Below is the latest COVID-related guidance for students from main campus, which was distributed August 13, 2021. The University guidance includes general health and safety protocols, recommended syllabus statements you may see from instructors, and other course-related information.
Please carefully review this new guidance and note especially that any student who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 must use this link to report. We also ask that any student who has a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person contact Student Health Services at 806-743-2848 and reach out to Associate Dean Sofia Chapman for guidance, assistance, and support.
University General Health & Safety Guidance for Students
• Although COVID-19 vaccinations are not mandated, Texas Tech is strongly recommending that all students be vaccinated for COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective and will protect the student and other members of the Texas Tech community.
• Masks will not be required for either indoor or outdoor activities on campus, however, all visitors to the Student Health Clinic will be required to wear a mask. The wearing of masks while in public indoor settings and frequently washing your hands has proven to be effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19.
• The CDC recommends that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear a face mask indoors after a known exposure.
• Prior to arrival on campus, all unvaccinated students in university housing should develop an action plan in the event they are required to self-isolate or quarantine due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure. This plan should include a location to complete the self-isolation/quarantine period, access to groceries/meal delivery, access to necessary medications, numbers of emergency contacts, and contact information for their preferred healthcare provider.
• Fully vaccinated students (including those with medical or religious exemptions) who aren't experiencing symptoms will not be required to quarantine following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, including roommates. Following a known exposure, students should monitor for symptoms over the course of 14 days and quarantine if symptoms develop.
• Fully vaccinated students who receive a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate. Students that are vaccinated, including those with medical and religious exemptions, and live in university housing will be provided with a location to complete the self- isolation period. If an off-campus location is necessary, the university will cover the associated housing expenses.
• Unvaccinated or undisclosed students who have been identified as having a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive person will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days or longer depending upon testing. If a student is unvaccinated and can prove a COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery in the last three months, quarantine will not be required.
• Unvaccinated or undisclosed students who receive a positive diagnosis for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate. The university will offer information regarding off-campus options for unvaccinated students that reside in university housing to complete the self-isolation period but will not cover any associated expenses.
• Any student who has a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 must use this link to report.
• Students who have a high-risk exposure to someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks should access the online reporting platform (https://ttucovid19.ttu.edu/User/Consent) to take a “quick assessment” or “full self-screening.” Based on responses, automated messages provide contact information for campus/clinic resources, emergency room precautions, or planning observation.
• Students who are fully vaccinated and want to participate in the vaccination incentive opportunity may submit their vaccination record to Student Health Services using the Submit Vaccination Record button at https://www.depts.ttu.edu/communications/emergency/coronavirus/.
University Recommended Syllabus Statements
Potential Changes: The University will continue to monitor CDC, State, and TTU System guidelines in continuing to manage the campus implications of COVID-19. Any changes affecting class policies or delivery modality will be in accordance with those guidelines and announced as soon as possible. If Texas Tech University campus operations are required to change because of health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that this course will move to a fully online delivery format. Should that be necessary, students will be advised of technical and equipment requirements, such as web cam, microphone, and remote proctoring software.
Vaccinations: Texas Tech University strongly recommends students adhere to CDC guidelines on COVID-19, including obtaining COVID-19 vaccinations. If you were unable to obtain a vaccination prior to your arrival on campus, the COVID-19 vaccine is available at Student Health Services by appointment. You can find additional information about the vaccine here, and about the recently announced incentive program here.
Face Covering Policy: As of May 19, 2021, face coverings are optional in TTU facilities and classrooms but, based on CDC guidelines, are recommended and welcome, especially for those who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 or who may have susceptibilities to the virus. Face coverings are required in public transportation (e.g., Citibus) and in the Student Health Clinic. Students in off-campus activities such as internships, practicums, student teaching, and service learning engagements are expected to adhere to the protocols in place by the hosting third party.
Social Distancing: There is no longer mandated social distancing protocol for classroom seating, but social distancing is recommended in rooms that will enable it.
Personal Hygiene: We all should continue to practice frequent hand washing, use hand sanitizers after touching high-touch points (e.g., door handles, shared keyboards, etc.), and cover faces when coughing or sneezing.
Other Course-Related Information for Students
Illness-Related Absences: Instructors will provide syllabus statements on absences and attendance. Generally, student absences due to illness will be considered as they were prior to the pandemic, with consideration given to the fact that students who are isolating with COVID-19 and students who are quarantining for symptoms or direct exposure may have extended days of absence. Makeup opportunities will be provided in a reasonable timeframe by instructors.
In-Person Office Hours: Virtual office hours may be offered but generally virtual meetings will not be offered wholly in lieu of in-person opportunities, though instructors may choose to meet in locations other than their personal offices. Masks during in-person meetings are optional and welcome. Instructors may request (but not require) students to wear masks when attending in-office visits, utilize social distancing as feasible, and arrange for office visits in large spaces (e.g., vacant classrooms).