Texas Tech University

Graduate School Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted normal routines, and I hope that you are staying safe and healthy. The university has made a number of unprecedented steps, and I know many of these measures have caused personal concern about maintaining shelter and food security as well as about shifts that may need to occur with your academic plans. Below are the changes made in response to the crisis and assistance and accommodations that have been put in place to help you during this time of transition.

Emergency assistance

Loaner computers, etc.

  •  A limited number of loaner laptops, cellular hotspots, webcams, and headsets available are available by emailing verify.ithelpcentral@ttu.edu (provide phone #, R#, and equipment needed).

Graduate student employees and postdoctoral scholars

  • All graduate student employees (GPTIs/TAs/RAs/GAs/SAs) and postdoctoral/other Ph.D. non-faculty researchers are expected to continuing working remotely until advised
  • GPTIs/TAs for Summer I/Long Summer should be working with their supervisors and home departments to help deliver instruction by remote means.
  • GAs/graduate students employed as SAs/RAs/postdoctorals/non-faculty Ph.D. researchers should work with their supervisors about how to carry out assigned duties
  • See below for resumption of research activity and return to work

Research and scholarly activity

  • Graduate students and postdocs should be in regular contact with their major professors/research supervisors about tasks that can be accomplished while working from home (e.g., library research, data analysis, manuscript preparation).
  • Many online resources are available regarding data management and other research-related training as well as professional and career development activities are available. Please refer to the Graduate School's professional and career development.
  • A phase-in plan for the resumption of research and scholarly activity for graduate students and postdocs is underway; for details and an application to resume research activity on campus, see http://www.depts.ttu.edu/research/covid-guidelines.php
  • Graduate students/postdocs working with human subjects should review their projects in consultation with their advisors and make adjustments as needed to avoid delay in project completion. For guidance and to determine if amendment of IRB protocol is required, see https://www.depts.ttu.edu/research/irb/

Summer 2020 classes/registration requirements

  • Long Summer and Summer I will be online only instruction; Summer II will be a mixture of online and face-to-face instruction.
  • Graduate students should enroll in 6000, 7000, 8000, and internship as usual, working with their advisors on specific duties.
  • Enrollment requirements: 1) students who have begun thesis or dissertation MUST be enrolled in at least 1 credit of 6000 or 8000, as appropriate, 2) students on assistantships must be enrolled in at least 6 credits, 3) students planning to graduate Summer 2020 must be enrolled in at least 3 credits.

Summer 2020 Intent to graduate

Summer 2020 preliminary/qualifying/comprehensive exams

  • These exams should be proceed as normal accommodate student progress/degree completion. Exams scheduled during Summer I take place by remote means (e.g., zoom, skype, etc.); details for exams scheduled during Summer II will be forthcoming
  • Deadline for receipt of reports of comprehensive exams extended for Summer 2020 graduation—July 10

Summer 2020 thesis/dissertation defenses

  • The defense deadline is June 22; defenses scheduled prior to this date should occur by remote means (e.g., zoom, skype, etc.)
  • All committee members, including the dean's representative, must be present
  • Candidates also must present their work publicly via remote means (zoom, skype, etc.)
  • For graduation in Summer 2020, the FINAL versions of theses and dissertations must be submitted to the Graduate School by July 6.

Spring 2020 Commencement

  • The Spring 2020 commencement has been postponed to May 23, 2020, will be conducted virtually. Details to follow.
  • Students eligible to participate in the Spring 2020 Commencement may elect to participate in the August Commencement instead. Details to follow.

All services for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will be available by remote access, including the following:

Extension to maximum time to degree

  • I am relaxing the maximum allowable time to complete master's and doctoral degrees for up to one year for students affected by COVID-19.
  • Students may elect this extension during the semester of their normal tenure limit, if necessary. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services at enrollment.services.gradschool@ttu.edu

Questions about graduate student or postdoctoral issues may be directed to gradschool@ttu.edu

The university is monitoring the situation closely in consultation with public health officials. For the latest updates and communications, please regularly check the Texas Tech University coronavirus (COVID-19) website.