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.
Guidance for preliminary/qualifying/comprehensive exams and thesis/dissertation defenses Spring 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 must 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.).
- Limited emergency funds for those financially impacted by COVID-19 are available through the Raider Relief Fund.
- Supplement food is available from TTU's food pantry by appointment, see https://www.depts.ttu.edu/dos/foodpantry.php
- Continuing Student Scholarships for International Students http://www.depts.ttu.edu/international/scholarships/continuing.php (scroll to bottom of page for information regarding possible funding from the Texas Public Educational Grant)
- Student Affairs Resources and Support http://www.depts.ttu.edu/studentaffairs/SACOVID19.php
- CARES Act
- Comprehensive Mental Health Resources and Referrals
Loaner computers, etc.
- A limited number of loaner laptops, cellular hotspots, webcams, and headsets available are available by emailing email@example.com (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/
All services for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars will be available by remote access, including the following:
- The Graduate Center. Appointments for statistical consulting and library research assistance may be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Graduate Writing Center. Appointments may be made through https://appserv.itts.ttu.edu/WcOnline/eraider/login
- Graduate Student Enrollment Services. Appointments may be made by emailing email@example.com
- General Advising. Appointments may be made through Strive.
- Professional and career development events will be made available remotely through synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Check weekly email announcements and Graduate School Calendar at http://www.depts.ttu.edu/gradschool/
- Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships. Assistance with developing and submitting external fellowships may be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Questions about graduate student or postdoctoral issues may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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