Texas Tech students create ‘COVID Watch’ Page

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LUBBOCK, Texas — A new Twitter page called @ttucovidwatch was started in early September following Texas Tech University’s reopening in August.

The page was explained as a place where members of the community can send in tips, including photos and videos, featuring students not following social distancing rules or out at off-campus parties.

 “We just started seeing lots of videos and pictures of people just going out and having parties and going to bars like everything was normal,” the creators said.

Two students started the page after they felt not enough was being done regarding the recent spike in cases on campus. They said they are receiving mixed reactions from users.

 “For the most part it’s positive. I mean there’s always going to be a couple people who are like no, we hate what you’re doing you need to stop.”

The page already has more than 900 followers. Members of the community are invited to send videos, pictures and screenshots. The creators said they have received tips from both students and faculty.

“From professors it’s mostly emails that they’ve gotten from higher up,” the creators said. “Showing what’s going on in the classroom.”

The creators said their goal is to hold students and administration accountable.

“Whether that’s parties that are happening, how the university is planning to keep people accountable, new housing, guidelines, new classroom guidelines, We’re the only consistent source of information,” the creator said.

A tweet from the Texas Tech Dean of Students said quote ‘please know we cannot feasibly monitor social media for concerns.’

Students are asked to submit concerns to the Raiders Report website.

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