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The Daily Texan’s future remains strong even amid pandemic

December 7, 2020

There has never been another semester like fall 2020 for The Daily Texan. For the first time in its 120-year history, the staff had to create a print paper virtually. We temporarily stopped printing...


A statement from The Daily Texan’s managing editor

December 2, 2020

The Daily Texan strives every day to uphold its mission of providing the community with truthful and factual information and accurately representing the views of our sources in each story we publish. However,...


Editor’s note: The Daily Texan will produce weekly print paper, work remotely in fall 2020

August 19, 2020

For the first time in more than a century, The Daily Texan will not be making a daily print paper every weekday in the fall. Instead, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the paper’s...


Management response to Demands for Reforms in The Daily Texan Newsroom

August 3, 2020

From The Daily Texan’s fall and summer 2020 management team: Earlier this afternoon, The Daily Texan’s Diversity and Inclusion Board released a statement calling for the Texan and its parent...


Hey Curious Campus, how do you say goodbye?

May 8, 2020

After being rejected from The Daily Texan five times my freshman year, I wasn’t sure I was cut out to be a journalist.  I vividly remember calling my mom, in tears, and promising that I would...


What questions do you have about coronavirus concerns?

March 11, 2020

As coronavirus cases continue to increase in Texas, we’re reporting on how UT-Austin and local officials are planning to respond. We want to hear about how concerns over coronavirus are affecting...


Highlights from UT-Austin’s forum on sexual misconduct policies

January 28, 2020

Editor’s Note: Since the forum was meant to be a safe space, any mandatory reporting requirements by SB 212 were suspended. Student names have been anonymized in this transcript. Questions and answers...


What happens after I apply to the University?

April 30, 2019

UT’s admissions process is complicated. The University’s admissions process — especially for athletes on scholarship —  came under national scrutiny on March 12 after now-fired...


Former UT tennis coach Michael Center plans to plead guilty in college admissions case

April 8, 2019

Former UT men’s tennis coach Michael Center will plead guilty by April 30 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. As...


Father of University of Texas student involved in college admissions scandal removed from firm

March 28, 2019

Editor’s note: A source in this story agreed to speak to The Texan on terms of anonymity. This story has been updated to reflect clarifications from the anonymous source regarding when...


U.S. Department of Education launches investigation into University of Texas admissions practices

March 27, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating admissions practices at the eight universities involved in the federal admissions scandal, including UT. Federal education investigators told the eight...


Introducing Curious Capitol: Do you have questions about the Texas Legislature? We’ll find answers

February 1, 2019

Is there something you’d like to learn about the Texas Legislature? An issue or lawmaker you’d like The Daily Texan to cover? Or even just a more in-depth look at a bill that was recently introduced? I’m...


LGBTQ advocacy organizations support former SRD resident

December 10, 2018

After Scottish Rite Dormitory restricted her guest policies on Nov. 14, Kaj Baker found support through GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. Baker, a communication sciences...


Reports of robberies decrease in West Campus, Riverside

December 7, 2018

Robberies have decreased in West Campus and Riverside this fall semester compared to last fall, according to the Austin Police Department Crime Viewer. Since Aug. 29, there have been zero reported robberies...


Sexual assault reported at Kinsolving Dormitory

December 5, 2018

A UT student reported a sexual assault to the University of Texas Police Department at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a campus-wide safety alert sent out this morning. The student said the reported...


Water main break causes road closure

December 4, 2018

Water spewed more than 30 feet high outside the Student Services Building on Tuesday morning after a water main break, according to the University of Texas Police Department. Laurie Lentz, Financial...


Lighting improvements needed for West Campus, according to study

December 4, 2018

West Campus needs at least $1.7 million worth of lighting upgrades, according to a study presented by the Austin Transportation Department on Monday. In May 2017, after months of lobbying by campus...


Austin leads Texas in reported hate crimes in 2017

November 28, 2018

Austin led Texas in reported hate crimes in 2017, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report. According to the report, Austin had 18 hate crimes — 10 of which were motivated by race,...


Off-campus dorm increases restrictions on LGBTQ student

November 27, 2018

Kaj Baker used to spend nights studying in Scottish Rite Dormitory with her girlfriend. But now, her girlfriend is no longer allowed in the dorm, as first reported by Texas Student Television. After...

West Campus burglaries increase during 2018 fall semester

November 26, 2018

There have been 22 more burglaries in the West Campus area during this fall semester compared to last fall, according to the Austin Police Department crime viewer. There have been 69 burglaries...


Hey, Curious Campus: What are some of the best coffee shops in Austin?

November 26, 2018

Coffee shops aren’t only famous for their calm environments that are perfect for studying; they also offer the delicious caffeinated drinks that fuel all college students. But with dozens of coffee...


UT-Austin finishes $2.4 million upgrade to building security

November 20, 2018

The University completed nearly $2.4 million in safety and security upgrades to all on-campus buildings at the end of October. The Department of Public Safety provided security recommendations to the...


Call boxes not used to report on-campus emergency in five years

November 14, 2018

In the past five years, none of the yellow emergency call boxes have been used to report an emergency on campus. According to data provided by UT Police Department, UTPD officers responded to 1,832...


UT student reports robbery on San Antonio Street

November 9, 2018

The Austin Police Department responded at 9:20 p.m to two UT students who reported a robbery, according to a campus-wide alert. One of the two suspects cut one of the students with the knife at the...


Hey, Curious Campus: What are some of the best places to study on campus?

November 8, 2018

While the midterm elections have come and gone, the stress of midterm exams has just begun. But as popular places like the Perry-Castañeda Library and the Student Activity Center begin to fill...


Naloxone kits on UT-Austin campus going unused

October 31, 2018

The University provided two doses of Narcan nasal spray, an opioid overdose treatment, to each of the 24-hour desks at residence halls on campus in 2016. But since then, none of the on-campus kits have...


Capitol offices evacuated due to suspicious package

October 30, 2018

State Rep. Matt Schaefer said in a tweet that offices in the Texas State Capitol complex have been evacuated due to a suspicious package. “DPS has evacuated my staff in our Capitol office along...


UT student reports groping incident on Guadalupe Street

October 30, 2018

According to a campus-wide safety alert, a UT student reported a groping incident to UTPD at 11:30 p.m. on Monday. The student said a man groped over her clothes while she was walking through a vacant...

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‘Rampant’ moped thefts occurring in West Campus

October 30, 2018

After a string of moped thefts in West Campus this year, the Austin Police Department is urging students to protect their mopeds. Forty moped thefts have occurred in West Campus and the surrounding...


Boil water notice lifted Sunday

October 29, 2018

Austin Water lifted the city’s boil water notice Sunday afternoon after one week. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality tested the water and confirmed it was safe for Austin residents...


Austin Water lifts boil water notice

October 28, 2018

The boil water notice for Austin has been lifted, Austin Water announced Sunday. Testing done by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed the water is now safe for consumption. Austin...


Hey, Curious Campus: It’s election season. Who are the local candidates on the ballot?

October 28, 2018

From the race for U.S Senate to the race for Texas governor, statewide elections have captured the attention of people around Texas for months. But along with the races at the top of the ballot, dozens...


Rumors of worsening water quality are false, city officials say

October 26, 2018

A widely shared image of claims the water quality in Austin is going to get worse is false. The uncropped image features messages from someone named Alex claiming to work for “municipal districts”...


What happens if I get a citation for underage drinking?

October 26, 2018

Students cited for underage drinking violations can face a wide range of penalties at both the University and state level, but there are also multiple resources available to them to manage these penalties. If...


UTPD introduces new public safety officers

October 23, 2018

Along with officers wearing blue, black and white, the UT Police Department now has 11 officers patrolling campus in fluorescent yellow uniforms. UTPD previously had more than 50 security guards...


Have questions about Austin’s citywide boil water notice? We have answers.

October 22, 2018

A citywide boil water notice has been issued for the first time in the history of the Austin water utility. Austin Water is advising customers to boil water for three minutes before consuming it. Why...


Austin makes boil notice mandatory after contamination exceeds state standards

October 22, 2018

Update (Thursday 1:56 p.m.):  Mayor Steve Adler has issued a disaster declaration for the City of Austin for the next seven days. This follows similar recent declarations by the City’s...


Dozens of students cite conscience in request for meningococcal vaccination exemptions

October 19, 2018

Out of 78 total students at UT exempt from the meningococcal vaccination for the 2018–19 school year, 68 were exempt for reasons of conscience. According to data obtained by The Daily Texan through...


Hey, Curious Campus: Early voting starts Monday. What do I need to know?

October 19, 2018

For months, candidates have been campaigning in Texas for dozens of statewide and local positions. The first ballots for all of these positions, from the U.S Senate seat to railroad commissioner, will...


Heavy rain leads to road, waterway closures in Austin

October 16, 2018

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state disaster declaration Tuesday evening for Travis County and 17 other counties because of heavy rainfall, which also caused several minor road closures and all Austin waterways. Barton...


UTPD hosts rape agression defense class for women

October 16, 2018

Nearly 20 women shouted “Stay back!” and practiced defending themselves against potential assailants in the UT Police Department training room Monday evening. The women were participating...


Hey, Curious Campus: Why is voter turnout among young people so low in midterm elections?

October 16, 2018

Despite the significant role in the role of government in lives of young people, they often have the lowest voter turnout in elections nationwide. Less than 20 percent of 18 to 29-year olds cast ballots...


Student reports assault on Guadalupe Street

October 16, 2018

According to a campus-wide safety alert, Austin Police responded at 9:00 p.m to a student who reported an aggravated assault on Guadalupe Street. The student said he was threatened by a transient, who...


University of Texas police investigate, clear terrorist threat against government professor

October 12, 2018

On the first day of class, government professor David Prindle was reported for making a terrorist threat.  “Someone quoted me as having said, ‘I’m going to pull out a gun and...


Students come together at ‘Stand with Survivors’ rally in response to YCT demonstration supporting Kavanaugh

October 10, 2018

Even as rain began to pour, dozens of people linked their arms together and chanted “We believe survivors” and “Survivors united will never be divided” Tuesday afternoon on...


UT students gather at ‘Stand with Survivors’ rally in response to YCT demonstration

October 9, 2018

With arms linked and tears in their eyes, dozens of people continued their chants of “We believe survivors” and “Survivors united will never be divided” Tuesday afternoon on Speedway. During...


Reports of violent, property crime increase at UT-Austin

October 5, 2018

Violent crime and property crime on campus increased last year, according to data released last week by the FBI. Compared to 13 violent crimes in 2016, the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows 15...


Hey, Curious Campus: It’s election season. How do I register to vote?

October 4, 2018

This November, Texans will not only be casting their ballot for U.S. Senator, but they will also be voting for governor, attorney general, mayor and several state and district judges. But before heading...


Education experts emphasize higher education funding at Texas Tribune Festival

September 28, 2018

Lack of financial aid for university students, support for marginalized students and education policy dominated the conversations at two Texas Tribune Festival panels on higher education. Presidents...


‘I believe in our country’: John Kerry opens Texas Tribune Festival with discussion on US democracy

September 28, 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry said although the United States has proven it can withstand anything, the current state of the country is in deep trouble. Kerry, the opening speaker for the Texas...