Texas Tech University

FAQs

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Academic Instruction

How will my classes be delivered this fall?

Texas Tech will resume in-person teaching and learning for the fall 2020 semester utilizing a blend of face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities. Our course modalities will remain flexible with more than two-thirds of our courses being taught using some degree of face-to-face instruction.

How will social distancing be enforced in the classroom?

Texas Tech's Operations Division, working with the Registrar's office and all academic units, has developed spacing plans for the fall semester for each classroom and building on campus. Faculty and staff will ensure these protocols are followed in their respective classrooms. The Operations Division has also identified alternative locations on campus that accommodate social distancing for larger classes without reducing the number of students in the course.

Are masks required in the classroom?

Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering when attending an in-person class or when you are inside a campus building: Campus Face Covering Policy & Exemptions.

If a student changes to a distance student is their tuition different or higher as a distance student versus a student that takes an online class that is online due to COVID?

Contrary to what many people believe, online classes actually cost the university more to deliver. At TTU, online classes (those scheduled as online, distance, or at one of the regional sites) include an Online and Distance Learning Fee (OLDE fee) this fee is charged to help offset increased technology costs for delivering online classes. If a student is only taking online classes, they will not pay some of the campus related fees.

If a student is taking both Online and On-Campus classes, they will be charged the OLDE fee on the online classes and appropriate campus-based fees for their face-to-face classes.

Is there a price difference between online classes and distance programs?

No, online classes that are part of approved online or distance programs and general online classes are charged the same tuition and fee rates. Some online programs may have program specific fees, but these are typically at the graduate level.

Is online or distance learning easier than on-campus?

No, the only difference between learning on-campus and learning online is that in an online class you are not sitting in a classroom. The requirements of your online class will mirror that of a face-to-face course you will have the same student learning outcomes and requirements.

On-Campus Living

What will the move-in process look like?

We are expanding our move-in dates to accommodate proper social distancing and to avoid crowded spaces. Students will be able to begin moving into the residence halls on Aug. 8 by making an online reservation in advance. The online reservation system will be made available to students on July 1.

How will social distancing be enforced in residence halls?

University Housing (UH) has reduced all triple and quadruple occupancy residential areas to double occupancy only. All rooms adhere to federal and state guidance for social distancing. Additionally, some furniture in residential hall common areas has been removed to allow for appropriate social distancing spacing.

University Housing staff, including community advisors in residence halls, will encourage all residents to wear face masks and practice extensive cleanliness within their rooms: Campus Face Covering Policy & Exemptions. UH will also place signage throughout residence halls promoting an increased focus on personal sanitization practices.

Will face masks be required in residence halls?

Health & Safety

Are masks required in campus buildings?

Face masks or appropriate face coverings will be required in campus buildings by all students, faculty, and staff: Campus Face Covering Policy & Exemptions.

What plans are in place if a university community member tests positive for COVID-19?

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days and should immediately notify Student Health Services. For students living on campus, a limited number of isolated living spaces will be available to accommodate the student. However, the student will be strongly encouraged to return home (if possible) in order to complete the 14-day self-isolation period.

If a faculty or staff member tests positive, that person is required to self-quarantine away from campus for 14 days.

In the event of a campus community member testing positive, the areas where that person lives (if on-campus housing) and attends class will undergo a thorough cleaning, in addition to the extensive sanitization measures currently undertaken.

What should I do if someone I know – a classmate, friend or instructor – tests positive?

For anyone who has been in contact with someone who tests positive, the university will follow federal and state guidance on self-isolating. Students can contact Student Health Services for information regarding testing and exposure.

What are the university plans should another outbreak occur?

The university will adhere to federal and state guidance in the event of a second outbreak of COVID-19. Student, faculty, and staff will be notified of any changes to academic instruction and campus operations.

Social Distancing

How will social distancing be enforced in residence halls?

University Housing (UH) has reduced all triple and quadruple occupancy residential areas to double occupancy only. All rooms adhere to federal and state guidance for social distancing. Additionally, some furniture in residential hall common areas has been removed to allow for appropriate social distancing spacing.

University Housing staff, including community advisors in residence halls, will encourage all residents to wear face masks and practice extensive cleanliness within their rooms: Campus Face Covering Policy & Exemptions. UH will also place signage throughout residence halls promoting an increased focus on personal sanitization practices.

How will social distancing be enforced in the classroom?

Texas Tech's Operations Division has developed spacing plans for the fall semester for each classroom and building on campus. Faculty and staff will ensure these protocols are followed in their respective classrooms. The Operations Division has also identified alternative locations on campus that accommodate social distancing for larger classes without reducing the number of students in the course.

How will social distancing be enforced in campus buildings?

The university has advised colleges and departments to reduce the number of staff in offices and on campus at any given time by instituting alternative work methods. This includes staff concurrently working in the office and at home. Messaging to students regarding safe social distancing protocols in buildings and throughout campus will be enforced through physical and digital signage, and verbal and written recommendations from faculty, staff and university administration.

How will social distancing be enforced at campus events?

The university will follow local and state guidelines for group gatherings. Building managers, in conjunction with Operations Division, will determine the number of people allowed in each room on campus to meet local and state guidelines.

How will social distancing affect organizational membership recruitment?

The Center for Campus Life will communicate with and educate students on the university's safety protocols, and enforce strict safety measures during organizational student recruitment, including sorority and fraternity rush events. Recommended social distancing and personal safety measures will be enforced at each event.

Fraternity & Sorority Recruitment

When will fall recruitment begin?

The university will have recruitment for new members with all of our College Panhellenic Council (CPH), Interfraternity Council (IFC), Multicultural Greek Council (MCG) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) groups this fall. Recruitment activities are scheduled to start mid-August and go through the fall semester.