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

  • Students that receive a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 by an off-campus medical provider, should report their result immediately using this online reporting form. Students that have concerns about exposure to COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services at 806-743-2848: Positive Student Test Notification and Protocol.
  • 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 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 and wellness checks and will also ensure the student has internet access so that they may continue with their studies.

Testing

  • Texas Tech recommends that students who have not been practicing proper safety guidelines 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. If you have concerns or a known exposure, please take advantage of the free on-campus testing.
  • Students can find out more information on where and how to obtain a COVID-19 test by using this link.
  • Students that receive a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 by an off-campus medical provider, should report their result immediately using this online reporting form.
  • A student that receives a positive test result from Student Health Services will be advised whether or not reporting is required.
  • 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 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 and wellness checks and will also ensure the student has internet access so that they may continue with their studies.

Mental Health Resources

  • A consequence of this pandemic has been a strain on the mental health and well-being of our student body. Texas Tech has numerous on-campus mental health resources that are available to all students that are struggling. In addition, there are self-help and off-campus mental health resources that are also available to assist you.
  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the Texas Tech Crisis Hotline at 806-742-5555. The hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year. You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255 or 888-628-9454 (en español).

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.