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First round of COVID-19 vaccines to come as early as next week to Austin, health officials express concern about upcoming holiday season

December 9, 2020

Austin will receive 13,650 COVID-19 vaccines as early as next week to begin distribution to high-risk health care workers if the United States Food and Drug Association grants an Emergency Use Authorization...


Fall 2020: Looking Forward

December 7, 2020

Campus UT will offer almost 60% of spring classes online with a similar number of courses having online, hybrid and in-person modality as in the fall semester. Students living in residence halls may...


Fall 2020: Looking Back

December 7, 2020

University The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved Jay Hartzell as permanent president of the University on Sept. 21 after he served as interim president since June 1.  Campus Due...


Reports of academic dishonesty dip by 26.4% this fall compared to last fall

December 2, 2020

Reports of academic dishonesty to the Office of the Dean of Students have decreased by 26.4% compared to the same time period last fall. This semester, 103 reports of academic dishonesty have been referred...


UHD seeks student feedback on what dining locations to bring to Texas Union, Student Activity Center

November 27, 2020

The fate of the on-campus Starbucks and Panda Express rests partially in the hands of students, whose feedback on a survey will help determine campus dining options next semester. Aramark Educational...


UT-Austin Liberation Coalition protests for dissolution of UT, Austin Police Departments and Texas DPS presence near campus

November 21, 2020

About 30 students stood in a semicircle in front of the University Co-op Friday evening with signs that said, “Our tuition, our rules,” while chanting, “Fuck the cops,” eliciting...

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Fire at empty West Campus apartment displaces some students, Austin Fire officials say

November 17, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story is developing and will be updated. The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire and evacuated residents at a West Campus condominium complex, Monday evening. AFD...

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Annual UT-Austin bike auction goes virtual with 159 bikes for sale

November 13, 2020

The annual UT bike auction is returning virtually this week with 159 bikes for sale after it was not held last school year.  After laying unclaimed for at least 90 days, bikes abandoned on campus...


City of Austin hosts meeting for District 9 citizens to ‘re-imagine public safety’

November 11, 2020

The city of Austin held a meeting Tuesday to discuss alternative responses to public safety incidents in City Council District 9, which includes West Campus. Roughly 30 residents signed up to participate...


UHD to take over operations, accept Dine In Dollars at dining locations in Texas Union, WCP

November 6, 2020

All dining locations at the Texas Union and the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center will be operated by University Housing and Dining next semester, and Dine In Dollars will be accepted at all...

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Drug, alcohol violations down from last year, suspension no longer required for drug offenses

November 5, 2020

Drug violations recorded by the University have decreased by about 58% since last year, and alcohol violations have decreased by about 14%, according to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Biennial...


Democrat José Garza wins Travis County District Attorney race against Republican Martin Harry

November 4, 2020

Democrat José Garza won the Travis County District Attorney race with 70.98% of the vote against Republican candidate Martin Harry as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to KXAN. Garza will take office...


UT-Austin employees report over 1,000 sexual harassment, assault accounts this year, according to University report

October 30, 2020

University employees reported over 1,000 accounts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking incidents from January to August of this year, according to a University report. Under...


Auto thefts nearly triple, burglaries, thefts also rise in West Campus

October 29, 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, crime rates have risen in West Campus despite the reduced student population. Auto thefts, thefts and burglaries have all risen since the beginning of the pandemic....


Four burglaries reported at The Callaway House in past two weeks

October 29, 2020

The Austin Police Department reported four burglaries at The Callaway House, an off-campus private dorm, in the last two weeks. Three burglaries were reported Oct. 17 on the 7th and 8th floors of The...


University Avenue to be swathed in multicolored flowers next year

October 27, 2020

Hundreds of flowers will bloom on the sides of University Avenue next year when UT breaks ground on a nearly $2 million project, the Gardens of University Avenue. The UT Beautification Council is a...


Seven San Jacinto dorm rooms burglarized over weekend

October 25, 2020

The UT Police Department reported seven dorm rooms were burglarized this weekend in the San Jacinto Residence Hall, according to a UTPD incident notification.  UTPD responded to the first report...


Austin Police investigating student robbed at gunpoint in West Campus

October 20, 2020

A UT student was robbed at gunpoint Saturday in West Campus, according to a UT Police Department incident notification sent Monday. The robbery occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. at the 2100 block...


Real estate professionals weigh in on when to sign apartment leases for next school year

October 20, 2020

As the pandemic obscures how classes will operate in the next school year, students may be conflicted on when the best time to sign apartment leases is, not knowing whether their classes will be primarily...

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Scooter, motorcycle thefts rise in West Campus

October 16, 2020

The Austin Police Department reported an increase in scooter and motorcycle thefts in West Campus, according to an APD alert.  Scooters are particularly easy to steal because they can be picked...


311 COVID-19 concern calls experience spikes in West Campus since beginning of fall semester

October 14, 2020

West Campus has experienced spikes in 311 COVID-19 concern calls since August, according to the Austin Code COVID-19 complaint cases dashboard. About 67% of these calls resulted in no violations found. Austin...


Austin Police Department responds to criminal mischief call at Texas Hillel

October 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include a statement from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. The Austin Police Department responded to a criminal mischief call at...


Gov. Abbott directs Texas DPS to ramp up West Campus patrols after robberies

October 8, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott directed the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday to ramp up patrols in West Campus in response to five robberies reported this week in the area. Abbott said in the press release...


Financial aid packages may be adjusted after disbursed, require repayment

October 8, 2020

Financial aid packages disbursed for the semester could potentially require students to return or adjust money because aid is liable to change until the 12th class day, said Diane Sprague, executive director...

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Naturalization application 81% cost increase temporarily blocked by judge

October 8, 2020

The fee for becoming a citizen would have increased by 81%, from $640 to $1160, on Oct. 2, but a judge issued a preliminary injunction, or a temporary block, on one of the largest fee increases for citizenship...


Higher education, UT extension courses all but halted in prisons during COVID-19

October 5, 2020

When Maggie Luna began her sentence at Lucile Plane State Jail, she hoped to pursue a college education. However, Luna found accessing higher education opportunities in a women’s prison few and far...


UHS to provide flu shots by appointment, highlights need for vaccines during the pandemic

September 28, 2020

University Health Services is urging students to receive a flu vaccination this fall to prevent COVID-19 and flu patients from taking up hospital space and resources simultaneously. “We can wear...


New Title IX training required for all UT-Austin employees this year

September 25, 2020

University employees are required to complete a new, instructor-led Title IX basics training course this year as part of the recommendations released in August to improve UT’s sexual misconduct policies. The...


New COVID-19 dashboard tracks hospitalizations for Texas regions, estimates pandemic’s progression

September 23, 2020

UT researchers created a new online dashboard that tracks COVID-19 hospitalization rates in Texas and provides a forecast for how the epidemic is spreading for different regions in the state. UT’s...


Hybrid, in-person classes not required to move online if student tests positive

September 22, 2020

With UT reporting 1,117 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday evening, some hybrid and in-person classes are making adjustments for when students test positive for or have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.  UT’s...


Students struggle to find jobs as seasonal worker positions decrease

September 16, 2020

Students are coming across fewer available job positions after demand for seasonal workers dropped during the pandemic. The University Co-op hired 24 fewer seasonal workers this semester in anticipation...


Architecture studio hours limited, burdens students

September 14, 2020

Students like architecture junior Damini Sayeed can no longer pull all-nighters in the architecture studio where students create models of buildings and structures. Studio hours have shifted from being...


UT’s Anxiety and Stress Clinic offers free therapy for stressed, anxious Texans

September 11, 2020

UT’s Anxiety and Stress Clinic will continue to offer three free therapy sessions this fall for anyone experiencing distress or anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic. “When the pandemic...


UTPD emergency detentions due to mental health distress calls on rise

September 9, 2020

Editor’s note: This story contains references to mental illness and mental health emergencies.  UT Police Department emergency detentions due to mental health distress calls have increased...


UT-Austin students struggle with receiving fall semester financial aid packages

September 3, 2020

Students say they are experiencing confusing and frustrating delays with financial aid packages, but the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid says financial aid packages are being dispersed without...


American Campus complexes may evict students who host gatherings of more than 10 people

September 3, 2020

West Campus apartment complexes may evict students for violating social distancing guidelines that restrict indoor gatherings to 10 people in response to college students' parties around the nation.  "As...


New app LiveSafe allows students to send texts, videos of concern directly to UTPD

September 1, 2020

LiveSafe, a free safety app that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to send texts, photos and videos of concern directly to the UT Police Department, launched Tuesday and currently has...


Graduate school standardized testing requirements may be waived in response to coronavirus pandemic

August 26, 2020

Some university graduate programs will waive standardized testing requirements for admissions starting next summer in response to difficulties accessing tests due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thirty...


UT Police officers to educate community on social distancing guidelines, ask violators to leave campus

August 25, 2020

The UT Police Department will ask people to leave campus if they do not cooperate with mask and social distancing guidelines this fall.  UTPD will remind students violating mask-wearing and social...


West Campus security improvements delayed further, Walter Webb Hall substation to open soon

August 24, 2020

Security improvements in West Campus that were set to be near complete by the first day of the fall semester continue to be delayed due to the pandemic, UT Police Chief David Carter said. Last semester,...


Texas Exes creates website to help graduates find jobs during coronavirus pandemic

May 5, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Texas Exes has fast-tracked its alumni...


“Why couldn’t we find a match for her;” UT-Austin student dies from cancer before finding bone marrow match

May 1, 2020

Just days before Lizzie Tennyson’s first day at UT in fall 2019, her cancer reappeared for the fifth time.  Tennyson, who intended to study computer engineering, died March 30 after battling...


Friends, family remember Harrison Brown in preparation for graduation

May 1, 2020

On the third anniversary of Harrison Brown’s death, friends and family reflect on his life and his absence as graduation draws near. “It’s tough to know that we experienced four years...


UT Outpost sees jump in free grocery delivery requests from students in Austin

April 20, 2020

UT Outpost has delivered free groceries to 214 students in its first week of operations after closing its physical food pantry. The first week of deliveries surpassed the 187 visitors the Outpost received...


Austin parks enforce social distancing measures with patrols

April 16, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Austin’s park rangers have asked...


Targeted online, phishing scams increase since beginning of COVID-19 pandemic

April 9, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Online scams and phishing attacks...


UTPD halts West Campus security improvements due to COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The University of Texas Police Department...


APD, UTPD to increase phone reports, change operations amid coronavirus pandemic

March 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. The Austin and UT Police Departments...


Older professors take extra precautions amid coronavirus pandemic

March 18, 2020

Editor’s note: This story is part of The Daily Texan’s coverage of how coronavirus concerns are affecting UT-Austin. Read the rest of our coverage here. Professors over 60 are at higher...