Some of the federal policy changes include universities no longer being required to investigate off-campus incidents and adding live hearings as a part of an investigation. The University is also following recommendations from Husch Blackwell after the firm reviewed University Title IX policies.
The statement calls for the University administration to clarify financial aid communications and waive auxiliary fees. SG and Senate are also asking the University to follow the lead of peer institutions such as UT-San Antonio on several of the items.
Tuition and fees at public universities and the increasing number of eligible students have outgrown the TEXAS Grant program’s ability to cover recipients’ tuition and fees, according to the 2019 TEXAS Grants report.
Hartzell said if students self-isolate before returning to campus, it will help lower the spread of COVID-19 in the community. He said the University is relying on students to take this responsibility seriously.