College at Texas Tech to require unvaccinated students to regularly test for COVID

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LUBBOCK, Texas — According to an email sent from Texas Tech University’s College for Visual and Performing Arts, many students and staff involved with the programs are required to comply with weekly COVID testing.

The email lists 28 programs within the college that are included too. The requirement is for individuals participating in these select performance-based activities.

However, there are two exemptions. The first is individuals who can provide proof of full vaccination and are asymptomatic. The second refers to individuals who can provide proof of a positive COVID-19 test within the last 90 days and are asymptomatic for COVID-19.

Texas Tech’s Vice President for Student Academic Affairs Dr. Ron Hendrick said the upcoming performances have largely influenced the need to take further precautions.

“We need to make sure that we’ve got students and other participants are COVID free,” Hendrick said. “That is for the protection for our students, our staff and the audience.”

Goin’ Band member and Texas Tech student Luke Parker said he doesn’t mind the change in protocol.

“It’s not required vaccination,” Parker said. “This testing protocol adds a layer to that personal accountability and accountability from the administration. So, I appreciate that.”

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