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Texas state representative files bill to allow UT System student regent voting power

Texas state representative files bill to allow UT System student regent voting power

April 6, 2021
A Texas State Representative filed a bill at the beginning of March that would amend the Texas Constitution to provide student regents on the boards of public universities with voting power.
Student Government passes legislation to urge UT-Austin to make graduation ceremony more inclusive for Jewish students

Student Government passes legislation to urge UT-Austin to make graduation ceremony more inclusive for Jewish students

March 30, 2021

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of anti-Semitism and violence. The UT Student Government assembly passed legislation Tuesday urging administration to change the day of the week for...

Austin-Travis county mask mandate to remain in effect

March 26, 2021

The Austin-Travis county mask mandate will remain in effect until at least April 21 by the ruling of State District Judge Lora Livingston.  Travis County 261st District Court held the hearing on Friday...

UT-Austin Senate of College Councils encourages flexible attendance policies for students receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

UT-Austin Senate of College Councils encourages flexible attendance policies for students receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

March 26, 2021

The Senate of College Councils passed legislation by unanimous consent during their general assembly Thursday to urge the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost to recommend that faculty adopt...

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How Student Government executive alliance Anagha and Winston adapted and implemented their platform during their 2020-2021 term

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan. Each March, the Student Government executive alliance is elected to serve as the voice of the student body. Each...

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UT-Austin reports first B.1.429 COVID-19 variant cases

March 15, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include additional information about the number of cases of the B.1.429 variant at UT and to clarify messaging from UT. The COVID-19 variant known...

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UT-Austin updates COVID-19 dashboard to include vaccination information

March 13, 2021

As of March 12, the UT COVID-19 dashboard includes information about vaccination efforts with UT Health Austin. The dashboard now provides information on the number of vaccine doses administered,...

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Kiara Kabbara, Ethan Jones elected student body president and vice president, Steven Ding, Suseth Muñoz for UT Senate

March 13, 2021

Legislative student organizations, which include Student Government, UT Senate of College Council and the Graduate Student Assembly, announced their representatives for the 2021-2022 academic year Thursday...

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Executive alliance candidates discuss platform points

March 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 5 print edition. UT students will have the opportunity to vote next week in student body elections and choose who will represent them...

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UT Senate of College Councils passes legislation to change cultural diversity flag requirements

March 5, 2021

The Senate of College Councils passed legislation to change the requirements for classes that fulfill the Cultural Diversity Flag requirement during their general assembly Thursday. The legislation will...

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Student body president debate focuses on transparency, increasing CMHC access and addressing food insecurity

March 5, 2021

Candidates for the 2021-2022 student body president and vice president discussed key points of their campaigns at the Student Government debate Monday evening.   The four executive alliances debated...

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Students dissatisfied with UT’s emergency preparedness communication amid inclement weather

March 4, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 26 print edition. While UT officials and offices prepared for the recent winter storm, some students felt communication...

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UT System financials relatively stable despite COVID-19 pandemic

March 1, 2021

This fiscal year’s revenues and expenses of the UT System have remained stable despite the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UT System’s annual financial reports. The Daily Texan broke...

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What resources are available on campus after the winter storm?

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Despite this week’s higher temperatures, Austin is still reeling from the effects of last week’s...

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Boil water notice lifted for UT-Austin main campus, West Campus, parts of North Campus

February 22, 2021

Editor's Note: This story was updated as information became available.  The University’s main campus is no longer under a boil water notice, according to the emergency messages page....

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Austin City Council votes to conduct study to determine tobacco disparities within LGBTQ+ community

February 22, 2021

UT will conduct a community health needs assessment on tobacco use disparities among the LGBTQ+ population in Austin after the Austin City Council voted in favor of the study Feb. 4. The Gender, Sexuality...

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How to navigate the boil water notice and freezing, bursting pipes

February 18, 2021

Many UT students in Riverside, North Campus and West Campus have frozen or busted pipes in their apartments or are experiencing water outages amid the inclement weather. Austin Water is advising community...

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Here’s what Austin officials are saying about inclement weather

February 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. The Daily Texan is tracking press briefings held by city...

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Here’s what you need to know about power, water and shelter at and around UT amid severe weather

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. Students living off campus continue to face power and...

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Duren Residence Hall evacuated early Tuesday morning due to faulty water flow detector

February 16, 2021

Residents evacuated Duren Residence Hall due to a fire alarm into below-freezing weather and about 6 inches of snow at 1:47 a.m. Tuesday.  Resident assistants directed students to shelter in Kinsolving...

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Students face power outages while UT facilities still have power, are available to students

February 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include power outages at UT-owned Gateway Apartments. Students living off campus continue to face power outages and internet issues amid the winter...

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Student Government spring budget approved, funding remains same amid pandemic while spending decreases

February 15, 2021

The Student Government legislative assembly approved their spring 2021 budget on Feb. 2, including appropriation funds for other student organizations. Spending decreased this year due to the uncertainty...

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Speakers discuss steps for change at UT during final day of State of Black UT

February 13, 2021

Panelists and keynote speaker Peniel Joseph addressed action the UT community can take to make the University equitable and inclusive for Black students during the third day of State of Black UT.  Edmund...

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UT-Austin continues study abroad programs, international travel with restrictions

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 5 online edition. UT is allowing students to study abroad during the spring semester, despite continued national and...

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UT implements inclusive access textbook program, leaving some students confused

January 26, 2021

UT is implementing a pilot program that offers inclusive access to digital course content through the University Co-op this spring, but some students are confused by its rollout.   The Longhorn...

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Austin Public Health officials advise students to avoid travel, wear masks over holidays

November 25, 2020

Some students canceled their travel plans as COVID-19 cases continue to rise before the holiday season, but others still plan to see family or friends while attempting to follow health guidelines. Dr....

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Students express frustration in online class size limits

November 23, 2020

Some students feel online class size limits are unreasonable and are preventing them from registering for classes they need to graduate.  Kathleen Harrison, communications manager for the Office...

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Texas Advance Commitment expansion brings tuition help, confusion to UT-Austin students

November 13, 2020

Under the expansion of the Texas Advance Commitment for fall 2020, 13,000 students have benefited, with 9,000 students receiving aid to fully cover tuition and nearly 4,000 receiving tuition assistance,...

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UHS holds annual flu shot campaign, adapts for COVID-19

November 6, 2020

Every October, University Health Services hosts a month-long campaign for students, faculty and staff to receive flu shots on campus. This year, the campaign administered 8,093 shots while accommodating...

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UT-Austin students feel anxious about election in polarized political climate

November 4, 2020

Some students have expressed anxiety about this years’ election results, saying it is one of the most important elections of their lifetime. With increased student involvement on social media,...

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UT students struggle to receive timely help from Counseling and Mental Health Center

November 3, 2020

Some students say they have struggled to make timely appointments with the Counseling and Mental Health Center and reach the crisis hotline this semester.  Biology sophomore Ximena Pastor Navarro...

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Professors administer midsemester surveys, attempt to make accommodations

October 26, 2020

Some professors administered midsemester surveys to gauge students’ feelings about the semester before making changes to accommodate for current circumstances. Kathleen Harrison, communications...

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UT-Austin teaching assistants face challenges in online environment

October 20, 2020

Teaching assistants said they experience challenges with student engagement in online classes, but students now have greater accessibility to them when asking questions. Challenges include connecting with...

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UT-Austin Student Government agencies plan to work toward equity for students on campus

September 30, 2020

Student Government agencies added new appointees to their teams last week and are beginning to plan initiatives and events for the year to help and protect marginalized groups on campus. Neha Valmiki,...

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UT-Austin students struggle to connect to peers virtually from home

September 23, 2020

Some students who chose to stay home during the fall semester have searched for ways to stay connected to their peers socially and academically through social media and First-Year Interest Groups.  Psychology...