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Communication from The Quarters management leaves residents displaced, scrambling for housing during renovations
March 4, 2021
Some residents of The Quarters on Campus, which includes six West Campus properties, have been displaced with little notice during the past month due to renovations that require residents to move out.
Student sues UT-Austin for prorated tuition during COVID-19 pandemic, says school ‘unlawfully seized’ tuition money for online classes
March 3, 2021
A UT student sued UT-Austin and the UT System Board of Regents on Friday, seeking prorated tuition for all UT students since the COVID-19 pandemic forced classes online in March 2020.
UT-Austin, Texas A&M start donation campaign for students impacted by winter storm
February 28, 2021
A joint donation campaign between UT and Texas A&M to raise funds for students affected by the recent severe winter weather kicked off Feb. 26.
What resources are available on campus after the winter storm?
February 25, 2021
Despite this week’s higher temperatures, Austin is still reeling from the effects of last week’s inclement weather, which caused widespread power and water outages.
Professors react to announcement of possibly teaching in person for fall 2021
February 23, 2021
The announcement said “chances are very high” for in-person teaching in the fall, but the ability to switch back will hinge on how much of the UT community is able to be vaccinated.
Boil water notice lifted for UT-Austin main campus, West Campus, parts of North Campus
February 22, 2021
The University’s main campus is no longer under a boil water notice, according to the emergency messages page. Austin Water lifted the boil water notice Monday morning for the Central Pressure Zone, which includes UT’s main campus, West Campus and parts of North Campus.
What is the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant, and how is UT-Austin reacting to its arrival?
February 21, 2021
B.1.1.7, the COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, found its way to UT’s campus Feb. 5, and as of Feb. 11, UT has identified four cases of B.1.1.7.
Here’s what you need to know about power, water and shelter at and around UT amid severe weather
February 16, 2021
The Texan has compiled and is constantly updating a list of resources and information pertaining to: student emergency housing, financial support and tuition, water at UT, warming centers, campus food options, UTPD’s response to on campus violations, what to expect from classes and professors, power at UT, what’s closed at UT and UHS and CMHC.
UT-Austin cancels in-person, online classes through Wednesday morning "with a few exceptions"
February 15, 2021
UT canceled all in-person and online classes and campus events through at least Thursday at 8 a.m. due to severe winter weather, according to a message from UT President Jay Hartzell.
Power outages due to severe winter weather continue, ‘too early to predict’ when power will be restored
February 15, 2021
Power outages have been affecting some customers since early Monday morning after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas called for rotating outages to turn off power for two million homes in Texas.
MyCampusNet connectivity issues persist, winter weather causes power outages
February 14, 2021
Students with MyCampusNet Wi-Fi have experienced connectivity issues in West Campus for the past few weeks, while some students have also encountered power outages due to winter weather in parts of West and North Campus since Thursday.
UT-Austin estimated to lose nearly $118M during 2021 fiscal year, not including athletics or academic programs
February 9, 2021
The University estimated it will spend $15 million for costs such as technology for classes, maintaining personal protective equipment, COVID-19 testing and other pandemic-related expenditures.
Creekside residents forced out of residence hall
February 8, 2021
UT-Austin told residents of Creekside Residence Hall they had to move out Jan. 27 after they were originally told they had until Jan. 31 to move to another residence hall.
Faculty must be in residence fall 2021, ‘chances are very high’ for in-person learning
February 8, 2021
The update said “chances are very high” UT will transition back to in-person learning at some point in the fall, but remains unclear on when or how that would happen.
West Campus Wi-Fi causes issues for thousands of residents, should now be restored
February 7, 2021
A resolved Wi-Fi connectivity issue for thousands of students residing in buildings owned by American Campus Communities was caused by an "external device interaction with the network."
UT-Austin reports two cases of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant
February 5, 2021
Two cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 from the United Kingdom were reported at UT on Friday, according to an email from University Health Services and Susan Hochman, associate director of assessment, communications and health information technology for University Health Services.
State of the University: Hartzell talks COVID-19 at UT-Austin
February 5, 2021
The annual speech by UT’s president, which has been delivered in person in previous years, was streamed via audio broadcast. Hartzell said the pandemic has shown the importance of public universities such as UT’s role in developing a COVID-19 vaccine.
About 100 fewer UT community members test positive for COVID-19 during first two weeks of spring semester classes compared to fall 2020
February 3, 2021
Over 330 students, staff and faculty from the UT community tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two weeks of the spring semester.
UT announces commencement plans for 2020, 2021 grads amid COVID-19 pandemic
February 2, 2021
On Jan. 19, President Jay Hartzell announced the University is planning commencement ceremonies for the class of 2020 on Sept. 17 and the class of 2021 on May 22 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
UT-Austin not offering COVID-19 vaccines to people outside of Phases 1A, 1B at this time
January 31, 2021
UT-Austin is currently only vaccinating people for COVID-19 who meet the 1A or 1B state qualifications despite claims on social media that the vaccine was available to the general public.
West Campus experiences Wi-Fi connectivity issues, possibly impacting over 7,000 students
January 28, 2021
CampusConnect did not comment on when the issues would be resolved or what is causing the problem.
Some UT-Austin students say they were misled into signing petition to reinstate homeless camping ban
January 26, 2021
Aswathi Thomas isn’t the only UT student who said they felt misled into signing the petition, which Save Austin Now submitted last week with 27,000 signatures
UT-Austin set to receive more than $48 million in federal COVID-19 relief
January 24, 2021
UT-Austin will receive about $48.38 million from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act passed by the United States Congress last month.
Most undergraduate hybrid classes transition online until February
January 21, 2021
Undergraduate hybrid classes — excluding pharmacy and nursing courses — were moved to an online-only format through January.
UT-Austin requires COVID-19 test for returning dorm residents
January 11, 2021
On-campus dorm residents at UT will be required to take a COVID-19 test within four days of returning to their residence hall according to an email they received Friday.
13 people, including current, former UT-Austin students, charged with drug trafficking in West Campus
December 4, 2020
Of the 13 defendants, eight are former or current UT-Austin students, including business, chemistry, mathematics and psychology majors. At the press conference, investigators said sales were over $1 million.
UT-Austin prepares for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, has no plans to make it a requirement
December 2, 2020
Jonathan Robb, director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that health care personnel and long-term care facility workers will be the first to get vaccines. He said UT’s plan will follow the CDC’s guidelines when distributing vaccines.
UT-Austin increases rent at 3 University-owned apartment complexes by 41%
November 26, 2020
A Tenant Advisory Board said in an email that some students will no longer find the housing to be affordable with the rent hike.
UT-Austin has spent over 80% less on paper since March compared to past 2 years
November 24, 2020
Since the pandemic forced classes online, UT spent a little over $195,000 on paper in 2020 from March to October. The University spent over $1 million over the same months in 2018 and 2019.
UT-Austin sees increases in Pell Grant recipients
November 11, 2020
This year’s freshman class enrolled one of the highest percentages of Pell Grants awardees ever, according to a UT News press release from Oct. 29.
Ballots cast in Travis County jumps by 125,000 in 2020 election compared to 2016
November 4, 2020
Even though Texas will most likely still be at the bottom of the list in terms of state voter turnouts, Texas’ voter turnout has increased, said Joshua Blank, director of research for the Texas Politics Project
New 30-story student living apartment set to open in 2022, offer affordable housing
October 30, 2020
Waterloo will be one of the tallest buildings in the area at 320 feet, making it taller than both the UT Tower and the Texas State Capitol.
‘The world is still out there:’ New COLA series offers virtual vacations for students to learn about languages, cultures
October 21, 2020
The College of Liberal Arts started offering a virtual vacation series Oct. 13 for students to learn about new languages and cultures despite the pandemic. The last sessions will be held Oct. 22.
Nontraditional students face additional challenges with online classes
October 7, 2020
Nontraditional students returning to school often face different challenges than traditional students. This semester, nontraditional students may face additional challenges with online classes.
UT-Austin community members mourn death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 30, 2020
Anika Shah, a government sophomore and co-director of SG’s Women’s Resource Agency, said Ginsburg served as an inspiration for her to pursue law as a career
Rewrite Not Reclaim student movement starts petition to replace ‘The Eyes of Texas’
September 28, 2020
“The Eyes of Texas” was first sung in 1903 at a minstrel show where white performers sung it in blackface.
UT-Austin Energy Symposium lecture addresses challenges of becoming carbon-free
September 15, 2020
Sustainability scientist Ellen Stechel discussed how the transition to a carbon neutral world will require the blending of science, engineering, politics and economics.