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TTU Board of Regents discuss future return to campus

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Face-to-face classes will resume at Texas Tech in the fall. But it's not going to be easy, or cheap. 

Social distancing guidelines will be practiced and housing usually would violate some of those. However, the Board of Regents is eliminating three-to-four student occupancy, and is considering having only one student per room.

"That means we would have to have hundreds and hundreds of apartments available," Texas Tech Chancellor Tedd Mitchell said. "We're working with Marc McDougal and a group of people that own apartments around here to work with us on that."

One of Texas Tech's biggest costs is personnel. Bringing faculty up to speed with more classes online is one of the challenges Texas Tech is facing. 

"A lot of what the coronavirus did was it took changes that were going to place over the next decade and it just compressed them all down into a time frame of a few months instead of several years. I don't think we'll ever be back to where we were in 2019, " Mitchell said.

The university system has six facilities under construction that experienced delays and have either lowered work count or split shifts. The system has faced three positive COVID-19 cases. One on the dairy barn project, El Paso medical science building and the vet school. 

"They stand in line six feet apart," Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction Billy Breedlove said. "Get their temperature checked coming in, and it takes time getting them in and out of the project. They practice social distancing on the site."

Mitchell says football is a huge question, but there hasn't been much talk about canceling it since it is so critically important. The regents are also considering alternatives such as starting it in October or the spring. The next board meeting is August 6th-7th. 

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