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Associate managing editor criticizes college newspaper one more time, knows it won’t be the last

Associate managing editor criticizes college newspaper one more time, knows it won’t be the last

May 4, 2021

This paper has made me cry a lot. Mostly stress tears, but that’s a staple of most jobs under capitalism. Somehow, this paper also continues to attract many talented, kind people who I have had the privilege...


UT-Austin reports 3 clusters with about 100 total positive COVID-19 cases in West Campus

September 10, 2020

UT reported three coronavirus case clusters in West Campus with collectively about 100 positive cases on Thursday morning. The University declined to communicate the addresses of the clusters, citing...


Students find ways to celebrate Juneteenth at home during COVID-19 pandemic

June 19, 2020

Acting junior Sydnie Brown typically spends the Juneteenth holiday barbecuing at her family’s house in Houston. She’s keeping the gathering smaller than usual this year because of COVID-19...


Getting in the room: Finding gender-affirming health care

March 5, 2020

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of The Daily Texan’s semester-long collaborative series, The Waiting Room, which explores stories of how health care coverage is impacted by your identity....


Austin Police investigating report of kidnapping in West Campus

December 19, 2019

The Austin Police Department responded to a report of a kidnapping in West Campus at 24th and San Antonio streets, according to a campuswide email.  APD received a report that a man wearing a red...


Student safety organization aims to improve campus safety through door locks, city involvement

December 9, 2019

By attending campus safety events and meeting with student safety activists, student safety organization Horns for Safety has been working to increase student interest in their goals. Community outreach...


After a semester, UTPD restructure increases community engagement, improves recruitment

December 6, 2019

A semester after the UT Police Department restructured their divisions to improve community engagement through policing practices, UTPD Chief David Carter said the changes are working well.  Carter...


Student organizers planning forum in spring 2020 to discuss University sexual misconduct policies, violations

December 3, 2019

UT President Gregory Fenves and Provost Maurie McInnis will attend a student-led forum at the beginning of next semester where students can voice concerns about sexual misconduct policies and violations,...

Bedbugs not found in University Teaching Center after more reports made

December 3, 2019

Despite reports of a second bedbug sighting in the University Teaching Center, the University’s pest control team said they have not found any more bedbugs in room 2.102A. Bedbugs were first reported...


UTPD increase community outreach through public active shooter prevention classes

November 26, 2019

As the semester draws to a close, the UT Police Department is scheduled to host two more requested active shooter response trainings, which are likely to be the final classes on top of the 21 presented...


UT suspends spring 2020 Hong Kong study abroad programs after evacuating students amid protests

November 20, 2019

When student protests at The Chinese University of Hong Kong became violent on Nov. 11, UT and other universities with exchange programs began to evacuate their study abroad students. “I couldn’t...


Faculty Council committee creates official definition of plagiarism

November 19, 2019

Plagiarism: Every professor warns their students to avoid it, but until last week, UT had not officially defined what plagiarism is. Maurie McInnis, the executive vice president and provost, charged...


University Panhellenic Council sororities increase diversity awareness through new initiatives

November 15, 2019

University Panhellenic Council sororities have increased initiatives to support minorities during the past year. These initiatives include a new organization for women of color, cultural awareness modules...


Gender and Sexuality Center creates emergency fund for students in crisis

November 14, 2019

Students who need help covering medical expenses, electric bills or next week’s groceries will be able to apply for the Gender and Sexuality Center’s new crisis fund. The GSC is raising...


College of Liberal Arts committee launches project to support minority students and faculty

November 13, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee created a new initiative to support students and faculty in minority communities and retain faculty of color at the University.  Co-chair...


Man arrested for making terroristic threats toward School of Social Work

November 8, 2019

The UT Police Department arrested a man Thursday for making terroristic threats against the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, according to a campuswide email UTPD sent Thursday night. The Austin Police...

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Donald Trump to nominate University of Texas cancer center executive for FDA commissioner

November 6, 2019

President Donald Trump announced Friday his intent to nominate an executive at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as the 24th commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, according...


University Title IX office reviewing plans for Senate Bill 212 enforcement

November 4, 2019

Students, staff and faculty are working toward improving the University’s Title IX policies to better inform the University community about Senate Bill 212 and further support survivors.  Adriana...


UT Police Oversight Committee to address homelessness, SB 18

November 1, 2019

The UT Police Oversight Committee has not met since February, but University officials are planning for the committee to meet soon and be more “hands-on” in overseeing the UT Police Department...


UT recommends four-year suspension for Pi Kappa Phi fraternity for hazing violations

October 31, 2019

UT’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapter hazed pledges by forcing them to eat soup laced with ghost pepper and cat food, according to a recent University investigation. The Office of the Dean...

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Task force teams, electronic security system introduced for UT home football games

October 25, 2019

Students who attended Saturday’s football game against the University of Kansas may have seen new measures designed to increase entrance efficiency and safety at home games. Last week, Texas...


Bedbugs in University Teaching Center treated, room set to re-open

October 24, 2019

Starting in mid-September, Brianna Gonzalez said she had a weird, itchy red rash that would come and go that she could not explain, as she had not had any allergies before or switched skin care products. “I...


Texas Supreme Court dismisses negligence case against UT, rules cyclist a trespasser

October 21, 2019

Non-University affiliates can be considered trespassers if they engage in recreational activities on University property, according to a Texas Supreme Court opinion issued Friday.    The highest...


Campus drug violation arrests increase, alcohol violation arrests decrease since 2016, according to Clery report

October 18, 2019

Arrests for drug abuse violations on campus have increased over the past three years while arrests for liquor law violations have decreased over that time, according to the 2019 Annual Security and Fire...


UTPD to participate in transgender awareness training

October 17, 2019

The UT Police Department will participate in transgender awareness training to educate officers on proper LGBTQIA+ vocabulary, hate crime and gender marker laws and how to respect gender identities.  The...


International students targeted by scam calls

October 11, 2019

An international student paid a scam caller a substantial sum of money after they were threatened with arrest and deportation, according to the UT Police Department Sept. 30 Campus Watch report. The student...

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UTPD encourages students, staff to use anonymous tip reporting

October 10, 2019

Anyone on campus can send anonymous tips to the UT Police Department. It is up to UTPD detectives to decide what to do next.  Anonymous tip reporting is available to students, staff and faculty...

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Students working to bring English tutoring program for employees to UT

October 9, 2019

After seeing a tweet calling for UCLA students to apply to become an English as a Second Language tutor for university employees, economics sophomore Madelin Chavez became inspired to start a similar program...


Austin City Council appoints national police forum to perform external audit of Austin Police’s sexual assault cases

October 3, 2019

The Austin Police Department will meet this month with an external evaluator to perform an audit of the department’s sexual assault cases over the past seven years. Austin City Council approved...


Safety organizations work to provide free Stop the Bleed, AED training to 10,000 students by 2022

October 2, 2019

The Campus Safety office created a goal in 2017 to provide free hemorrhage control and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to 10,000 students by 2022. To reach that goal, the office is working...


New student safety organization, Horns for Safety, hosts first meeting

October 1, 2019

A new student safety organization plans to put locks on every door and direct Austin City Council’s 2020 budget toward student safety. Horns for Safety, a student group that officially became...


More details of Texas Cowboys’ 2018 fall retreat released by Dean of Students, third party investigations

September 30, 2019

Documents recently released by the Dean of Students and a third party investigator show more details about reports of hazing at a Texas Cowboys’ 2018 fall retreat, including consumption of large...


University Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan safety items still in progress

September 26, 2019

A student campus climate survey and improved safety measures at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus are some of the things students should see in the coming semesters as a result of the University’s...


Vice President for Research launches Good Systems Grand Challenge

September 24, 2019

Good Systems, the third grand challenge in the Bridging Barriers initiative, was launched in a campus-wide email Friday by Daniel Jaffe, the vice president for research for the Office of the Executive...


Austin Fire responds to fire near 7-Eleven on MLK Boulevard

September 24, 2019

The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire near the 7-Eleven gas station at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and MLK Boulevard on Monday evening, according to a tweet by AFD.  The fire...

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Texas Athletics updates football game day safety before OSU game

September 20, 2019

Texas Athletics will implement new football game day protocols to make student entry and seating safer for the upcoming Texas vs. Oklahoma State University game Saturday. The new protocol, sent...


UT Police interest-based district representatives created to help campus groups

September 18, 2019

The UT Police Department has introduced a LGBTQIA+ liaison, athletic liaisons and a military and veterans liaison to act as points of contact between law enforcement, students and employees in these...

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Emergency Preparedness promotes UT Ready campaign with new resources this semester

September 17, 2019

Emergency kit giveaways and emergency preparedness pocket guides are a few of the resources Emergency Preparedness is distributing this semester as part of their new UT Ready campaign. UT Ready is a...


Former UT law facilities director defrauded UT out of roughly $1.56 million, memo says

September 16, 2019

The former Texas Law facilities director defrauded the law school of rougly $1.56 million, according to a memorandum sent Friday to UT President Gregory Fenves.  The memo, which was provided...


UT School of Social Work develops community guide for engaging sexual assault survivors

September 12, 2019

A new community guide published last week aims to improve the way survivors are reengaged in their cases after their sexual assault kits have been tested.  “Notification for Victims of Assault,”...


UTPD hosts first active shooter response class of semester

September 10, 2019

The UT Police Department hosted its first open-to-all Civilian Response to Active Shooter class Monday afternoon in the Avaya Auditorium in the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building.  The presentation...


Woman sues University for negligence after breaking ankle on campus

September 9, 2019

A woman is suing the University after breaking her ankle on a step concealed by a mat at the Flawn Academic Center in 2017. She is claiming UT knowingly allowed the step to present danger to students,...


Austin Police District representatives help protect students off-campus

September 6, 2019

The Austin Police Department works to help off-campus students with nonemergency issues and safety concerns through its district representatives and events like Coffee with a Cop.  Students...


UT Police Department partners with School of Social Work to research campus policing

September 6, 2019

The UT Police Department and Steve Hicks School of Social Work are partnering to examine the challenges of policing campus, protecting UT students and improving the utilization of UTPD’s resources.  Social...


UT police chief diagnosed with lung cancer, continues to reform campus policing

September 5, 2019

A diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer unrelated to smoking has not stopped UT Police Chief David Carter from continuing to push for campus policing reform.  Carter, 61, who also serves as assistant...


Students concerned about new Title IX policy effective January 2020

September 5, 2019

Beginning Jan. 1, state law will require public and private colleges to enforce mandatory employee reporting of Title IX violations to the Title IX Office or employees will face criminal offenses and employment...


UT Police Chief asks City of Austin to prohibit camping around campus

August 30, 2019

UT Police Department Chief David Carter asked Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council to consider prohibiting camping along the perimeter of UT’s main campus and into West Campus in a press...


Austin Police investigating robbery at Dobie Target

August 29, 2019

The Austin Police Department and the UT Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Target near Dobie Center on Guadalupe Street, according to a campus-wide text alert.  The alert...


UT offers new programs, resources to first-gen students

August 28, 2019

For incoming first-generation students, UT’s campus may seem daunting, but offices, organizations and current first-generation students across campus are collaborating with a hope to make the college...


UTPD makes safety changes before fall semester

August 26, 2019

To help ensure the safety of more than 50,000 students and staff coming to campus this fall, the UT Police Department is providing several new resources to increase safety efforts. In the wake of mass...