Texas Tech’s College for Visual and Performing Arts requiring unvaccinated students to test for COVID

Interim Dean Genevieve Durham DeCesaro of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts sent out a letter to students, faculty and staff within the college outlining the college’s response to COVID-19 and requiring testing for individuals participating in any groups or programs within the college.

According to the letter, Marching Band (the Goin Band from Raiderland), Concert Band, University Choir, University Singers, Mariachi Ensemble and many more are now required for regular COVID-19 testing starting on Sept. 13.

Students who test negative are able to participate in the groups, according to the letter; however, an individual must get tested twice if they receive a positive result the first time.

If the individual does receive a second positive then they will be temporarily removed from the program, the letter states, and are to follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines.

“If you are not exempt from testing and you refuse to be tested, you will not be permitted to participate in the performances and groups noted in item 1.  Please visit with your School Director if you have questions about testing compliance related to a specific ensemble or production,” according to the letter.

Individuals may be exempt, according to the letter, if they provide vaccination proof, are asymptomatic or if they show a positive COVID-19 result from the last 90 days and are also asymptomatic.

"Beginning the week of Sept. 13, individuals participating in select performance-based activities within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts will be required to undergo regular COVID-19 testing subject to certain exemptions. This decision was made in consideration of enhanced risk for transmission of COVID-19 within these activities and is not a reaction to any increase in reported positive cases within these groups. Texas Tech University takes the health and safety of its students, faculty, staff, and those around them very seriously, and this measure is designed to help sustain the return to live performances this fall," read a statement provided by Texas Tech.