• Advisory Council addresses tuition increase

    Since the UT System announced a proposed two percent tuition increase over the next two years, the Tuition Policy Advisory Council at UT-Austin disclosed in a University-wide email the plan it is considering and announced dates of public forums.  

    According to the email, the council is considering recommending a three percent tuition increase, an average increase of $150 per semester for undergraduate students. 

    “UT is committed to maintaining the quality of the educational experience our students deserve and works hard to minimize the financial burden students and their families assume,” Judith Langois and Mary Knight, co-chairs of the council, said in the email. “Keeping the University of Texas at Austin affordable and accessible for students of all backgrounds is a top priority.”

    A website has been created for students to express their comments and concerns while learning about what this tuition increase will go toward funding. Forums will be held on Dec. 2 in the Main Building, room 212 from 5 to 7 p.m. and the following day on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon in the same room. 

    Joey Williams, interim communication director in the office of the Provost, said these days give more people an ability to attend and offer options for those with fixed working schedules.  

  • Zeta Beta Tau incident not hazing, according to ZBT international headquarters

    The incident of two students on top of the Zeta Beta Tau house that is being investigated by UT is not an incident of hazing, according to a comment made by ZBT international headquarters.

    “Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity does not condone any acts of hazing,” ZBT international staff said, “All men are initiated as full equals with full privileges and responsibility.”

    The international headquarters said the two students who were photographed sleeping on top of the ZBT roof were not allowed to be there. ZBT international headquarters said the two individuals will be held accountable for their actions, but did not specify how.

    “This activity was not an act of hazing, but an act of poor choices by two brothers.”

    The UT Dean of Students Office is still investigating the issue, but there have been no further updates reported from the office.