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Former UTLA director Phil Nemy continued sexual misconduct after keeping job in 2013, according to University investigation

July 30, 2019

Former UT Los Angeles executive director Phil Nemy has been the subject of four sexual misconduct and sexual harassment investigations since December 2018, when The Daily Texan first reported he violated...

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UTLA director Phil Nemy fired as result of ‘unacceptable conduct’

July 23, 2019

UT Los Angeles executive director Phil Nemy was fired on May 13 as a result of “unacceptable conduct,” according to a University spokesperson. Nemy was placed on an “alternative work...

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UT concludes Center for Women in Law investigation, finds the executive director’s alleged behavior didn’t violate university policy

June 18, 2019

The University concluded a seven-month investigation into a student’s claim of race-based discrimination perpetrated by the former executive director of the Center for Women in Law, and found the...

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GR sucked, now sucks less

May 10, 2019

When you start something new, odds are you will suck at it. In some cases, you might not be that bad, but in others, you will look back at your first attempt and think, “Wow … that really...

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First-gen student reflects on admissions scandal

May 7, 2019

After barely graduating from high school, Chris Smith never thought college was something she could achieve. Ten years after completing high school she ended up at UT, and now she will graduate this May.  But...

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Bills to watch as the legislative session nears its end

May 7, 2019

As the 86th Texas legislative session nears its end on May 27, here are a few bills that The Daily Texan has previously reported on to keep up with after the end of the semester. Senate Bill 9 by state...

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House passes free speech protections for college campuses

April 30, 2019

The Texas House passed a bill Monday meant to protect freedom of speech and expressive activities on college campuses, but some Democrats say it could prevent universities from intervening if the activities...

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Early voting for local elections begins

April 23, 2019

Early voting for Austin-area elections began Monday and will continue until April 30, with Election Day falling on May 4. The ballot has a variety of propositions, as well as mayor and city council positions...

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House Rep. challenges tuition deregulation

April 18, 2019

As students face rising tuition, Texas legislators are trying to undo a previous law that deregulated tuition costs. The 2003 Texas Legislature passed a law deregulating tuition at Texas’ public...

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SB 9 could prevent election fraud, but also create voter restrictions

April 16, 2019

The Texas Senate passed a bill Monday that would require both electronic and paper ballots during elections by the 2024 general election.  State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, said he authored Senate...

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Proposed bill to require overdose response trainings at Texas universities

April 11, 2019

The state of Texas may soon require residential advisors and officers of student organizations to complete drug and alcohol overdose response trainings with House Bill 3658.  The bill’s author...

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Hundreds rally around bill to outlaw all abortion

April 9, 2019

Advocates for outlawing abortion gathered at the Capitol on Monday to support a bill that would prohibit abortions in Texas, regardless of federal laws and court decisions that permit them. House Bill...

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Multiple free speech bills aim to protect speech on campus

April 4, 2019

A Texas House representative is putting forth a bill he says would strengthen free speech on college campuses more than other bills with a similar aim.   Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, proposed...

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Austin Planned Parenthood center threatened by HB 1929

April 2, 2019

A bill that would prevent taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers or their affiliates led to hours of testimony against Planned Parenthood at a committee hearing Monday.   The House State...

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Senate to hold special election next Thursday after president-elect, vice president-elect resign

March 29, 2019

The Senate of College Councils’ vice president-elect and president-elect resigned Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, leading to a new nomination at the Senate meeting Thursday evening. The special...

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Legislators try to improve student transfer credit process

March 28, 2019

State legislators are trying to ensure transfer students get credit for courses they’ve already taken and graduate in four years. At UT, 15 percent of new undergraduate students were transfers...

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UT students featured at unofficial SXSW panel on experiences of racism for women of color

March 13, 2019

An unofficial South by Southwest event featured two students who spoke on a panel about their experiences as women of color at the University of Texas.  The event, called Inclusive Conversations,...

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Bill filing ends with a 10-year record high

March 11, 2019

As of Friday, the deadline for bill filing, 7,067 bills have been introduced for the 2019 Texas legislative session. This is the highest number of bills filed during a regular session since 2009.  We’ve...

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UT’s Center for Women in Law executive director resigns from her post following reports of racism

March 9, 2019

The executive director of the UT Center for Women in Law, Linda Bray Chanow, resigned from her position effective immediately on the same day The Daily Texan reported on accusations of a hostile work environment...

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Women of color have quit UT’s Center for Women in Law as a result of what some say is a discriminatory environment

March 8, 2019

Editor's Note: Since the Texan began reporting on the story, we’ve received letters in support of Chanow.  The University’s Center for Women in Law is facing complaints of racism...

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Few bills address maternity leave, but UT women want more

March 5, 2019

Hardly any bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature concerning parental leave policies, but some UT employees think more could be done to support employees who have children.  “It’s...

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Heartbeat bill could outlaw abortion six weeks into pregnancy

February 27, 2019

The Texas heartbeat bill that would outlaw abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected is gaining traction in the Texas legislature. Within a week of being filed on Feb. 7, House Bill 1500 had 39 co-sponsors....

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Two UT students help file legislation to add polling locations to college campuses across Texas

February 25, 2019

The University of Texas students Maya Patel and Zach Price are taking a hands-on approach this legislative session to increase the number of polling locations on college campuses in Texas. Patel...

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University of Texas System officials push back against Trump administration’s proposed Title IX changes

February 22, 2019

Title IX is only a 37-word law, but its student and employee protections against gender discrimination are expansive and evolving.  In November, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed...

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Repairs to Marine Science Institute nearly finished

February 19, 2019

Hurricane Harvey tore a roof clean off of a building at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Now, that building, along with several others, is nearly fully functional again.  “It...

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Online voter registration could increase accessibility, cut cost for Texas, Travis County

February 15, 2019

Seven bills have been filed in the Texas Legislature to implement electronic voter registration, which would allow citizens to register to vote online instead of by mail.  Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin,...

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Higher Ed Committee discusses higher education, Title IX

February 14, 2019

The House Higher Education Committee met for the first time this session on Wednesday, to discuss the state of higher education and Title IX regulations.  Higher Education Commissioner Raymund...

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El Paso lawmaker wants to legalize knuckles, kitty keychains used for self-defense by some women

February 13, 2019

Self-defense “kitty” keychains may look non-threatening but are illegal in Texas because they are considered knuckles, a hand-held weapon. In a state that allows open carry for guns and knives,...

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SB 10 would improve mental health care

February 11, 2019

Texas legislators are working to create a statewide mental health network to help Texans get better psychiatric care.  Senate Bill 10 by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, would create...

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Preliminary lege budget bills do not fund Patterson labs renovations

February 7, 2019

The UT Board of Regents requested $100 million from the Texas Legislature last September to renovate the J.T. Patterson Laboratories Building.  The funding request, called a Tuition Revenue...

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College students spend about $500 a year on textbooks. One Texas lawmaker wants to throw them a bone

February 6, 2019

The average college student spends more than $485 on textbooks annually, and with Austin’s 8.25 percent sales tax, the total cost for course materials is around $525, said Cheryl Phifer, president...

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Freshman legislators took different paths from UT to Capitol

February 1, 2019

Sheryl Cole and Ben Leman, House Representatives and UT alumni, did not have clear-cut paths to the Texas Capitol.  Cole, D-Austin, served on Austin’s City Council from 2006 to 2014 without...

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Texas House freshmen Vikki Goodwin, Julie Johnson look back at their time at the University of Texas

January 30, 2019

State Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin, never thought she would be a legislator, but her concern for public education persuaded her otherwise.  “I didn’t think I would run for office because...

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State lawmaker files bill repealing Texas penal code clause that outlaws same-sex conduct

January 24, 2019

In 2009, an El Paso police officer threatened to arrest two men who kissed in a public restaurant, citing the Texas penal code, which lists “homosexual conduct” as a misdemeanor. This year,...

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The Legislature’s new LGBTQ caucus hopes to ‘plant a flag permanently in Texas’ halls of power’

January 23, 2019

Five women in the Texas House of Representatives formed the first LGBTQ caucus the state Legislature has ever seen. State Rep. Jessica González, co-chair of the caucus, said their goal as a group...

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From teacher pay raises to abortion: Here are 9 bills to watch during the 86th Legislature

January 22, 2019

Since bill-filing began in November for the Texas Legislature’s 86th session, 1,471 bills have been filed to date, with more expected. In the 85th legislative session, 6,631 bills were filed and...

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As the semester comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the top stories from this fall

December 10, 2018

YCT Kavanaugh protest Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed after testifying against sexual assault allegations from former high school classmate Christine Blasey Ford, among others. UT’s...

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Few UT-Austin officials knew of UTLA director Phil Nemy investigation before he was placed on leave

December 10, 2018

UT Los Angeles Director Phil Nemy was placed on official leave Friday morning pending an investigation by the UT Office of Institutional Equity into new allegations of misconduct.  The announcement...

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UTLA director Phil Nemy placed on leave, UT investigating new allegations into sexual misconduct

December 6, 2018

Update (Friday 11:50 a.m.):  UTLA director Phil Nemy has been placed on administrative leave, according to an email provided to The Daily Texan by a University source. “As of this...

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‘The perfect job’: UT’s new chancellor, James Milliken, settles in, gears up for legislature

December 4, 2018

After nearly a semester on the job, UT System Chancellor James Milliken has settled into his new position advocating for Texas’ future. As chancellor, Milliken oversees all 14 academic and health...

System considers doubling STARs funding

December 3, 2018

Chancellor James Milliken asked the UT Board of Regents last month to increase funds for the Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) program. Established in 2004, the STARs program...

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System’s Virtual Health Network increases Texan’s access to medical care

November 29, 2018

The UT System’s Virtual Health Network is expanding into more UT institutions, the System reported at the Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 15.  Originally launched in 2016, the network uses...

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FAFSA deadline made two months earlier on Jan. 15

November 26, 2018

The priority deadline for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, FAFSA, will be Jan. 15, two months earlier than last year’s deadline. Education freshman Monica Melo said she did not...

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UT study abroad participation increases despite rigid degree plans

November 20, 2018

Study abroad participation has increased over the last three years, which the International Office attributes to the University’s increased focus on career readiness.  Participation in Maymesters...

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Chancellor Milliken supports task force report on UT administration job cuts

November 16, 2018

UT System Chancellor James Milliken said he has embraced the results of a task force that suggested the System should cut 70 to 110 full-time administration positions.  At a Board of Regents...

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Last-minute charges to ‘What I Owe’ cause UT-Austin registration stress

November 13, 2018

After registration for spring courses opened two weeks ago, students complained that last-minute charges to their What I Owe accounts might prevent them from registering on time. Government sophomore...

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New vice chancellor begins work at UT System

November 9, 2018

UT System Chancellor James Milliken named Stacy Napier as the new vice chancellor for governmental relations, a role that serves as the intermediate between the UT System, the Board of Regents and the...

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Mayor Steve Adler secures second term

November 7, 2018

Steve Adler clinched his second term as mayor Tuesday night, defeating former city council member Laura Morrison and five other candidates with more than 60 percent of the vote. Adler spoke about his...

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9 of 11 Austin propositions pass, including entirety of billion dollar bond

November 7, 2018

Early voters approved nine of the 11 City of Austin bonds on the ballot in the midterm elections. Seven of the bonds, put together by City Council, totaled $925 million. The bonds will be paid for by a...

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Swimmer crosses the Pacific, helps UT researchers

November 1, 2018

Long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte is a little over one third of the way done with his swim across the Pacific Ocean, and he is helping UT researchers along the way.  Lecomte will be the first person...