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Dear TTUHSC community,

In my email last week updating you on our phased plan for returning limited university operations and academics to campus, I closed with a charge to each of us: accepting personal responsibility to keep our TTUHSC communities safe.

Beginning June 1, all faculty, staff, and students will conduct a daily self-screen prior to coming to campus or entering other university facilities. This replaces the current requirement to complete a daily self-attestation form.

The self-screening process, as outlined in the Operational Phases Return To Campus Memorandum, includes:

Self-screening prior to arriving on campus

  • Team members must conduct a self-screen, including temperature check, and confirm they are not exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, which include:
    • Fever greater than 100 degrees.
    • A new cough that is not attributable to another medical condition.
    • New muscle aches not attributable to another medical condition or another specific activity (e.g., due to physical exercise).
    • Throat pain not attributable to another medical condition.
    • New shortness of breath not attributable to another condition.
  • If a team member does not own a thermometer, upon arrival on campus they may use one as provided by their supervisor or program director.

If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms

  • Team members who are exhibiting symptoms and/or have a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be required to stay home and:
    • Inform their supervisor/program director.
    • Seek proper medical advice.
    • Test for COVID-19 as may be appropriate.
    • Submit an online screening tool to the TTUHSC Office of Institutional Health for follow up and additional guidance.

In following this process, we are living our INTEGRITY value by committing to hold ourselves and others accountable so that our campuses are safe for the entire TTUHSC community and those we serve.

As an added precaution, we have limited public access to our buildings with designated entrances for our patients. All other exterior doors will remain locked, requiring TTUHSC badge access for entry. Access points for university facilities not identified in the campus maps will be provided to team members at those facilities. If you experience any difficulties with badge access, please contact your local Texas Tech Police Department.

I hope you are doing well, and I look forward to when we can all return to campus and enjoy our rich campus experiences.


Warmest regards,


Lori Rice-Spearman 


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Lori Rice-Spearman, Ph.D.
Interim President and Provost
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center