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10 UT-Austin custodians test positive for COVID-19

May 19, 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. Ten custodial staff members have...

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Mayor Adler extends stay-at-home orders

May 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. Mayor Steve Adler has extended the...

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UT System debriefs, says goodbye to Fenves at Board of Regents meeting

May 7, 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 UT System further developed a...

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Contact tracers brace for COVID-19 case increase as Texas reopens businesses

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. This week, over 1,000 COVID-19 contact...

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UT System plans for fall reopening of all institutions

April 30, 2020

The University of Texas System plans to reopen all its institutions in the fall, Chancellor James B. Milliken announced Thursday. In a conversation with The Texas Tribune reporter Alana Rocha, Milliken...

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University reduces summer tuition rate, freezes faculty merit raises

April 14, 2020

Online summer classes will have increased capacity and reduced tuition rates, UT President Gregory Fenves and Interim President Designate Jay Hartzell announced in a Universitywide email. The new summer...

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UT-Austin to receive $31 million in federal stimulus aid from CARES Act

April 7, 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. Update, 3:30 p.m.: UT-Austin...

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Gov. Greg Abbott announces influx of medical supplies for coronavirus treatment

April 6, 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 will distribute more Personal...

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44 UT-Austin students test positive for COVID-19 after Cabo spring break trip

March 31, 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. This story has been updated to reflect...

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School of Nursing suspends in-person clinical experiences

March 24, 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 School of Nursing suspended in-person...

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UT-Permian Basin placed on financial watch due to misstatements, low enrollment rates

March 11, 2020

UT-Permian Basin had been overstating their financial condition to the UT System for five years, according to the UT System Board of Regents meeting Feb. 26.  The System’s Office of the Controller...

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Archer Center aims to increase affordability of programs

March 10, 2020

The UT System approved a funding increase for the Archer Center to expand resources and make Washington, D.C., living costs more affordable for students. The Archer Center is a UT System fellowship...

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College of Liberal Arts forms diversity task force to create action plans, broaden equity

March 3, 2020

A task force was formed Wednesday to make the College of Liberal Arts more inclusive by surveying students and crafting diversity and equity action plans, said one of the force’s co-chairs. Monique...

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Board of Regents approves UT-Tyler medical school, first in Northeast Texas

February 28, 2020

The UT System Board of Regents unanimously approved the establishment of a medical school at UT Health Science Center at Tyler on Thursday. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and other accrediting...

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Police student loan assistance aims to recruit educated forces

February 21, 2020

UT Police Department officer Dustin Farahnak responds to 911 calls between attending Texas Law classes, interning with the Travis County District Attorney, studying for the bar exam in July and caring...

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Historically Black Universities funded less per student than flagship universities

February 21, 2020

Historically Black public colleges and universities are funded $2,500 less per student than the most prominent institutions in Texas, according to a Center for Public Policy Priorities study of the 2019...

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UT-Tyler receives $80 million gift to build first East Texas medical school

February 14, 2020

The University of Texas at Tyler received an $80 million gift from the East Texas Medical Center Foundation on Wednesday for its medical school, which the UT System announced last week they will be establishing...

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UT-Rio Grande Valley has lowest student debt of any national public institution

February 13, 2020

UT-Rio Grande Valley has the least graduate debt of public institutions in the nation, while UT-Austin graduates have double the amount of debt UTRGV has, according to U.S. News & World Report’s...

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Texas higher education commissioner reveals plans for 60x30TX goals

February 11, 2020

Texas is falling behind on its education goal, known as 60x30TX, which aims for 60% of the Texas population to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, said the Texas higher education commissioner...

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Amid concerns of Iowa-like delays, Texas secretary of state says primary results will be on-time

February 10, 2020

Although Texas Democratic Party leaders worry a new system for reporting votes in Texas will delay final delegate counts on primary election night March 3, the Texas secretary of state office said results...

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UT System plans to establish first medical school in East Texas

February 7, 2020

The UT System announced plans to establish the only medical school in East Texas at a press conference Thursday.  Kirk Calhoun, president of the UT Health Science Center at Tyler, said the region...

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Students of color defend UT-Austin affirmative action policies in court filing

February 7, 2020

UT students of color have filed testimonies with a civil rights association to defend the University’s affirmative action policy. The students are defending the policy against a national organization...

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Students advocate for Universitywide parental accommodations

February 4, 2020

The Graduate Student Assembly and Texas Horns for Life are crafting University policies to assist student parents with balancing family care and studying. Only six colleges at UT have an official parental...

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$5 million grant to address nurse shortage in Texas

January 30, 2020

The nursing labor shortage in Texas prompted the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to allocate $5 million to educational programs last Thursday. The board gave the money to the Nursing, Allied...

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Texas financial aid application will be online starting in fall of 2021

January 29, 2020

Students will no longer have to mail state financial aid applications once the application goes online, starting in fall 2021.  The Texas Application for State Financial Aid is currently submitted...

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Annual Rally for Life brings thousands, tripling last year’s numbers

January 27, 2020

An anti-abortion rally brought thousands of people to march to the Texas Capitol on Saturday, days after the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.  The...

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School finance bill aims to promote access to higher education

January 24, 2020

Education leaders met Thursday to discuss how colleges, universities and public schools will implement equity through methods such as requiring financial aid applications and funding lower-income school...

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UT Law students prepare human rights report on ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

January 22, 2020

After observing makeshift court proceedings in tents and shipping containers and the conditions of encampments for asylum seekers across the border, the UT Law Immigration Clinic compiled a report that...

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Texas One Stop website provides place for financial aid, student records, registration information

December 5, 2019

Financial aid, student records and registration information are now all available on one website.   The Texas One Stop website, finished on Nov. 21, consolidates information from the Office...

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UT System Board of Regents increases funds for staffing at UT-Austin concert halls

December 4, 2019

The UT System Board of Regents increased funding for staffing at various University concert halls during its meeting last month. Stage Alliance provides theatrical stagehand staff for performances and...

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UT professors present Hispanic Equity Report to Texas House Representatives

November 25, 2019

Eight Hispanic professors held a public presentation with three members of the Texas House’s Mexican American Legislative Caucus Friday to report on issues of disparity they say they face at the...

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UT program looks to expand resources to high school immigrants across Texas

November 22, 2019

The Monarch Student Program, part of the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, is revitalizing its efforts to reach out to high school students.  The program aims to help students brought to...

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Students protest University’s handling of faculty misconduct during 3rd Sit-In for Student Safety

November 21, 2019

More than 30 students chanted, hung signs and called University officials outside the provost’s office Wednesday while protesting the University’s handling of faculty sexual misconduct.  Sit-In...

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Students protest University’s handling of faculty misconduct during 3rd Sit-In for Student Safety

November 20, 2019

More than 30 students chanted, hung signs and called University officials outside the provost’s office Wednesday while protesting the University’s handling of faculty sexual misconduct.  Sit-In...

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Board of Regents approves $38.5 million for Red River Street realignment

November 19, 2019

The UT Board of Regents approved $38.5 million to realign Red River Street and connect it to the existing Robert Dedman Drive. The street will be realigned to open approximately four acres for the development...

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UT-Austin produced more than 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2017-2018 fiscal year, report says

November 18, 2019

After including “supply chain emissions,” a report updated last week by the Office of Sustainability shows how many metric tons of carbon dioxide was recently produced by the University. According...

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Hundreds rally as Supreme Court hears DACA case

November 13, 2019

Hundreds of people rallied outside the Texas attorney general’s office Tuesday as the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could decide the fate of young undocumented people,...

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Students create “Creek Monster Habitat” for Waller Creek Show

November 12, 2019

Ambient music filled the air around a luminescent dome of leaves and sticks as onlookers explored the mysterious Waller Creek Monster Habitat. The display is one of the light sculptures that make up...

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Moody Foundation gives $130 million grant for a new basketball arena

November 11, 2019

The University announced a $130 million grant from the Moody Foundation will go toward the construction of the new basketball arena at the football game Saturday. The arena will be named the Moody Center...

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‘Voices from the Street’ storytelling website aims to help medical students understand homelessness

November 6, 2019

Rhie Morris said she slept outside a medical facility when she was homeless to make sure she didn’t miss an appointment for a stomachache. But after she missed the appointment and scheduled another...

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College of Liberal Arts appoints inaugural diversity director

November 5, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts, UT’s second largest college, created a new position this semester as a mediator for faculty and staff and to promote diverse recruitment. COLA dean Ann Huff Stevens...

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University partners with city of Austin to study how green spaces in school yards impact children’s health

November 4, 2019

The city of Austin and the University are collaborating to study how green spaces in schoolyards impact children’s health and activity. On Thursday, Austin City Council approved...

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Texas Union closed until Sunday due to flooding in Union Underground

October 29, 2019

The Texas Union will be closed until Sunday due to a water leak that flooded the Union Underground. James Buckley, director of facilities and operations for University Unions, said the Union noticed...

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Report exposes inequalities against Hispanics at UT

October 22, 2019

In 2016, psychology professor Francisco Gonzalez-Lima was awarded the top amount of grants in his department, amounting to more than $7 million. He was among the top published professors in his departmentand...

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Aquarium fish invading Waller Creek

October 22, 2019

Colorful aquarium fish have invaded Waller Creek. The creek’s population of platy fish, native to northern Mexico, has reached the thousands according to research done by environmental science...

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New student committee addresses intersection of race, environment

October 17, 2019

The Campus Environmental Center created a new committee to address the intersection of social issues and the environmental protection movement. The committee, called the Environmental Justice Committee,...

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UT builds accessible pathway between 21st Street and Inner Campus Drive

October 14, 2019

Project Management and Construction Services is building an accessible pathway between Inner Campus Drive and 21st Street, replacing some of the stairs with ramps in the area.  Jill Stewart is...

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Composting fees cost University hundreds of dollars per week

October 10, 2019

University composting loads are racking up hundreds of dollars in contamination fees per week. University Resource Recovery, which is responsible for reusing campus resources, said students should toss...

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UT planning to make three engineering buildings ADA compliant over the summer

October 9, 2019

During her freshman year, Naili Salehuddin, who is legally blind, got lost for two hours trying to find her classroom. Advertising sophomore Salehuddin said she was looking for her Chinese class...

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Future of produce delivery service Farm-to-Work at UT-Austin to be decided Thursday

October 2, 2019

A meeting this Thursday between a student health organization and a local produce distributor will determine the fate of a weekly UT program which provides produce to the UT community. Acccording to...