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UT-Austin to change Title IX policy under new federal regulations, still using law firm recommendations

August 13, 2020

UT-Austin has changed its Title IX policies to comply with new federal regulations while still following law firm Husch Blackwell’s recommendations. The U.S. Department of Education’s new...

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Classics professor accused of advocating for pedophilia sues student, others for libel, slander

July 23, 2020

Classics professor Thomas Hubbard is suing 11 people, including at least one UT student, for libel and slander after they accused him of advocating for pedophilia and called for his removal from the University...

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Some students say Title IX investigations experience delays while remote

July 14, 2020

After filing her initial Title IX complaint in November, public health senior Kierstyn Gallegos said she was regularly updated on her case after meeting with investigators in January. Since all campus...

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UT-Austin should centralize Title IX investigations into one office, law firm recommends

July 8, 2020

Law firm Husch Blackwell has released its final set of Title IX policy recommendations for the University, including a recommendation to centralize Title IX investigations to one office. Husch Blackwell...

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President Fenves reflects on last 5 years

May 8, 2020

As UT President Gregory Fenves prepares to depart from his position in June, he reflects on his five-year term and what he learned from leading the University. Fenves said he was planning to leave the...

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Abbott loosens certain ceremony restrictions, reopens salons, gyms

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. Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new executive...

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Graduate students petition for reduced summer tuition due to COVID-19

April 28, 2020

Graduate students are demanding reduced summer tuition and credit waivers due to coronavirus concerns in a petition sent to University administration April 21. Earlier this month, President Gregory...

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Title IX Office continues to work remotely, will implement recommendations

April 10, 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’s Title IX Office...

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UT Student Emergency Fund receives over $800,000 for students facing financial challenges

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. As of Wednesday afternoon, donors have...

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McCombs Dean Jay Hartzell named interim UT-Austin president after announcement of Fenves departure

April 7, 2020

Update, 3:02 p.m.: The UT System Board of Regents voted Wednesday to appoint Jay Hartzell, dean of the McCombs School of Business, as UT-Austin’s interim president. UT-Austin President Gregory...

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UT-Austin summer classes to be held online

April 1, 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. Summer classes will be held online,...

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UT-Austin not tracking student coronavirus cases outside Austin, continues tracking cases around campus

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. UT will now refer to Travis County...

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Grading policy now offers pass/fail for all classes

March 27, 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. Students can now change all classes...

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UT-Austin moving all classes online, requiring students to leave residence halls

March 17, 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. All UT classes will be moved online...

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Large community gatherings prohibited in Austin to stop coronavirus spread

March 15, 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. Gatherings of 250 or more people...

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How is UT-Austin policy changing because of coronavirus?

March 13, 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. President Gregory Fenves, Executive...

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Some classes to move online after spring break due to coronavirus, University officials say

March 12, 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 plans to implement...

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Students show solidarity with women-led protests in Mexico

March 10, 2020

Women in Mexico disappeared from the public eye Monday in a nationwide demonstration called “A Day Without Women.” For Mexican women, “A Day Without Women” was a strike against...

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UT-Austin to change sexual misconduct policy to terminate, release names of violators

March 2, 2020

Editor's Note: This story has been updated from an earlier version with additional information about the Husch Blackwell review of UT's sexual misconduct policies. The University announced substantial...

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Q&A: Husch Blackwell lawyer discusses UT-Austin sexual misconduct policy review

February 27, 2020

The Daily Texan spoke with Texas Law alumna Paige Duggins-Clay of Husch Blackwell LLP, the law firm reviewing the University’s sexual misconduct policies. Three lawyers from the firm plan to release...

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Former UT tennis coach Michael Center sentenced to six months in admissions scandal

February 24, 2020

Michael Center, former UT men’s tennis coach, was sentenced to six months in prison Monday afternoon at a Boston federal court for accepting a $100,000 bribe to fraudulently admit a student to the...

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Emergency fund helps staff members in crisis, available for donations on HornRaiser

February 18, 2020

When Fran Peña realized she was having a mental health emergency, she did everything right. She went to an emergency room and checked herself into a mental health hospital, but before she could...

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Faculty task force on community standards formed in response to student protests to meet

February 13, 2020

Faculty members will meet this Thursday to discuss their ideal campus environment and will work throughout the coming months to achieve that climate by implementing goals offered by faculty. The Task...

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UT-Austin student organizers frustrated with administration on sexual misconduct policy reform

February 6, 2020

Student members of the Misconduct Working Group said their voices were overpowered and their ideas ignored during meetings to plan a forum about sexual misconduct on campus. The group was formed after...

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Iowa Democratic caucus results still delayed due to reporting ‘inconsistencies’

February 5, 2020

The results of the Iowa caucus are still unclear after a historic delay in vote counting Tuesday night.   The Iowa caucus is the first primary election, kicking off the election season. At...

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Authentic, New York-style bagels sold in dining halls after student feedback

January 29, 2020

Over the past few semesters, a University Housing and Dining staff member noticed a trend in dining halls: Students were not eating the bagels. Erich Geiger, senior director of dining and catering at...

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Fenves announces sexual misconduct policy recommendations deadline

January 29, 2020

The law firm reviewing the University’s sexual misconduct policies will provide recommended changes by Feb. 28, according to a campuswide email UT President Gregory Fenves sent Tuesday. At Monday’s...

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‘Our process is failing you’: UT-Austin holds forum on sexual misconduct policies with President Fenves, campus leadership

January 28, 2020

“Yes, we have failed you,” UT President Gregory Fenves said after multiple students requested UT administration explicitly state if UT’s sexual misconduct policies have failed students. Fenves,...

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Austin celebrates Hi, How Are You? Day with concert

January 23, 2020

Austin celebrated the third Hi, How Are You? Day with a concert headlined by Cage the Elephant on Wednesday. The event was held in honor of late Austin-based artist and musician Daniel Johnston to raise...

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Starbucks, Steak ‘n Shake open at Union, roof construction begins

January 22, 2020

As Starbucks reopens, other areas of The Texas Union are undergoing multiple changes, with a new restaurant opening and roof construction starting over the Shirley Bird Perry Ballroom.  The Starbucks...

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Co-op provides affordable course materials to students

January 21, 2020

The University Co-op changed its rental return policy last fall, allowing students a 10-day grace period to return rented textbooks with a small fee before charging the full price of the book, said Michael...

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UT-Austin releases 17 names of faculty, staff in violation of sexual misconduct policy

January 9, 2020

Three faculty members and 14 staff members were found in violation of the University’s sexual misconduct policies between November 2017 and December 2019, according to records released Thursday by...

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Timeline: University, student response to Coleman Hutchison, Sahotra Sarkar

December 10, 2019

Students held four protests this semester against faculty sexual misconduct and the continued employment of English associate professor Coleman Hutchison and Sahotra Sarkar, an integrated biology and philosophy...

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UT-Austin students protest faculty sexual misconduct for 4th time this semester

December 7, 2019

Student protesters took to the steps of the Tower and held a large red banner with the words “UT Protects Abusers” for the fourth protest against faculty sexual misconduct this semester.  The...

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Provost announces date of town hall forum on sexual misconduct, working group membership

December 6, 2019

The University has finalized the Misconduct Working Group’s membership roster and the date of the town hall forum to discuss sexual misconduct, according to an email sent by Provost Maurie McInnis...

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UT Libraries pursuing paths to make scholarly material more available after receiving $2.7 million in recurring funds

December 4, 2019

The UT Libraries are pursuing paths to make scholarly material more available after provost Maurie McInnis committed $2.7 million in recurring funds to the libraries’ budget in November.  The...

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Provost announces new geosciences dean starting spring 2020

December 3, 2019

The Jackson School of Geosciences will have a new dean effective next year, executive vice president and provost Maurie McInnis announced in an email Monday.  Until officially starting her position...

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UTPD investigating the University’s former assistant vice president of procurement

December 2, 2019

The University’s former assistant vice president of procurement, business and payment services is connected to a criminal investigation by the UT Police Department for conduct that occurred during...

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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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UT Libraries budget receives $2.7 million increase in recurring funds

November 14, 2019

The budget for the University’s libraries will increase after remaining at $30 million for the past 10 years despite inflation and increasing subscription rates. Maurie McInnis, executive vice...

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UT Child Development Center gets approval for building to replace San Jacinto Center inside School of Social Work

November 13, 2019

The University Budget Council approved an $8 million proposal to relocate and expand one of the Child Development Center’s locations last month.  Center program director Hara Cootes said...

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Students gather again at Tower to protest professors found guilty of sexual misconduct by University

November 11, 2019

Students gathered in the Tower Friday and chanted phrases such as “Abusive professors deserve to die!” and “Kick out abusive creeps!” during the second Sit-In for Student Safety.  Around...

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Students gather again at Tower to protest professors found guilty of sexual misconduct by University

November 9, 2019

Students gathered in the Tower Friday and chanted phrases such as “Abusive professors deserve to die!” and “Kick out abusive creeps!” during the second Sit-In for Student Safety.  Around...

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President Fenves addresses sexual misconduct policy concerns in campuswide email

November 8, 2019

UT President Gregory Fenves sent a campuswide email Thursday regarding upcoming changes to the University’s sexual misconduct policies.  Fenves said the University will be hiring a team of...

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Explainer: How the University handles Title IX complaints

November 7, 2019

After student protests on faculty misconduct, the University has committed to look into its Title IX processes, according to a statement from Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. Title...

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U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw talks American values, working in Congress

November 6, 2019

U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw spoke to students on whether America is losing its patriotism and gave them a glimpse into the world of Congress on campus Tuesday. Crenshaw, R-Texas, is a freshman congressman...

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First LGBTQ+ faculty council studies campus climate, potential changes to UT practices

November 1, 2019

UT’s first LGBTQ+ faculty council, created in May, is currently looking into ways to best support a part of the faculty population which historically has been underrepresented. The Council...

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UT shares response to Sit In for Student Safety, concerns about faculty misconduct

October 31, 2019

The University responded to student concerns about classes taught by faculty found guilty of sexual misconduct in a statement released on their news website Wednesday. Maurie McInnis, executive vice...

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Students hold ‘Sit in for Student Safety,’ protest professors teaching after being found guilty of misconduct by University

October 25, 2019

Chants of “Actions, not words” and “No excuses for abusers” echoed through the halls of the Tower during a sit-in outside the provost’s office Friday morning. Dozens of...