and thesis/dissertation defenses Fall 2021:

The delivery format (i.e., face to face, remote) of all preliminary/qualifying/comprehensive exams and defenses will be left to the discretion of programs/departments and committees; appropriate safety precautions should be observed for face-to-face interactions, and accommodations (e.g., remote access) must be made for all parties (students and faculty) to participate as they feel safe doing so. All committee members, including the graduate dean's representative, must participate in defenses in real time. Lastly, public presentations of thesis/dissertation research must continue to be offered by remote means (e.g., zoom, etc.) in addition to face-to-face presentations.

Emergency assistance

Information for individuals vaccinated outside the US

Although only three vaccines are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use in the U.S. (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson), there are currently seven vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO). The CDC recognizes all WHO-approved vaccines as valid means of immunization in the setting of the pandemic. For people who are partially vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine that is not offered in the U.S., it is recommended that such individuals repeat the immunization series with a vaccine approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization in the US.  Here are some additional notes:

  • Limited data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the US may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine.
  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by WHO (WHO-approved vaccines listed here [https://www.who.int/teams/regulation-prequalification/eul/covid-19])
  • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    • People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
    • People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete, FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

TTU IT Division would like to provide the information listed below for instructors to record lectures and share them with students. This message is being sent to both faculty and staff since some departmental staff assist faculty.

The above information will be added to the resources at go.ttu.edu/remoteaccess via a link titled “Technical Resources for Recording Lectures.” If you have questions, please contact IT Help Central at (806) 742-4357 (HELP) or via email at ithelpcentral@ttu.edu.