Our Commitment to Health and Safety
Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Texas Tech's plans to return to campus, as outlined below, are based upon information available as of August 24, 2020. Texas Tech will continue to follow and make decisions based on guidance provided by local and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control.
Texas Tech Commitment Announcements:
Governor Abbot's Executive Orders:
COVID-19 Health and Safety Procedures
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, University, a component institution of the Texas Tech University System (“University”) has modified its normal campus operating procedures to protect the health and safety of the University community.
Compliance with Federal Guidelines Concerning Residing on Campus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has provided guidance concerning prevention measures to be implemented in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current guidance from the CDC may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html. University requires Student to comply with all guidance set forth by the CDC, including but not limited to social distancing and maintaining proper hygiene practices. Current CDC guidance includes, but is not limited to:
- Using best efforts to maintain a social distance of at least six feet between individuals in common areas.
- Limit the number of guests per occupant to one (1) individual.
- Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, tools and doorknobs (to properly disinfect surfaces, refer to https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2 for products that meet the EPA criteria for use).
- Avoiding use of other persons' phones, computers, books, or other personal items.
- Ensuring persons who are sick stay home until CDC criteria for return are met (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html). Also ensuring that persons who are in close contact with someone who is sick also stay home until CDC guidelines are met.
Notification to University in Event of Positive COVID-19 Case. In the event that Student (a) tests positive for COVID-19, or (b) has been in close contact with someone that tests positive for COVID-19, then Student shall immediately notify University officials, self-isolate until CDC guidelines for recovery are met, and assist University in identifying any other persons on the University campus who may have come in contact with Student. If Student is required to self-isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure or a positive test, Student may be asked to temporarily vacate their current housing location and move to a different location to complete self-isolation until the Student meets the CDC guidelines for return.
If Student believes they have been infected with COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they are urged to contact Student Health Services at 806-743-2911 to speak with a nurse. For guidance on symptoms associated with COVID-19, Student is referred to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
Compliance with Further Guidelines. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Student shall comply with further CDC and other federal, state, and local directives; modifications to University operating procedures; and directives of University relating to protection of the health and safety of the University community, including but not limited to any University procedures instituted for move out of residence halls enacted in the event residence halls are closed for some period of time as a result of COVID-19.
- Face masks or appropriate face coverings are to be worn at all times inside the residence halls and in public outdoor spaces where social distancing can't be maintained: Campus Face Covering Policy and exemptions. Masks will be required in all common areas, hallways, and dining areas. Masks will not be required when students are in their rooms, when using the bathrooms on their floor, or when seated and eating inside a dining area which should be conducted by maintaining physical distancing.
- Living on campus is an important and transformative part of the Texas Tech collegiate experience. Your physical safety and well-being is our top priority and we are going to do everything in our power to ensure you have the best possible experience.
- In order to provide a safer environment, we have reduced the density of seven of our traditional residence halls. Those halls that previously featured triple and quadruple spaces have been reduced to double occupancy.
- Common spaces within residence halls will abide by state and local occupancy guidance and the furniture in each of these spaces has been evaluated to accommodate social distancing recommendations.
- Signage will be placed throughout the residence halls to serve as reminders for social distancing and to provide other important information for our students.
- Student residents will be able to access their residence hall using their student I.D. and can escort visitors to their rooms. The number of visitors per student resident will be limited for the immediate future.
- University Student Housing has always had the highest standards regarding the cleaning of Residence Halls and was meeting the current expectations of COVID-19 cleaning prior to the epidemic.
- University Student Housing employs a cleaning staff dedicated to the cleaning and sanitization of the residence halls. These staff members work seven days a week cleaning all public areas, laundry rooms, community restrooms twice a day, elevators three times a day, and also focus on high touch areas.
- Residence Hall offices will have limited cleaning supplies available for students to borrow and use to maintain their living space. We strongly encourage students to bring cleaning supplies they prefer and meet their individual needs. High-touch surfaces in their room should be wiped down regularly by the student with a sanitized wipe: sink, counters, desks, keyboards, and phones.
- Due to COVID-19, residents will be required to dispose of their trash in designated dumpsters located outside their residence hall. Chitwood, Weymouth, and Coleman residents may dispose of their trash in the available trash chutes on their floor.
- We have installed hand sanitizer stations in all elevator lobbies and main lobbies. These stations will be resupplied daily.
- Students will need to consider their own choices and behaviors with regards to staying healthy. Wash hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, avoid crowds, and monitor your personal distance from others. Do not share drinks or food.
- Monitor your health daily for fever and COVID-19 symptoms. If feeling ill, please contact the Student Health Services immediately for an appointment.
- If a student in University Housing tests positive for COVID-19, that student will be relocated for self-isolation. Contact tracers and University Housing will be in communication with the student regarding health and safety protocols as well as logistics for the mandatory self-isolation period. While in self-isolation, the university will provide meal delivery, wellness checks, and will also ensure the student has internet access so that they may continue with their studies.
- Students are asked to limit guests to one person. There will be a maximum of two guests per traditional room, one for each resident.
- Guests must always be escorted by their hosts in the residence halls.
- Students should remember that they can be held responsible for their guest's behavior.
- Social distancing must be followed in large gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19.