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UT continues System-wide sexual assault survey

Zainab Calcuttawala November 25, 2015

Researchers released a sexual misconduct survey to a random sample of students across the 13 UT System schools on Nov. 4 as part of the Cultivating Learning and Safe Environment project. The results of...


UHS to offer post-assault forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault

Zainab Calcuttawala November 17, 2015

Sexual assault survivors will be able to complete their sexual assault forensic exams (SAFE) on campus as a result of a new University Health Services policy that allows guest nurses from SafePlace Austin...

PTS to seek student authorization to relocate cars within campus

Zainab Calcuttawala November 17, 2015

Students must authorize Parking and Transportation Services to relocate their cars to another parking space on campus rather than an off-campus impound yard due to a change in state law, according to an...

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Longhorns studying abroad in Paris reflect on terror attacks

Zainab Calcuttawala November 16, 2015

All 88 students and five faculty members currently in France were reported safe after a string of shootings and bombings in the capital city that left at least 132 civilians dead Friday night, UT’s...


University cannot predict effects of Safe Campus Act on sexual assault investigations

Zainab Calcuttawala November 16, 2015

University administrators cannot predict how the Safe Campus Act will affect the way the UT Title IX Training and Investigations in the Office of the Dean of Students office will carry out sexual assault...


Construction causes nearly half of fire alarm activations on campus

Zainab Calcuttawala November 9, 2015

Excess heat and dust caused by campus construction projects caused 48 percent of fire alarm activations in 2014, according to data from Fire Prevention Services. Roughly 10 percent of alarms corresponded...


UTPD reports increase in IRS phone scams

Zainab Calcuttawala November 5, 2015

UTPD reported an increased prevalence of phone scammers who portray themselves as Internal Revenue Service agents collecting back taxes and other fees, according to an email UTPD sent to the University...


Most UT fire alarms result of ‘malicious pulls’

Zainab Calcuttawala November 2, 2015

Nine of the 15 manual fire alarm pulls in UT buildings since September 2013 were “malicious pulls” unrelated to reporting a fire, according to data from Fire Prevention Services. Out of the...


Weekend rains result in flooding in campus buildings, bus

Nashwa Bawab and Zainab Calcuttawala November 2, 2015

Several University buildings and a UT shuttle bus experienced flooding after historic amounts of rainfall in Austin on Friday, according to UT spokeswoman Laurie Lentz. The National Weather Service...


UTPD encourages students to protect vehicles, belongings against theft

Zainab Calcuttawala October 27, 2015

Students should keep their cars completely empty when they park on campus to prevent car burglaries, according to UTPD officer William Pieper. Even seemingly mundane items, such as pieces of paper,...


FBI report: Violent crimes on UT campus remain low

Zainab Calcuttawala October 26, 2015

The amount of violent crimes on UT campus stayed about the same in 2014, whereas violent crimes in the Austin area rose by 15 percent, according to the FBI’s violent crimes report. Although the...


UTPD: Scammers use UT directory to target students

Zainab Calcuttawala October 19, 2015

Providing unrestricted public access to personal information on the UT Directory could make students susceptible to phone scammers, according to UTPD Officer William Pieper. In recent cases, phone scammers...


Text-to-911 to come to Austin in 2016

Zainab Calcuttawala October 13, 2015

Text-to-911 capabilities will be available in the Austin area as soon as June 2016, according to Gregg Obuch, director of emergency communications at the Capitol Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). When...


UTPD continues investigation of September vandalism of Malcolm X Lounge

Zainab Calcuttawala October 12, 2015

The University of Texas Police Department is investigating the vandalism of the Malcolm X Lounge, which occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 23, according to an email from lounge director David...


Increase in reported rapes attributed to efforts to support survivors

Zainab Calcuttawala October 8, 2015

UT saw a spike in reported instances of rape that involved a member of the University community and occurred either on or off campus during 2014, according to the University’s Annual Security Report. The...


UTPD: Campus police well-prepared for active shooter situations

Zainab Calcuttawala October 6, 2015

Campus police officers are regularly trained to neutralize active shooter situations, according to William Pieper, a University of Texas at Austin Police Department officer. Current UTPD officers are...


Alcohol-related arrests remain unchanged with alcohol sales at DKR

Akshay Mirchandani and Zainab Calcuttawala October 1, 2015

The number of alcohol-related arrests made during football games did not increase after alcohol sales began at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium this season, according to Lt. Amber Calvert, who is...


Students injured in stampede at ACL wristband sale

Zainab Calcuttawala September 30, 2015

A stampede of customers during ACL’s Student Day on Saturday led to the injury of college and high school students, according to UT students who attended the event. ACL hosts a sale annually to...


SG works expand alcohol amnesty policy to other substances

Zainab Calcuttawala September 24, 2015

New policies negotiated by Student Government and University administration will grant legal amnesty to students who dial 911 for emergency medical assistance in cases relating to the ingestion of any...


Following arrest, UT student accuses AISD PD officer of excessive force at football game

Zainab Calcuttawala September 21, 2015

A UT student is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 28 for a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest during the UT-Rice football game on Sept. 12. Alexander Cheng, an honors business and computer science...

Residential permit parking spots spread across Austin

Zainab Calcuttawala September 17, 2015

The Residential Permit Parking program, designed to keep UT students from parking along streets in the North Campus area, has been spreading quickly to other parts of Austin, according to the Austin Transportation...


UT Admissions does not screen prospective Longhorns for criminal histories

Zainab Calcuttawala September 14, 2015

UT does not perform criminal background checks on prospective undergraduate students as part of the admissions process, according to Joey Williams, interim communications director for the provost’s...


Pedestrian, cyclist collisions increase during first two weeks of school

Zainab Calcuttawala September 10, 2015

Collisions between pedestrians and cyclists increased during the past two weeks because students have been inattentive to their surroundings while walking and biking, according to UTPD. Four-way intersections...


UTPD files majority of drug-related charges in dorms, garages

Zainab Calcuttawala September 8, 2015

UT dormitories, parking garages and the Renaissance Market on Guadalupe Street are the most common places for drug-related charges on and near campus, according to the UTPD’s crime logs from the...

Austin-Travis County EMS faces staff shortages

Zainab Calcuttawala August 31, 2015

Austin-Travis Country Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) continues to struggle with increasing turnover for medical personnel, according to Anthony Marquardt, president of the Austin/Travis County EMS...


Code Department launches ‘Sad Couch’ campaign against illegal dumping

Zainab Calcuttawala August 27, 2015

Last week, the Austin Code Department started a Twitter campaign called “Sad Couch” to raise awareness about the illegal dumping of bulk waste on sidewalks and roads in West Campus. The...


UTPD hosts texting while driving simulation to spread awareness

Zainab Calcuttawala April 21, 2015

In an effort to demonstrate the risks associated with texting while driving, students tested their abilities to multitask behind the wheel in a simulation on campus sponsored by UTPD and Allstate’s...


Students host events to raise awareness about conditions in North Korea

Zainab Calcuttawala April 20, 2015

The UT chapter of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) urged students to send letters of solidarity to the North Korean people during its biannual day of awareness for the human rights violations occurring in...


UT researcher will explore crater linked to mass dinosaur extinction

Zainab Calcuttawala April 11, 2015

A UT associate professor will help lead an international team of researchers into the crater created by an asteroid linked to the extinction of the dinosaurs. The crater was created by an asteroid that...

Music therapy could reduce health effects of premature birth

Zainab Calcuttawala April 7, 2015

Music therapy could help prematurely born babies regain brain functionality and go home up to two weeks sooner after birth, saving more than $2,000 per day, according to a visiting professor. Music...


Bill calls for constitutional amendment to allow gambling on Native American lands in Texas

Zainab Calcuttawala April 6, 2015

In alliance with the Alabama-Coushatta and the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribes, state Reps. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and James White (R-Woodville) authored a resolution in March that would authorize...


Students protest UT’s merchandising deal because of labor rights concerns

Zainab Calcuttawala March 26, 2015

Students Against Sweatshops protested a new 10-year merchandising agreement between UT and 289c Apparel, which protesters allege has exhibited a pattern of labor violations in developing countries. Under...

Texas Archeological Research Laboratory holds 2,000 Native American remains

Zainab Calcuttawala March 26, 2015

The Texas Archeological Research Laboratory, which is on the UT campus, holds nearly 2,000 Native American human remains, according to Bryant Celestine, a representative from the Alabama-Coushatta tribe...


Panel discusses paying college athletes stipends

Zainab Calcuttawala March 24, 2015

Texas athletes-turned-lawmakers at a panel on Monday discussed the merits and challenges associated with paying student athletes a stipend for playing on university sports teams.  Although the...


Assistant instructors propose new method of teaching foreign languages

Zainab Calcuttawala March 12, 2015

Two Germanic studies assistant instructors have designed a “Dungeons and Dragons”-style course that will facilitate language learning. The course would have students role play the historical...


UT’s first LGBT-inclusive sorority aims to tackle queer social issues

Zainab Calcuttawala March 10, 2015

UT students established a campus colony of the national sorority Gamma Rho Lambda this semester — the first queer-focused and transsexual-inclusive women’s Greek society at the University,...

LGBT UT students face homelessness

Zainab Calcuttawala March 5, 2015

LGBT UT students face homelessness from familial rejection and employment discrimination because of the lack of antidiscrimination protections the state government offers, according to Ana Ixchel Rosal,...

UT signs agreement to form research partnership with Mexico

Zainab Calcuttawala February 26, 2015

UT and the National Autonomous University of Mexico signed an agreement that seeks to pursue research in areas of mutual interest and to facilitate the transfer of energy expertise between the schools,...


Q&A: Former senator Kay Bailey Hutchison discusses energy technology, future of oil in Mexico

Zainab Calcuttawala February 23, 2015

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison spoke at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on Friday during the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center’s Symposium on North American energy security,...


UT energy researchers will help discover new drilling opportunities in Mexico

Zainab Calcuttawala February 23, 2015

UT energy researchers and students will help discover new drilling opportunities in Mexico when the country opens up its industry to foreign investment in June, according to Jorge Piñon, interim...


Civil Rights lawyers warn of potential for backlash if same-sex marriage ban lifted

Zainab Calcuttawala February 16, 2015

During a panel discussion at the School of Law on Friday, civil rights lawyers warned of backlash if Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is lifted.    Lawyers from the American...


Entomology department to receive crowdfunding to develop photos of collection

Zainab Calcuttawala February 12, 2015

UT’s entomology department will receive funds to commission a collection of professional insect photographs.  The Department of Annual Giving has selected the entomology department to participate...


UPenn sociology professor predicts demise of capitalism by turn of the century

Zainab Calcuttawala February 9, 2015

Technological development and the weakening of the middle class will lead to the demise of capitalism by the year 2045, said Randall Collins, sociology professor at University of Pennsylvania. In...


Researchers create world’s thinnest transistor

Zainab Calcuttawala February 5, 2015

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering invented the world’s thinnest silicon transistors, which use less energy, generate less heat and pave the way for longer battery life and lighter...

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