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Austin creates Emergency Communications Department to handle 911 calls, moves other department functions

Austin creates Emergency Communications Department to handle 911 calls, moves other department functions

May 5, 2021

The Austin City Council approved a budget amendment April 22 that will move functions and funding from the Austin Police Department to new city departments, including an Emergency Communications Department...

Police responded to barricaded, armed subject at an apartment in Riverside, subject in custody

Police responded to barricaded, armed subject at an apartment in Riverside, subject in custody

May 4, 2021

TW:  Discussions of gun violence.  This is a developing situation, and The Daily Texan will update as more details come out.  The Austin Police Department responded to an armed subject who barricaded...

Nearly 75% of UTPD survey respondents feel safe on campus, but some say results may not reflect student body opinions

Nearly 75% of UTPD survey respondents feel safe on campus, but some say results may not reflect student body opinions

April 28, 2021
Although a majority of UT respondents to a campus safety survey conducted by the UT Police Department said they feel secure on campus and believe UTPD can effectively handle public safety crises, some students feel that the results do not represent the opinions of UT’s student population.
What to know about Proposition B on the May 1 ballot

What to know about Proposition B on the May 1 ballot

April 23, 2021
Austin voters will cast their ballot on eight different propositions May 1, including Proposition B, which would reinstate the camping ban for Austin’s unhoused population.
5 years after murder of Haruka Weiser, students, parents, faculty evaluate UT’s public safety response

5 years after murder of Haruka Weiser, students, parents, faculty evaluate UT’s public safety response

April 23, 2021
In the five years following the murder of freshman Haruka Weiser, UT has increased safety measures on and off campus to reduce crime risk. However, some advocates say additional steps could be taken to improve student safety.
UTPD hosts training to educate officers on gender-diverse identities

UTPD hosts training to educate officers on gender-diverse identities

April 20, 2021

The University of Texas Police Department held a transgender awareness training early this month to educate officers on recognizing gender identities and on the history of hate crimes towards gender-diverse...

Students hold protest demanding justice for those killed by police brutality

Students hold protest demanding justice for those killed by police brutality

April 19, 2021

Editor’s Note: Two sources within this story, Andrea and J, are identified using false names due to fear of repercussions for protesting police violence.  TW: Discussions of police brutality Student...

City officials and community advocates release plan to house 3,000 unsheltered residents by 2024

City officials and community advocates release plan to house 3,000 unsheltered residents by 2024

April 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 16 issue of The Daily Texan. The Summit to Address Unsheltered Homelessness in Austin released a report Thursday detailing a plan to house 3,000...

Students Organizing for Support coalition stages weekly sit-in at tower to improve mental health resources in memory of Towhid family

Students Organizing for Support coalition stages weekly sit-in at tower to improve mental health resources in memory of Towhid family

April 18, 2021
About 15 students displayed signs with phrases such as, “Stop putting mental health on the back burner” in front of the tower Friday afternoon to advocate for better mental health infrastructure at UT in memory of the Towhid family.
Shooting leaves 3 dead near The Arboretum, suspect arrested Monday morning

Shooting leaves 3 dead near The Arboretum, suspect arrested Monday morning

April 18, 2021
Three people were pronounced dead after the Austin Police Department responded to reports of an active shooter at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway on Sunday afternoon.
Most fall 2021 classes to be held in person

Most fall 2021 classes to be held in person

April 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 13 issue of The Daily Texan. More than 91% of classes will be held face to face in the fall, Kathleen Harrison, the communications manager for...

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Former UT-Austin student died by suicide after killing family members

April 9, 2021
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of a suicide and descriptions of suicidal thoughts and ideology. This story also discusses depression, self-harm, mental illness and gun violence.
City of Austin begins search for new police chief

City of Austin begins search for new police chief

April 6, 2021
Following last summer’s national protests and confrontation with racism and police brutality, some community activists are looking toward confirming a new Austin Police Department chief from outside the department. 
Austin Public Health officials encourage safety precautions during Easter weekend, registering for COVID-19 vaccine

Austin Public Health officials encourage safety precautions during Easter weekend, registering for COVID-19 vaccine

March 31, 2021

Austin Public Health officials advised people Wednesday to continue COVID-19 safety precautions going into Easter weekend by avoiding large gatherings and to continue trying to sign up for vaccinations. “This...

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Austin approves reopening of cadet academy with changes to include training on racial inequities in policing

March 30, 2021

The Austin City Council approved a blueprint to reopen the police cadet academy Thursday with increased diversity, equity and inclusion training, but community members and activists worry the move will...

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How Austin has addressed police reform since a national reckoning with police brutality

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan. Trigger Warning: Contains mentions of  police brutality, violence and racism.   After nationwide Black...

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What does lifting the mask mandate mean for Texas businesses?

March 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 9 print edition.   Businesses and public places must independently decide to set mask mandates and capacity limits after Gov....

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Austin Police officer charged with murder of Michael Ramos

March 11, 2021

A Travis County grand jury issued an arrest warrant with a murder charge on Wednesday for Christopher Taylor, the Austin police officer who shot and killed Michael Ramos in April 2020, according to the...

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Cops Off Campus Campaign advocates for dissolution of UTPD, Liberation Coalition-formed group

March 9, 2021

  The Liberation Coalition, a student communist group, created a movement called the Cops Off Campus campaign that starts Tuesday to protest the presence of police on and around  University campus.   The...

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How to file for loss of property following winter storm

March 4, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 26 print edition. Students who experienced flooding or power outages resulting in property damage or food loss during the...

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West Campus apartment complex fire displaces 10 people

March 3, 2021

A fire displaced about 10 residents at a West Campus apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, said Thayer Smith, division chief of the Austin Fire Department. Austin Fire Department put the fire out at...

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Governor Abbott announces 100% business capacity, end of mask mandate beginning March 10

March 2, 2021

Sheryl Lawrence and Skye Seipp contributed to this report. Editor's note: This story has been updated as information has been made available. Update Thursday at 4:30 p.m.: Texas...

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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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Students, advocates speak out about slow lighting improvements in West Campus

February 22, 2021

Local safety organizations and UT students are frustrated by the city’s lack of communication about when West Campus lighting improvements will occur to increase safety amid rising crime rates.  Austin...

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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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Austin City Council votes to separate forensics lab from APD jurisdiction

February 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 9 print edition. The Austin City Council voted to separate its forensics lab from the Austin Police Department last Thursday,...

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Austin City Council approves purchase of new hotel to house people experiencing homelessness

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 5 online edition. On Thursday, Austin City Council voted to purchase Candlewood Suites to house people experiencing homelessness...

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Gov. Abbott continues opposing defunding police, threatens to withhold city funding

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing for the Texas Legislature to create laws penalizing cities who reallocate...

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RecSports expands intramural opportunities for spring semester

January 29, 2021

RecSports is expanding intramural league activities this semester, after many were canceled in March as part of COVID-19 safety precautions.  Some of these activities, including volleyball, cornhole...

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In-person campus tours to resume for spring semester with social distancing guidelines in place

January 25, 2021

The Office of Admissions will resume in-person campus tours starting Feb. 1 on a limited basis, in addition to current virtual options. Prior to the pandemic, the Office of Admissions offered three...

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UT-Austin announces graduation dates for classes of 2020, 2021

January 19, 2021

The University announced Tuesday that it is planning in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2021 and 2020, according to an email sent by UT President Jay Hartzell. The class of 2021 will...

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UT-Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center expands aid to out-of-state students through new partnership

December 3, 2020

UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center has rolled out new services to out-of-state and out-of-country students to improve accessibility to mental health resources for students not on campus in...

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UT-Austin researchers develop new communication chip to overcome poor signals in bad weather

November 20, 2020

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering are developing a communication chip that is able to send signals in harsh weather and over greater distances. The team is developing this technology...

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UT students unable to vote absentee, frustrated that ballots never arrived

November 10, 2020

Finance sophomore Jacob Esparza requested his absentee ballot from Cameron County, Texas at the beginning of October. After two weeks of waiting, it still had not arrived.  Esparza said he had...

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UT-Austin students combat anxiety while using online proctoring software

November 10, 2020

Some students say using online proctoring programs can add a new layer of stress to exams, causing them to worry about “appearing” to be cheating. These programs, such as Proctorio or ProctorU,...

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Students launch businesses after quarantine, online classes create more flexible schedules

October 19, 2020

Some students have used their time at home during COVID-19 as an opportunity to launch new businesses based on their hobbies and passions. Public relations sophomore Alyssa Torres said the flexibility...

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Architect Liz Ogbu discusses how design must not be complacent in spatial injustice

October 8, 2020

Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of architectural design practice Studio O, said architects must fight for justice and consider the way their designs impact underprivileged communities in her lecture “Design...

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UT-Austin students stay active during pandemic with at-home workouts, RecSports services

September 30, 2020

Since getting to class has changed from commuting to campus to simply opening a laptop, it’s been more challenging for students to stay physically active while stuck at home. Lack of activity...

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Performance students prepare for online performances, practice in new spaces

September 21, 2020

Dance and theatre majors have faced obstacles this semester as they try to learn physical skills in a virtual environment with few in-person classes. According to an email that was sent to department...

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Spring Break Oasis promotes healthy ways to de-stress over break

March 12, 2020

To help relieve stress from the midterm season, students gathered at the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center on Wednesday for a mini oasis of activities and blow-up palm trees. The Longhorn...

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Harvard historian talks new documentary, Reconstruction

March 4, 2020

Filmmaker and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. discussed his new documentary on the Black struggle for rights during Reconstruction on Tuesday with a public affairs professor. Gates showed part of his...

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Scholars discuss immigrant hardships in ‘Immigration and Imagination’ lecture

February 26, 2020

In a lecture geared toward first-year students Tuesday evening, scholars discussed the realities of immigrant life in America and encouraged people to show empathy toward immigrants. “Immigration...

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UT-Austin students celebrate Black accomplishments in STEM with festival

February 17, 2020

Students attended the second annual Black Excellence in STEM Festival on Friday to celebrate diversity and success of Black people in STEM fields.  The Cockrell School of Engineering and the College...

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Texas Theme Park Engineering Group discusses new attractions ahead of Engineers Week

February 11, 2020

The Texas Theme Park Engineering Group met Monday to go over new amusement park attractions opening around the world in 2020 and discuss the upcoming Engineers Week on campus. The student organization,...

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New UT display ‘Interface Architecture’ shows push toward AI

February 4, 2020

Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, the School of Architecture revealed Monday a gallery of projector screens that feature a simulation of infinitely tall city block designs.  Los...