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After a semester, UTPD restructure increases community engagement, improves recruitment
December 5, 2019
A semester after the UT Police Department restructured their divisions to improve community engagement through policing practices, UTPD Chief David Carter said the changes are working well.
Student organizers planning forum in spring 2020 to discuss University sexual misconduct policies, violations
December 3, 2019
Student-led forum is set for next semester with UT President Gregory Fenves and Provost Maurie McInnis in attendance.
Bedbugs not found in University Teaching Center after more reports made
December 2, 2019
Despite reports of a second bedbug sighting in the University Teaching Center, the University’s pest control team said they have not found any more bedbugs in room 2.102A.
UTPD increase community outreach through public active shooter prevention classes
November 25, 2019
As the semester draws to a close, the UT Police Department is scheduled to host two more requested active shooter response trainings, which are likely to be the final classes on top of the 21 presented so far this semester.
UT suspends spring 2020 Hong Kong study abroad programs after evacuating students amid protests
November 20, 2019
When student protests at The Chinese University of Hong Kong became violent on Nov. 11, UT and other universities with exchange programs began to evacuate their study abroad students.
Faculty Council committee creates official definition of plagiarism
November 19, 2019
Plagiarism: Every professor warns their students to avoid it, but until last week, UT had not officially defined what plagiarism is.
University Panhellenic Council sororities increase diversity awareness through new initiatives
November 15, 2019
University Panhellenic Council sororities have increased initiatives to support minorities during the past year.
Gender and Sexuality Center creates emergency fund for students in crisis
November 14, 2019
Students who need help covering medical expenses, electric bills or next week’s groceries will be able to apply for the Gender and Sexuality Center’s new crisis fund.
College of Liberal Arts committee launches project to support minority students and faculty
November 13, 2019
The College of Liberal Arts’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee created a new initiative to support students and faculty in minority communities and retain faculty of color at the University.
Man arrested for making terroristic threats toward School of Social Work
November 7, 2019
The UT Police Department arrested a man Thursday for making terroristic threats against the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, according to a campuswide email UTPD sent Thursday night.
Donald Trump to nominate University of Texas cancer center executive for FDA commissioner
November 5, 2019
President Donald Trump announced Friday his intent to nominate an executive at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as the 24th commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, according to the White House website.
University Title IX office reviewing plans for Senate Bill 212 enforcement
November 4, 2019
Students, staff and faculty are working toward improving the University’s Title IX policies to better inform the University community about Senate Bill 212 and further support survivors.
UT Police Oversight Committee to address homelessness, SB 18
October 31, 2019
The UT Police Oversight Committee has not met since February, but University officials are planning for the committee to meet soon and be more “hands-on” in overseeing the UT Police Department this school year.
UT recommends four-year suspension for Pi Kappa Phi fraternity for hazing violations
October 31, 2019
UT’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity chapter hazed pledges by forcing them to eat soup laced with ghost pepper and cat food, according to a recent University investigation.
Task force teams, electronic security system introduced for UT home football games
October 24, 2019
Students who attended Saturday’s football game against the University of Kansas may have seen new measures designed to increase entrance efficiency and safety at home games.
Bedbugs in University Teaching Center treated, room set to re-open
October 23, 2019
Starting in mid-September, Brianna Gonzalez said she had a weird, itchy red rash that would come and go that she could not explain, as she had not had any allergies before or switched skin care products.
Texas Supreme Court dismisses negligence case against UT, rules cyclist a trespasser
October 21, 2019
Non-University affiliates can be considered trespassers if they engage in recreational activities on University property, according to a Texas Supreme Court opinion issued Friday.
Campus drug violation arrests increase, alcohol violation arrests decrease since 2016, according to Clery report
October 18, 2019
Arrests for drug abuse violations on campus have increased over the past three years while arrests for liquor law violations have decreased over that time, according to the 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
UTPD to participate in transgender awareness training
October 17, 2019
The UT Police Department will participate in transgender awareness training to educate officers on proper LGBTQIA+ vocabulary, hate crime and gender marker laws and how to respect gender identities.
International students targeted by scam calls
October 10, 2019
An international student paid a scam caller a substantial sum of money after they were threatened with arrest and deportation, according to the UT Police Department Sept. 30 Campus Watch report. The student filed a report with UTPD after paying.
UTPD encourages students, staff to use anonymous tip reporting
October 9, 2019
Anyone on campus can send anonymous tips to the UT Police Department. It is up to UTPD detectives to decide what to do next.
Students working to bring English tutoring program for employees to UT
October 9, 2019
After seeing a tweet calling for UCLA students to apply to become an English as a Second Language tutor for university employees, economics sophomore Madelin Chavez became inspired to start a similar program at UT.
Austin City Council appoints national police forum to perform external audit of Austin Police’s sexual assault cases
October 3, 2019
The Austin Police Department will meet this month with an external evaluator to perform an audit of the department’s sexual assault cases over the past seven years.
Safety organizations work to provide free Stop the Bleed, AED training to 10,000 students by 2022
October 2, 2019
The Campus Safety office created a goal in 2017 to provide free hemorrhage control and automated external defibrillator (AED) training to 10,000 students by 2022. To reach that goal, the office is working to offer free AED training and has been offering free Stop the Bleed classes through the Dell Medical School to students, staff and faculty.
New student safety organization, Horns for Safety, hosts first meeting
September 30, 2019
A new student safety organization plans to put locks on every door and direct Austin City Council’s 2020 budget toward student safety.
More details of Texas Cowboys’ 2018 fall retreat released by Dean of Students, third party investigations
September 30, 2019
Documents recently released by the Dean of Students and a third party investigator show more details about reports of hazing at a Texas Cowboys’ 2018 fall retreat, including consumption of large amounts of alcohol and food, being hit with a wooden stick and biting the head off of a live hamster.
University Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan safety items still in progress
September 25, 2019
A student campus climate survey and improved safety measures at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus are some of the things students should see in the coming semesters as a result of the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.
Vice President for Research launches Good Systems Grand Challenge
September 24, 2019
Good Systems, the third grand challenge in the Bridging Barriers initiative, was launched in a campus-wide email Friday by Daniel Jaffe, the vice president for research for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Austin Fire responds to fire near 7-Eleven on MLK Boulevard
September 23, 2019
The Austin Fire Department responded to a fire near the 7-Eleven gas station at the intersection of Guadalupe Street and MLK Boulevard on Monday evening, according to a tweet by AFD.
Texas Athletics updates football game day safety before OSU game
September 19, 2019
Texas Athletics will implement new football game day protocols to make student entry and seating safer for the upcoming Texas vs. Oklahoma State University game Saturday.
UT Police interest-based district representatives created to help campus groups
September 17, 2019
The UT Police Department has introduced a LGBTQIA+ liaison, athletic liaisons and a military and veterans liaison to act as points of contact between law enforcement, students and employees in these groups.
Emergency Preparedness promotes UT Ready campaign with new resources this semester
September 17, 2019
Emergency kit giveaways and emergency preparedness pocket guides are a few of the resources Emergency Preparedness is distributing this semester as part of their new UT Ready campaign.
Former UT law facilities director defrauded UT out of roughly $1.56 million, memo says
September 15, 2019
The former Texas Law facilities director defrauded the law school of rougly $1.56 million, according to a memorandum sent Friday to UT President Gregory Fenves.
UT School of Social Work develops community guide for engaging sexual assault survivors
September 11, 2019
A new community guide published last week aims to improve the way survivors are reengaged in their cases after their sexual assault kits have been tested.
UTPD hosts first active shooter response class of semester
September 9, 2019
The UT Police Department hosted its first open-to-all Civilian Response to Active Shooter class Monday afternoon in the Avaya Auditorium in the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Building.
Woman sues University for negligence after breaking ankle on campus
September 9, 2019
A woman is suing the University after breaking her ankle on a step concealed by a mat at the Flawn Academic Center in 2017. She is claiming UT knowingly allowed the step to present danger to students, staff and visitors.
Austin Police District representatives help protect students off-campus
September 6, 2019
The Austin Police Department works to help off-campus students with nonemergency issues and safety concerns through its district representatives and events like Coffee with a Cop.
UT Police Department partners with School of Social Work to research campus policing
September 5, 2019
The UT Police Department and Steve Hicks School of Social Work are partnering to examine the challenges of policing campus, protecting UT students and improving the utilization of UTPD’s resources.
UT police chief diagnosed with lung cancer, continues to reform campus policing
September 4, 2019
A diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer unrelated to smoking has not stopped UT Police Chief David Carter from continuing to push for campus policing reform.
Students concerned about new Title IX policy effective January 2020
September 4, 2019
Beginning Jan. 1, state law will require public and private colleges to enforce mandatory employee reporting of Title IX violations to the Title IX Office or employees will face criminal offenses and employment termination.
UT Police Chief asks City of Austin to prohibit camping around campus
August 29, 2019
UT Police Department Chief David Carter asked Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council to consider prohibiting camping along the perimeter of UT’s main campus and into West Campus in a press conference held Thursday.
Austin Police investigating robbery at Dobie Target
August 28, 2019
The Austin Police Department and the UT Police Department responded to a report of a robbery at the Target near Dobie Center on Guadalupe Street, according to a campus-wide text alert.
UT offers new programs, resources to first-gen students
August 28, 2019
For incoming first-generation students, UT’s campus may seem daunting, but offices, organizations and current first-generation students across campus are collaborating with a hope to make the college transition a little easier for them.
UTPD makes safety changes before fall semester
August 26, 2019
To help ensure the safety of more than 50,000 students and staff coming to campus this fall, the UT Police Department is providing several new resources to increase safety efforts.
DNA analyst in Haruka Weiser's murder case resigns over inaccurate testimony
August 23, 2019
A forensic scientist who analyzed DNA in UT dance freshman Haruka Weiser’s case has resigned after an investigation by the Texas Forensics Science Commission found she gave incorrect testimony during the pretrial hearings of the person convicted of killing Weiser, Meechaiel Criner.
Free speech nonprofit appeals dismissal of lawsuit against University
August 21, 2019
Free speech advocacy nonprofit Speech First Inc. is appealing a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit the group filed against the University which claimed it violated students’ rights to free speech on campus.
Sophomore receives Caitlyn Jenner Foundation scholarship after losing military scholarship
July 1, 2019
Days before Pride Month ended, television personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner surprised Map Pesqueira, a student who identifies as a transgender man, with a $25,000 scholarship on national television.
University of Texas freshman pronounced dead, medical examiner confirms
May 17, 2019
Jason Beall, a petroleum engineering freshman, died Thursday, UT spokesperson J.B. Bird confirmed in an email.
UTPD to host active shooter response training for students, staff
May 9, 2019
The class, Civilian Response to Active Shooter, uses the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University, which is becoming the national standard for officer training, UTPD Captain Chris Bonnet said.
Harrison Brown’s mother sues Kendrex White, his family, doctors, claiming negligence
May 7, 2019
The lawsuit states red flags White was displaying in the months before Harrison’s death, which include telling people he was Jesus Christ, believing people were trying to kill him and that the world was not real, having hallucinations and hearing voices.
UT arguing in Texas Supreme Court to make cyclists trespassers on all government-owned land
May 6, 2019
Non-University affiliated hikers and bikers injured on UT property would be considered trespassers and unable to sue for damages if UT wins a Texas Supreme Court case.
First generation student reflects on college experience in wake of admissions scandal
May 5, 2019
The summer before Nick Harris’ senior year of high school, his family was thrown into shambles when his father was murdered in his home.
First generation student talks financial aid, college admission scandal
May 5, 2019
As a first-generation college student, government sophomore Evelyn Garcia said she is angered that while she “kicked her own butt” to get into UT, a student was able to pay his way in.
University of Texas police investigating indecent exposure at Pickle Research Campus
May 3, 2019
The woman who called UTPD said a man approached her asking for directions in the circle drive off the Mopac frontage road. As they were speaking, she said the man exposed himself, to which she responded by calling 911 immediately.
UT Police investigating criminal mischief after smoke device set off outside a YCT event Monday evening
May 1, 2019
The University released a statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the incident, saying the disruption of the speaker violates University rules and goes against free speech values. UTPD encourages anyone with more information to call 512-471-4441, ext. 9.
New resources for first generation college students launching this summer
April 30, 2019
Launched as a collaboration between New Student Services and the First-Generation Commitment Working Group, this 50 minute session will be offered at the beginning of each three-day orientation session.
UTPD safety survey shows students generally feel safe on campus
April 29, 2019
The results are in — 78% of UT’s population feel “safe and secure” on campus, according to results released last week from a routine safety survey conducted in March by the UT Police Department.
First-generation siblings help each other attend UT
April 24, 2019
For first-generation college students Titus Rucker and Camille Proffer being accepted to UT helped them realize they could do more with their lives than they once thought, the siblings said.
Four UT-Austin students sue university, claiming Title IX, constitutional rights violations
April 21, 2019
Four undergraduate male students are suing the University, saying they were unfairly disciplined for actions they committed as pledges in an unnamed fraternity last fall, according to a lawsuit filed in early April.
UT Police Department arrests suspect in Guadalupe Street robbery
April 19, 2019
The UT Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at 2354 Guadalupe Street — the address of Shoe Palace, an athletic footwear and apparel retail chain — at 10:11 a.m. Friday, according to a campus-wide email and text alert.
UT freshman loses military scholarship because he is transgender
April 16, 2019
Map Pesqueira said he came to UT to pursue his dream of becoming a filmmaker and serving in the army. He was awarded a national three-year Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship to help fund his studies.
Differences in undergraduate tuition leave some students wanting more bang for their buck
April 10, 2019
Undergraduate students enrolled in McCombs School of Business, which has the highest tuition rate of the UT undergraduate colleges, pay about $750 and $2,600 more per semester for in-state and out-of-state tuition, respectively, than those enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, which has the lowest tuition rate.
Friends, campus advocates upset that UT's annual 40 for Forty campaign landed on anniversary of on-campus death of Haruka Weiser
April 7, 2019
For Emma Huff, fundraising with UT’s annual 40 Hours for the Forty Acres campaign Wednesday was not the priority. Instead, Huff, a theatre-dance performance and business senior, was remembering her friend Haruka Weiser on the third anniversary of her death.
UTPD has not hosted one self defense class for men in more than five years
April 4, 2019
While the UT Police Department has offered scheduled Rape Aggression Defense classes for women twice a semester since 2001, RAD classes for men are only available upon request. There have only been two classes taught since UTPD began offering RAD for men in 2012.
Reports of students drugged at UT’s Roundup surface in open letter
April 3, 2019
The Not On My Campus executive board released the letter to highlight three reports made by students stating their drinks were drugged at Roundup parties but were not sexually assaulted, Not On My Campus president Rylee Trotter said.
Family of cyclist killed in Capital Metro bus collision sues driver, driver’s employers
March 31, 2019
The family of the cyclist killed in January on San Jacinto Boulevard is suing the Capital Metro bus driver charged with the man’s death and her employers.
Student athletes find balance between sport and school
March 28, 2019
Dropping an entire semester of classes for an organization may seem unthinkable, but corporate communication sophomore Savannah Madden was forced to do exactly that her freshman year. She said her professors had strict attendance policies and would not work with her having to miss class because she played UT women’s soccer.
You can now order 115-page yearbooks full of friendly squirrels that roam the University of Texas campus
March 27, 2019
Currently, the Kickstarter has raised $5,160 with 122 donors and has four days left, so students can still order yearbooks there.
UT aims to improve employee health through new initiatives
March 14, 2019
Several new health initiatives targeting University employees are becoming available this academic year, including the first mini-gym and a pilot program for colon cancer screenings.
CapMetro bus driver arrested, charged with manslaughter in fatal crash with cyclist on campus
March 13, 2019
UT Police Department detectives arrested the Capital Metro bus driver who fatally struck a cyclist in January on a charge of manslaughter, said UTPD Chief David Carter at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
On-campus University Methodist Church dissents to larger denomination’s restriction on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage
March 3, 2019
The on-campus University United Methodist Church said they will not go along with the national denomination’s recent vote to uphold the ban on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage within the church.
UTPD looks to increase sexual assault reporting through survivor feedback in collaboration with Travis County agencies
February 28, 2019
The UT Police Department is updating its sexual assault investigation practices through the Interagency Sexual Assault Team. UTPD Chief David Carter, an executive board member of the team, helped present for the team at the Public Safety Commission meeting on Feb. 4 to update the public on the team’s progress.
Judge rules for UT graduate in legal battle against University about revoking Ph.D.
February 28, 2019
After many legal proceedings over a span of five years, District Judge Karin Crump ruled Feb. 11 the University does not have the authority to revoke a UT graduate’s degree.
University of Texas' plan for campus transportation still in the works
February 20, 2019
After tearing ligaments in both of her legs while in club team gymnastics her freshman year, journalism junior Bailey Abramowitz has been in and out of using medical walking boots, crutches and wheelchairs to navigate campus.
West Campus lighting to improve, according to city of Austin memo
February 15, 2019
Kathie Tovo, District 9 council member, whose district includes West Campus, said lighting was an area Student Government representatives and others consistently said needs improvement. Tovo, whose district includes west campus said a thorough study was necessary to pinpoint all issues.
UT senior, sexual assault survivor opens up about rape, lawsuit against Austin police
February 14, 2019
Content warning: This article has a source that goes into intimate detail of a sexual assault she encountered.
UTPD responds to disturbance at Texas Union Building
February 12, 2019
The UT Police Department arrested a man at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe streets after responding to a report of a man yelling threats in the Texas Union Building at 11:15 p.m. Monday night, according to a campus-wide email.
SafeHorns wins $20,000, plans to invest in safety
February 10, 2019
After winning $20,000 from Tiff’s Treats’ charity contest, safety advocacy non-profit SafeHorns plans to use the money to implement a safety patrol in West Campus.
New training aims to aid student organizations in becoming more disability friendly
February 7, 2019
Kate Strickland’s life changed in an instant six weeks into her freshman year at UT in the fall of 2013, when she was hit by a car while riding her bike.
UT-Austin student Mark Sands dies after car and scooter crash
February 5, 2019
UT student Mark Sands died Saturday afternoon after the Lime scooter he was riding collided with an Uber vehicle early Friday morning, according to the Austin Police Department.
Survivors, advocates voice support for sexual assault legislation
February 5, 2019
Sexual assault survivors and advocates gathered with state legislators Monday morning at the Texas State Capitol to share their experiences with sexual assault and express support for sexual assault legislation being introduced this session.
UT Police review own sexual assault cases in light of DPS audit regarding APD
January 30, 2019
The UT Police Department initiated their own internal review of University sexual assault cases after learning of a Texas Department of Public Safety audit reviewing Austin Police Department’s sexual assault cases.
Cyclist killed in collision with CapMetro near University of Texas’ Royal-Memorial Stadium
January 30, 2019
The man dead was pronounced dead by Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services after responding to a report of a person trapped under a CapMetro bus at the corner of San Jacinto Boulevard and East 23rd Street, according to two of their tweets Monday.
University creates Victims Advocate Network, a new safety program by employees, for employees
January 30, 2019
The Victims Advocate Network is a group of specially-trained UT staff volunteers who work with the UT Police Department to respond to calls from distressed faculty who have been victims of crime or bystanders in an incident.
Longhorn EMS submits second proposal to University, aims to save lives on campus
January 29, 2019
Students may see the establishment of Longhorn Emergency Medical Services as a campus first response organization.
University of Texas police pronounce man dead on scene after being hit by CapMetro bus near DKR
January 28, 2019
A spokesperson for UT Police Department said UTPD confirmed the man’s death and is responding to the incident, but has no further information at this time. It is unknown if the man was affiliated with UT.
Austin Police respond to report of an armed robbery at Dobie Target
January 25, 2019
The Austin Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Dobie Target, located at 2025 Guadalupe Street, at 7:46 a.m., according to a University-wide alert by the UT Police Department.
SURE Ride gets a makeover: Students hope to see expansion of renamed UT Night Rides program
January 22, 2019
While the program now goes by a new name, nothing about its operation has changed. Sponsored by the University in partnership with Lyft, UT Night Rides provides free rides for students between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. from main campus to designated student residential areas.
University of Texas McCombs graduate one of 14 killed in terrorist attack in Kenya
January 16, 2019
Jason Spindler, a Houston native, graduated from UT in 2000 after studying economics and finance, according to his LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. He was the co-founder and managing director of I-Dev International, a company that helps build businesses globally, and had lived in Nairobi for the past three years, according to his Facebook profile.
Austin police investigating reported robbery in West Campus
January 15, 2019
The person, unaffiliated with UT-Austin, reported four to five people broke into a residence and robbed him.
Students petition Whole Foods and McDonald’s for meat sourcing
December 6, 2018
While many Austin residents recognize Whole Foods Market as an environmentally friendly grocery chain, a group of UT students is asking the store to stop what they call environmentally destructive practices.
Students affected by sleep deprivation culture
December 3, 2018
Fatigue, memory loss and irritability are symptoms experienced by many college students while they suffer from what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared a “public health crisis” — sleep deprivation.
New student-run bicycle coffee company to open next semester
November 25, 2018
Students can be on the lookout for a mobile coffee shop mounted on a bicycle selling cold brew coffee next semester.
Dr. Sonia Feigenbaum appointed to new global engagement position
November 14, 2018
A new senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer has been appointed to oversee the International Office and strengthen UT’s global presence on and off campus.
Chemical engineers win first place in jeopardy
November 8, 2018
Winning first place in an international chemical engineering jeopardy competition may be unimaginable to some, but for four UT chemical engineering seniors, it became a reality.
Student volunteer groups can fundraise while sorting trash
November 2, 2018
Student organizations can fundraise by partnering with the Sustainability Sort Squad to sort trash on Sundays after football games.
Longhorn Halloween brings together families, organizations
October 28, 2018
Princesses, Harry Potter characters and superheroes came together Saturday to eat candy and experience activities provided by more than 60 organizations at Longhorn Halloween.
Students struggle with insurance, paying for healthcare
October 24, 2018
University Health Services offers options for students regardless of whether or not their insurance is accepted by UHS or if they do not have insurance at all.
'I don’t really have an option': Castilian residents experience elevators getting stuck, plummeting
October 23, 2018
Students regularly encountered out-of-order signs, and some were even stuck inside elevators that stalled or fell several floors.
‘Ugly’ produce delivery service launches in Austin
October 21, 2018
‘Ugly’ produce is now available for delivery to students’ doorsteps with a food subscription service’s recent expansion into Austin.
Students confused, intimidated by UHS services
October 11, 2018
Confusion, intimidation, ignorance — these emotions are often felt by freshmen who have never scheduled their own doctor’s appointment or filled out medical forms.
Texas Señoritas deliver feminine hygiene products to women’s shelter
October 2, 2018
Texas Señoritas, also known as the Sigma Lambda Alpha sorority, held their ¡Viva La Mujer! donation drive throughout September to collect feminine products, other toiletries and monetary donations.
Ismaili Muslim Student Association fundraises by selling handmade Pakistani bags
September 24, 2018
Intricately woven designs of gold, red, green and blue caught the eyes of many students on Monday as they passed the booth filled with handmade bags, pencil holders and key chains sewn by women from Hunza Valley, Pakistan.
UT student organizations join forces to welcome undocumented students
September 11, 2018
Students flocked to the Multicultural Engagement Center Monday evening for Campus CommUNITY, an event geared toward helping undocumented students find a safe space as well as professional and academic resources on campus.