Texas Tech University

Health & Safety for Students

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Important Notices

General Guidelines

  • Face masks or appropriate face coverings will be required in campus buildings by all students, faculty, and staff. Face coverings are also required in public outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be achieved: Policy & Exemptions | CPE Challenges & Solutions
  • Wash hands frequently with soapy water (soap and water) for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. This video from the Texas Tech Department of Environmental Health & Safety will show you the proper techniques.
  • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others when possible. If you can't maintain a 6-foot physical distance, be sure to wear your mask or appropriate face covering.
  • Once arriving on campus, students are discouraged from traveling away from Lubbock, especially to areas where COVID-19 infections rates are high.
  • Avoid large social gatherings (parties, etc.), especially where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover mouth with tissues whenever sneezing, and discard used tissues in the trash. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into the elbow or upper sleeve, not into hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. This includes cell phones, laptops, iPads, etc. with approved wipes and cleaning solutions.
  • Use telephone and video conferencing instead of face-to-face study sessions or group meetings.
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • If you suspect you may have COVID-19, you can utilize this website to review your symptoms. Also, the CDC has partnered with Apple to provide a screening application for iPhones.

Important Resources

Campus COVID-19 Related Questions
(806) 742-5929

Student Health Services (Monday-Friday)
(806) 743-2848

TTUHSC Nurse-on-Demand
(After Hours/Weekends)

(806) 743-2911

Student COVID-19 Related Absences
Information

Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptom Checker

Campus Communications & Active Cases
TTU COVID-19 Website

Exposure to COVID-19

  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student should immediately notify Student Health Services by calling (806) 743-2848. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. If a positive result is received after hours or on a weekend, the student should call the TTUHSC Nurse-on-Demand at (806) 743-2911 for reporting and medical guidance.
  • All students that test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to complete the mandated self-isolation period provided by the CDC.
  • The Dean of Students Office can assist the student with accommodations to their academic schedule in the event of a positive COVID-19 result or mandated self-isolation.
  • A student that tests positive or has been exposed to the virus will be contacted by a trained contact tracer. It is important that the student be responsive to these communications.
  • If a student lives in university housing and is required to self-isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure or a positive test result, the student may be asked to temporarily vacate their current housing location and return to their permanent residence or move to a different location to complete self-isolation until the student meets the CDC guidelines for return.
  • If a student (that lives in university housing) is unable to return home and a campus self-isolation unit is not available, the university will work to assist that student with temporary accommodations, including meal delivery and wellness checks, so that the self-isolation period can be fulfilled.

Testing

  • Texas Tech recommends that students who have not been practicing the safety guidelines recommended by the governor have a COVID-19 PCR viral test prior to returning to campus for any scheduled activities, meetings, or classes. In addition to testing, we highly encourage all students to monitor your daily health, watching for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students can take advantage of a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing location (organized by the Texas Department of Emergency Management) that will be set up in the north parking lot of the Texas Tech University Museum. This drive-thru testing option will begin on August 3 and close on August 24. The drive-thru will be open Monday through Saturday (Weather Permitting) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required to use this drive-thru option and you can reserve a testing time in one-week increments, with dates and times coming online each Saturday for the upcoming week. Students can access the drive-thru testing location at 10th Street and Indiana Avenue (map) and follow the directional signage.
  • After August 24th, Student Health Services will coordinate COVID-19 testing for the remainder of the semester. To schedule a test, contact Student Health Services at (806) 743-2848. The costs for testing provided through Student Health Services will be billed to insurance for those students that are covered. Insurance pays 100 percent of the testing costs. The self-pay cost is $40 and can be posted to a student's account through student business services
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student should immediately notify Student Health Services by calling (806) 743-2848. Student Health Services is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. If a positive result is received after hours or on a weekend, the student should call the TTUHSC Nurse-on-Demand at (806) 743-2911 for reporting and medical guidance. All students that test positive or are exposed to COVID-19 will be required to complete the mandated self-isolation period provided by the CDC. The Dean of Students Office can assist the student with accommodations to their academic schedule.
  • If a student tests negative, it is important to keep taking the necessary precautions to avoid contracting the virus.

Contact Tracing

  • Trained contact tracers will communicate with the student directly, in the event it is determined that there has been an exposure.
  • To assist contact tracers, students that receive a COVID-19 positive test result should notify Student Health Services at (806) 743-2848.
  • If a health professional or university administrator contacts a student via phone or email, the student should make every effort to respond as quickly as possible. Notifying individuals of exposure so that they can begin self-isolation is critical in helping to stop the spread of the disease.
  • If a student lives in university housing and is required to self-isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure or a positive test result, the student may be asked to temporarily vacate their current housing location and return to their permanent residence or move to a different location to complete self-isolation until the student meets the CDC guidelines for return.

Sanitization

  • The Texas Tech Custodial Department  incorporates the latest cleaning technologies and a strong commitment to the utmost health and wellbeing of every person on campus.
  • The disinfectants utilized by the custodial department are proven to kill viruses like COVID-19, as well as others.
  • The team cleaning process that is used at Texas Tech concentrates on elevating air quality with multi-filtration vacuum systems. This process requires vigorous training for each custodian.
  • In addition to traditional cleaning methods, the custodial department uses an electrostatic application of disinfectants to complement the regular cleaning process. This application process allows the team to disinfect areas that traditional cleaning methods may miss by applying an electrostatic charge to liquid disinfectants to all surfaces.
  • The TTU Operations Division has been performing preventative maintenance on all airflow units and providing anti-microbial filters for areas needing additional filtration. Texas Tech also has six UV light ionization machines that can be dispatched as needed for room or air handler purification.

Personal Hygiene

  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed throughout campus, including the residence halls and dining facilities.
  • Red Raider Wellness stations are being deployed in all academic buildings. These stations feature hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and a limited supply of disposable masks. The sanitizing wipes can be used to wipe down personal seating areas in classrooms and common areas.
  • Paper towels will be available in all restrooms to open doors, and additional automated hand dryers are being installed.