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Texas Tech extends Spring Break & switches to online classes

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In an abundance of caution, despite no cases of COVID-19 in students, faculty or staff, Texas Tech has canceled classes for the week after Spring Break. It'll move to online classes after that.

"This is more than a little inconvenience. This is hugely problematic for students, staff and parents to do this," Texas Tech Chancellor Ted Mitchell said.

The changes come as a precautionary effort to help prevent community spread of Coronavirus. The fear is students would leave campus for spring break and come back with the virus. Staff is expected to report to work as usual.

"It's just kind of keeping the community safe and the students from not getting exposed to it with everyone, so personally I'm for it," Texas Tech Junior Shadi Asad said.

"We don't know how a lot of these classes will translate to online," Texas Tech Sophomore Madison McKillip said.

President Schovanec said the University faculty understands this will have an impact on the quality of education.

"Labs are a big concern because they're saying they might convert to virtual, but you're halfway through labs that need hands on stimulation," Texas Tech Sophomore Kelsey Bourland said.

"It's definitely going to put them behind because some people don't even have the materials to work with or the area to work on," Texas Tech Freshman Oba Gray said. 

Trying to make the transition to online seamless, the University has provided resources and workshops for teachers. 

"Staff have already circled up and began thinking creatively about simulation and how they can deliver simulation, so that we don't have a loss in the student experiences," TTUHSC Interim President Lori Rice-Spearman said.

President Schovanec said online classes are not cheaper and compensation to students is not an option.

"Some staff have asked will I receive extra compensation to make this transition, that's also not on the table," Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said.

Texas Tech has more than 100 students studying abroad. The school has paid for each to come home.

"Just a week ago, the majority of them were in countries that were deemed low risk countries, well just over the course of the past week they have been deemed high risk countries by the CDC," Texas Tech Chancellor Ted Mitchell said.

Dorms and the library will stay open. The University is discouraging any large gatherings on campus, limited to 50 people.

"If they're going to go ahead and have us do this, at least do some type of cleaning while we're gone," Gray said.

The Big 12 Basketball Men's and Women's Tournaments and all other Big 12 Championships scheduled through April 15 have been canceled. All spring sports at Tech are canceled through March 29. In-season sports practices are allowed.

"The Commissioner gave us a hint as the financial implications of this are and they're significant. Not just ticket sales, but tv revenue." President Schovanec said.

As far as graduation, Texas Tech leaders are discussing four scenarios and will announce the solution by the end of the month.


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