Texas Tech University

COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Performance, Production, and Ensemble

Required Covid Testing

Regular COVID-19 testing is required for individuals (students, faculty, staff, and/or community members) participating in any or all of the following:

Concert Band

Symphonic Band

Marching Band

Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Lubbock Chorale

Matador Singers

Scarlet Vocé

University Choir

University Singers

Jazz Ensembles

Trombone Choir

Trumpet Ensembles

Percussion Ensembles

Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Sinfonietta

Collegium Musicum

Mariachi Ensemble

Steel Drum Band

Tango Ensemble

Celtic Ensemble

Clarinet Choir

New/Contemporary Music Ensemble

Opera Theatre

Orchestra

Fall Dance Festival

DanceTech

In a Word

Bike America

Spring Awakening 

 

Requirements for Individual Participants

Requirements for individual participants in any of the groups/productions listed above:

  1. Participants in the groups or productions above are required to complete regular testing, free of charge, for COVID-19 to remain eligible for participation. All individuals in these groups or productions be contacted by a School, Ensemble, or Production Director with details about all of the following:
  2. Period of time that an individual is required to complete testing:  Example: between September 4th and October 31st or until otherwise notified. 
  3. Frequency and location of required testing:  Example: Individuals in the Arandelle Ensemble will take a COVID-19 test every Wednesday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in Olafson Hall.   
  4. Procedure for continued participation:  
    1. Individuals who test negative for COVID-19 may continue to fully participate in their identified performance activities and groups.
    2. Individuals, regardless of vaccination status, who test positive for COVID-19 on an initial test will be required to take a second test to confirm the result.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 on an initial test will receive detailed instructions about taking a second test, which will also be offered at no charge to the individual. Individuals who test negative on the second test may continue to fully participate in their identified performance activities and groups.
    3. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 on their second test will temporarily be removed from participating in performance groups and events and will follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control, copied here:
  5. If you test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, take the following steps to protect others regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status: Isolate at home and isolate away from others for at least 10 days from the second positive test date.
  6. Participants may be exempt from testing if they:
    1. provide proof of full vaccination and are asymptomatic for COVID-19, or;
    2. provide proof of positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days and are asymptomatic for COVID-19.
  7. Additional details about providing proof of exemption will be provided by School, Ensemble, or Production Directors.
  8. Vaccinated participants who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested and, should they test positive, will follow the procedures outlined in 2.iii, above.

Testing Exemption Documentation Submission Form

FAQs

When will this testing requirement begin?

Unless otherwise communicated, the week of September 13th. Any delay to that targeted start date will be communicated with all affected students, faculty, and staff in advance. 

Will I have to pay to be tested?

No. There will be no cost to any student, faculty, or staff member who is participating in required testing.

Where can I submit proof of vaccination?

You can submit proof of vaccination through the TCVPA COVID-19 Testing Exemption Documentation Submission Form.

Can I be exempt from testing if I've only had one shot in a two-shot vaccine?

If I have a medical or religious exemption from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, do I have to get tested?

No, an individual must be fully vaccinated to be exempt from testing requirements.

What if I want to get vaccinated?

Yes. Results from required testing will not, in any way, compel any individual to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

The university will be hosting campus vaccination clinics, or you can receive your vaccine through your physician or your local pharmacy.

Can my roommate come get tested with me?

This testing is only available to students identified as participants in one or more of the ensembles or groups noted in item 1. 

What if I refuse to be tested?

We hope you will not, as testing is fast, free, and safe. However, if you are not exempt from testing and you refuse to be tested, you will not be permitted to participate in the performances and groups noted in item 1.  Please visit with your School Director if you have questions about testing compliance related to a specific ensemble or production.

Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?

Please send any questions/concerns to: tcvpa.deansoffice@ttu.edu