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UT, prioritize your students for once

UT, prioritize your students for once

May 9, 2021
The editorial board calls on UT to improve communication and listen to students.
Explaining Abbott's proof of vaccine ban

Explaining Abbott’s proof of vaccine ban

April 25, 2021
The editorial board breaks down what Abbott’s executive order banning proof of a COVID-19 vaccine means for public universities in Texas.
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Improve communication on sexual misconduct reform

March 15, 2021

Transparency. Regular communication. Prompt disclosure. All are practices students hoped to see the University adopt regarding sexual misconduct on campus after former UT President Gregory Fenves accepted...

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‘Y’all ready?’: Vote Kiara and Ethan

March 8, 2021

Editor's note: This endorsement reflects the opinion of The Daily Texan Editorial Board and not the opinions of The Daily Texan staff as a whole. This Student Government election season has been...

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Give students more time

February 26, 2021

Here in the opinion department at The Daily Texan, we rarely comment on state or national issues. We focus on UT and how we can push for change here on campus. But in a disaster such as the recent winter...

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Other universities set standard

February 2, 2021

Correction: An earlier version of this editorial mischaracterized certain aspects of UT’s proactive community testing program. We incorrectly stated that it had irregular hours, didn’t allow walk-ups...

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Over the past decade, problems with tuition have persisted

February 1, 2021

The Daily Texan’s opinion department has covered tuition at UT extensively. When we started thinking about how we wanted to write this editorial, we realized we had a wealth of older content to pull...

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These issues are nothing new

January 19, 2021

Last semester, the world flipped upside down. This semester, the pandemic upended everything we thought we knew — or expected to know — about life in college. Almost 2,000 members of our community...

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Rename School of Advertising

November 13, 2020

Stan Richards is the founder of Dallas-based advertising agency The Richards Group, the country’s largest independent advertising agency, and namesake of UT’s School of Advertising and Public...

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Students need regular COVID-19 testing hours

October 29, 2020

For Mia Hay, women’s and gender studies freshman, making her first proactive community testing appointment was a challenge. Hay’s schedule is hectic during the week and she struggled to find...

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Grant equal access to online learning

October 11, 2020

In semesters before the pandemic, accommodations for students with disabilities may have included access to copies of class notes and professors’ PowerPoint presentations, seating accommodations,...

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‘It was honestly so scary for me’

September 28, 2020

On Sept. 9, Emily’s suitemate told her and Emily’s roommate that she had tested positive for COVID-19. The hours afterward were filled with confusion, stress and radio silence from UT as Emily...

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Release more information. Create a taskforce.

September 10, 2020

Despite UT accounting for 23% of COVID-19 cases in Travis County last week, students living off campus have continued to violate COVID-19 guidelines — largely without consequences from the University....

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We haven’t forgotten

August 14, 2020

On March 2, former UT President Gregory Fenves announced a development that clearly resulted from years of collective advocacy work from student activists on campus: UT’s sexual misconduct policies...

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An unnecessary risk

July 31, 2020

The University of Texas community will begin this fall semester knowing a UT staff member, a custodial worker, died from COVID-19 while students and faculty weren’t on campus. The UT community will...

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Consider reducing fall tuition

July 17, 2020

In-state undergraduates will pay, on average, $5,583 in tuition per semester this year. Out-of-state undergraduates will pay approximately $20,761 per semester. For the 2020-2021 academic school year,...

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We need more information

July 10, 2020

Trying to figure out your financial aid package can be incredibly frustrating — especially when you encounter mixed messages from your university. The Texas Advance Commitment, an effort undertaken...

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We demand swift action, change

June 19, 2020

In response to the countless number of Black lives lost to police brutality and racial injustice, the UT community has rallied behind a list of demands titled “Student Community Statement: 8 Demands...

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Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

The Daily Texan’s editorial board and Diversity & Inclusion Board stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, with Black journalists across the nation and with our Black Texan staffers....

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It’s time to face our new normal, fight for better one

May 8, 2020

This wasn’t the semester we were expecting. There was the incredibly emotional town hall on sexual misconduct and sweeping reforms to sexual misconduct policy after years of student work. And...

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Know your professor’s history with misconduct database

April 23, 2020

Class registration for the summer and fall semesters begins April 27. Three UT professors who have been found in violation of sexual misconduct policy will be teaching during both. Coleman Hutchison...

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COVID-19 is an emergency. The Student Emergency Fund was unprepared.

April 20, 2020

In late March, Jordan — who requested for us not to use his real name — submitted an application to receive financial assistance from UT’s Student Emergency Fund, which is designed to...

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UT’s restrictions on emergency housing defeat its purpose

April 6, 2020

On March 17, it was announced that the UT campus would be shut down for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. All classes would move online, and all students living in on-campus dormitories would have...

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We want to hear from you

March 30, 2020

Tomorrow is the first day back from spring break, but it doesn't feel like it. Most of us are hundreds of miles away from campus, stuck in our homes to fight the spread of a pandemic. Those of us who are...

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Double A is only fair grading system for unprecedented semester

March 23, 2020

Editor’s note: A student petition is currently circulating to encourage UT to adopt a Double A grading policy. Show your support by signing it here. In the past week, our lives have been uprooted. Many...

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Activists respond to sexual misconduct policy reform after years of work

March 13, 2020

Four months and six days. It took four months and six days from the first student sit-in at Provost Maurie McInnis’ office for the University to accept sweeping, structural changes to the way it...

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The Daily Texan endorses for tomorrow’s primary elections

March 2, 2020

Tomorrow is your last chance to vote in the 2020 primaries. For Austin, Travis County and many of Austin’s congressional districts, UT Austin students are a critical — and growing — voting...

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Vote Simona and Lynn to Mess With Texas

February 28, 2020

This year, UT students unapologetically challenged administration about professor misconduct. We achieved an unprecedented level of success in holding administration accountable for their actions, thanks...

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Yes, you have failed us.

January 29, 2020

You said it yourself, President Fenves. You have failed us. At Monday’s town hall on sexual misconduct, we needed answers. Answers for why, after months of protest, there has been so little progress....

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UT released more professors’ names. They need to do more.

January 22, 2020

Our editorial board has been calling on UT to release the names of faculty and staff who have violated sexual misconduct policy for over a year. Protesters have been calling for names for a semester. UT...

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The fight is not over

December 9, 2019

Three sit-ins, a protest on the tower’s steps, countless experiences shared on social media, a classroom disrupted, national news coverage, a petition with over 1,000 signatures.  This semester,...

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Why are they still here? Professors with history of misconduct still on spring course schedule

October 25, 2019

Update 10/30/19: A report provided to the Texan by JB Bird, director of media relations for UT, indicates that of the 44 reports filed against faculty and staff during the 2016-2017 school year, 6 resulted...

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Oppose dehumanizing ordinances, support our homeless neighbors

October 11, 2019

Correction: An earlier version of this column incorrectly said that the murder of Haruka Weiser's was in 2015. It was in April of 2016. The Texan regrets this error. Homelessness is a crisis, but...

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Defend East Riverside

September 13, 2019

There are 1,308 units in the Town Lake, Ballpark North, and Quad East, West and South apartments on East Riverside. Sixty percent of them house students -— and much of the rest house working class...

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To anticipate the year ahead, look to the past

August 12, 2019

On August 28, the 2019-2020 long session will begin. More than 50,000 Longhorns will return home to campus, each embarking on a year’s worth of individual successes and struggles. Likewise, as a...

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Lack of transparency about professor misconduct continues to leave students at risk

July 30, 2019

In 2013, then-UTLA director Phil Nemy was found in violation of UT’s sexual misconduct policy. More specifically, Nemy had been accused of inappropriately touching students on their lower backs and...

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Tuition aid is victory for UT-Austin, another loss for other UT System schools

July 23, 2019

Another barrier to attending UT-Austin has fallen. On July 9, the University announced that about 8,600 Longhorns with an annual family income less than $65,000 will receive free tuition beginning in the...

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UT should learn from its mistakes and focus on transparency

May 10, 2019

We’ve been writing about the University for a year. We’ve looked at this school through a microscope — we’ve interviewed officials, students, professors. For a year, we’ve...

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UHD creates an atmosphere of secrecy

April 19, 2019

“I’m sorry, I’m too scared to do it.”  Last week we asked resident assistants across campus to talk to us off the record about what they’re allowed to say to the press....

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Roadblocks to student journalism don’t help anyone

April 9, 2019

We wanted to write this editorial about UT’s response to shifting Title IX policies at the federal level. The Department of Education has proposed significant changes that will soon be implemented...

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University needs to allot more rooms for incoming students

March 29, 2019

Cecille Lopez, a psychology freshman and first-generation student, waited until the last minute to secure off-campus housing because she was waiting for a housing offer from UT. When Lopez didn’t...

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Professors need to reconsider grade-based attendance policies

March 15, 2019

Most professors at UT require students attend class in some way — whether it’s through quizzes, participation or simply making attendance a part of students’ grade in the class.  Requiring...

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UT now has the second largest endowment in the country. What does that mean?

March 8, 2019

Last month, The Daily Texan reported that the UT system now has the country’s second largest endowment at $31 billion.  As the second wealthiest university system in the country, it’s...

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Vote Camron & Amie for a ‘UT Led by You’

March 4, 2019

Editor's note: This endorsement reflects the opinion of The Daily Texan editorial board, and not necessarily the opinions of The Daily Texan staff as a whole. Student government and The Daily Texan...

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Explaining consent at UT

February 14, 2019

What does consent mean?  If consent is not involved in your sexual activities, it becomes sexual violence. There is no room for interpretation or assumptions or misunderstandings. Communication...

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We need a centralized system for appealing grades

February 5, 2019

In July, a student approached the Editorial Board with a story about a professor behaving inappropriately. For the purposes of anonymity, we’ll call her Emma.  From the first day of class,...

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Students deserve more information about hazing

January 24, 2019

Nicholas Cumberland died in November after a car crash on the way home from a Texas Cowboys initiation retreat. After his death, Cumberland’s parents heard disturbing reports of hazing that weekend....

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Oklahoma’s incompetence extends past football

October 5, 2018

Editor’s Note: In the spirit of the University of Texas’ friendly rivalry with the University of Oklahoma, the editorial boards of The Daily Texan and The Oklahoma Daily have exchanged editorials. Read...

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In the face of toxic discourse, focus on survivors of sexual assault

October 3, 2018

Since Sept. 16, three women have accused Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct or assault. One of those women — Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — delivered testimony to the Senate...

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Last year’s issues aren’t going anywhere

August 9, 2018

Over the last school year, the University of Texas community has experienced a range of challenges — from the continued blowback of national conversations surrounding gun rights and sexual assault...