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Abbott signs statewide ban on sanctuary cities into law
May 8, 2017
Gov. Greg Abbott removed the cap from his signing pen and placed his signature on the controversial bill that would ban sanctuary cities in Texas, officially making it state law.
Year in Review
May 4, 2017
Year in Review
Students express concerns over confusion surrounding classes, exams during on-campus stabbing
May 4, 2017
Minutes after four students were stabbed Monday afternoon on campus, many students still went to class and some took exams in the midst of confusion about the ongoing violence around them.
SG urges importance of mental health
May 3, 2017
UT Student Government members, in coordination with the University, are encouraging students to prioritize their health and safety despite concerns about exams and classes following the on-campus stabbing Monday.
House committee considers bills to stop workplace discrimination
May 2, 2017
Political beliefs, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression could be added to the list of characteristics protected from employment discrimination under bills considered Monday by a Texas House of Representatives committee.
Bill banning sanctuary cities in Texas passes in House, moves one step closer to becoming law
April 28, 2017
Senate Bill 4, which would prevent cities from creating “sanctuary” policies known to protect immigrants who are in the country illegally, passed in the Texas House of Representatives Thursday afternoon by a 93-54 vote along party lines.
Senate Bill 4 passed by House
April 27, 2017
The Texas House of Representatives passed an amendment to Senate Bill 4 by a 81-64 vote Wednesday, after more than five hours of debate and a private meeting held by House Democrats, that would revert language back to a broader version passed by the Senate.
House approves bill that would overturn Austin’s local ride-hailing ordinance, prompting return of Uber and Lyft
April 20, 2017
The Texas House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that would invalidate Austin’s local ride-hailing ordinance, a move that could potentially prompt Uber and Lyft to return.
Stop misusing Chilean flag emoji, pleads TX representative
April 19, 2017
A House committee addressed one legislator’s attempt to stop Texans from misrepresenting the state through incorrect emoji usage on social media during a hearing Tuesday.
Bill proposes tougher Title IX rules
April 12, 2017
At a time when several student organizations are working to encourage conversation about sexual violence, some fear a bill passed by the Senate would halt their progress.
House discusses proposed budget
April 7, 2017
After 15 hours, the Texas House of Representatives continued their debate over a proposed $218.15 billion budget, which was expected to last until the early hours of Friday morning.
House approves bill to provide more evidence testing for sexual assault cases
April 6, 2017
A bill aimed at ending delayed testing of DNA evidence related to rape and sexual assault cases received tentative approval Wednesday from the Texas House of Representatives.
House bill gives mental health equal coverage
April 5, 2017
Texans are one step closer to accessing more equal coverage for mental health care and substance abuse following the House of Representative’s approval of House Bill 10, which gives these costs the same priority as physical health expenses.
Senate committee passes bill to reduce costs associated with handgun licenses despite budget concerns
March 28, 2017
The state’s fees to obtain and renew handgun licenses are among the highest in the country, but a bill passed by the Senate on Monday seeks to reduce these costs.
UT may have to offer more student loan information
March 22, 2017
UT would be required to provide students who receive financial aid with information regarding estimates of the amount of student debt they might incur under a bill unanimously passed by the Senate Monday.
House committee hears bills proposing an increase in Texas minimum wage
March 21, 2017
Several bills proposing various plans to raise the minimum wage in Texas were heard by a House of Representatives committee Monday, but members did not vote on any of the bills.
Texas Legislature takes action on the first week post bill-filing deadline
March 19, 2017
On the first week following the bill filing deadline, legislators picked up the pace with the Senate approving 11 bills and the House of Representatives approving six.
Texas Senate gives initial approval to SB 6, awaits final vote before moving to House
March 14, 2017
The highly debated “bathroom bill,” officially known as Senate Bill 6, received a favorable vote of 21-10 on its second reading in the Senate on Tuesday.
UT students express opposition to “bathroom bill” passing out of committee
March 10, 2017
Public testimony during the Senate committee hearing for Senate Bill 6, also known as the “bathroom bill,” lasted approximately 12 hours with 90 percent of public witnesses testifying against the bill, which passed out of committee Tuesday.
Texas Legislature expected to speed up after tonight’s bill filing deadline
March 10, 2017
After months of bills being added to the pile of legislation senators and representatives intend to consider, the rising number will come to a halt today at 7 p.m.
Highly debated bathroom bill raises concerns about privacy and transgender rights
March 8, 2017
During the committee hearing for Senate Bill 6 Tuesday, transgender individuals used the bathroom according to the gender with which they identify, a situation which will not occur if the bill becomes law.
Bill proposes additional regulations for college land purchases
March 5, 2017
Texas public universities and colleges seeking to purchase land outside of areas surrounding their main campuses could face stricter requirements before proceeding.
Representative targets bills in weekly Facebook videos
March 3, 2017
State Representative Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, is taking a novel approach to derailing legislation he doesn’t like: Once a week, he castigates a bill with a Facebook video series titled “Bad Bill of the Week.”
Bills addressing Child Protective Services unanimously pass out of their chambers
March 2, 2017
Two House bills and a Senate bill that would change the way Child Protective Services operates in Texas unanimously passed out of their respective chambers Wednesday afternoon.
Three bills related to calling for a constitutional convention advance in Texas Legislature
March 1, 2017
Three bills related to granting states the ability to amend the U.S. Constitution moved one step closer to becoming a reality Tuesday afternoon.
Bill proposes limiting government regulations for ride-hailing services in Austin
February 23, 2017
Uber and Lyft might have the opportunity to return to Austin if a bill proposing restrictions on the city’s regulation of transportation network companies passes during this legislative session.
Austin Senator files legislation with aim to protect victims of sexual assault on campus
February 22, 2017
At UT Austin, nearly one in five female undergraduates reported being the victim of sexual assault by force or incapacitation and 5 percent of male undergraduates reported a similar experience, according to a UT Campus Assault Survey.
Legislators continue debates outside Capitol
February 17, 2017
Two Democratic and two Republican Texas lawmakers butted heads Thursday night over issues including sanctuary cities, school finance, the Rainy Day Fund and Child Protective Services.
Longhorns and Aggies unite at the Capitol to advocate for affordable education
February 15, 2017
Longhorns and Aggies set aside their differences Wednesday to lobby at the Capitol on behalf of their joint goal of sustaining affordable yet excellent higher education in the state.
UT students support public schools with hashtag
February 13, 2017
Several UT students posted the hashtag #ProudProductOfPublicSchools last week to show support for the Texas public school system, which faces potential changes in funding.
Straus assigns committees in Texas House
February 10, 2017
Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Joe Straus revealed committee assignments for the 85th legislative session Thursday morning.
More than 500 testify at public hearing on sanctuary cities
February 2, 2017
More than 500 people testified at the Texas State Capitol Thursday concerning a bill that would prevent cities from determining their own immigration policies.
McDonald Observatory could be affected by Senate budget cuts
February 2, 2017
UT’s McDonald Observatory, which is home to one of the largest telescopes in the world, is at risk of losing a large portion of its funding.
Education funding reforms named top priority by Texas Senate Finance Committee
January 29, 2017
Senate Finance week in review.
Tuition reform remains top priority despite low starting budget
January 24, 2017
Initiatives to cut costs for college students are a large component of several higher education bills filed this legislative session.
Rep. Hinojosa files three bills, outlines legislative agenda in press conference Thursday
January 20, 2017
Rep. Hinojosa’s first bills filed this session focus on college preparedness, gun safety and property rights.
Texas Legislature deliberates bills
January 19, 2017
Legislative experts explain the process of state bills becoming laws.
Texas Legislature plans to address important issues during 85th session
January 17, 2017
Texas legislators have filed more than 1,600 bills since the 85th session of the Texas Legislature began.
85th Texas Legislature convenes, faces tight budget
January 10, 2017
After a year and a half hiatus, the Texas Legislature convened Tuesday at noon to officially begin its 85th session.
SURE Walk remains in high demand
May 6, 2016
The number of SURE Walk users has remained high throughout the past month, following a 400 percent increase in requests for the service after the on-campus homicide.
Possible increase in on-campus lighting to be decided by end of summer
May 5, 2016
In response to a rise in complaints of inadequate lighting following a homicide on campus last month, University officials may increase the number of lights on campus.
Officer-involved shootings continue to increase in Austin, with fifth incident in 2016
May 3, 2016
A 29-year-old man was shot and killed by an Austin police officer in a South Austin Randall’s parking lot on April 22. The incident marked 2016’s fifth officer-involved shooting in Austin, contributing to this year’s slight increase in the number of shootings in the city over the past two years.
Reckless driving reports decrease on campus
April 28, 2016
Reckless driving offenses in the campus area have decreased slightly since 2013 but remain relatively low when compared with other driving-related violations such as drunken driving, according to data from the UT Police Department.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo reprimanded for response to David Joseph shooting
April 27, 2016
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo was reprimanded Tuesday by the Austin Police Association and City Manager Marc Ott for continuing to discuss the officer-involved shooting that occurred Feb. 8.
UTPD and APD officers address safety concerns at on-campus coalition meeting
April 26, 2016
The UT Police Department addressed safety concerns in collaboration with the Austin Police Department, Campus Safety & Security and other community agencies at a town hall meeting on campus Monday afternoon.
On-campus criminal trespassing rates see continuous increase in past several years
April 25, 2016
Criminal trespassing rates on University grounds have been on the rise throughout the past several years.
APD addresses concerns about homeless population in West Campus and on Guadalupe Street
April 20, 2016
Despite increased requests to relocate the homeless population in West Campus after dance freshman Haruka Weiser’s death, police have no specific policies to address the group in this area.
Students seek to add more call boxes to campus
April 18, 2016
Petitions written by UT students asking for an increase in on-campus emergency call boxes — blue-light telephones that automatically call the police — have circulated online following an on-campus homicide two weeks ago.
Increase in parking permits yield less citations
April 15, 2016
The number of parking citations issued on campus has decreased over the past several years simply because less drivers have failed to display permits, according to Bobby Stone, director of Parking and Transportation Services.
Services aim to prevent students from walking alone at night
April 14, 2016
Student-led initiatives encouraging walking with others at night gained more interest last week following a homicide on campus.
UTPD undergoes fourth accreditation assessment
April 11, 2016
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, an international authority that provides standards for law enforcement, is assessing the UT police department’s policies and operations this week.
Suspect arrested, charged with murder in connection to Waller Creek homicide
April 11, 2016
Police arrested suspect Meechaiel Criner in connection with the death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser on Thursday afternoon and formally filed murder charges on Friday.
APD formally files murder charges against suspect Meechaiel Criner
April 8, 2016
The Austin Police Department has formally filed charges of murder against suspect Meechaiel Criner, who is believed to be connected to the death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser.
APD arrests suspect in connection to homicide victim's death
April 8, 2016
The Austin Police Department announced they have arrested a suspect in custody in connection to the death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser.
APD seeks suspect after Waller Creek homicide victim identified
April 8, 2016
The Austin Police Department is seeking help from the UT community and the general public to help identify the suspect involved in the death of dance freshman Haruka Weiser.
Homicide victim identified as theatre and dance freshman
April 7, 2016
The victim of the homicide on the UT campus has been identified as theatre and dance freshman Haruka Weiser, according to an email from UT President Gregory Fenves.
New UTPD detective to contribute to University’s efforts to combat sexual assault
April 7, 2016
The University of Texas Police Department is increasing the size of its force and adding new positions to the department, including a sexual assault detective in the investigations unit.
UTPD responds to possible homicide in Waller Creek
April 6, 2016
The University of Texas Police Department is investigating a suspected homicide on campus after a dead body was found in Waller Creek, west of the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, on Tuesday morning.
UTPD, UHS respond to underage drinking
March 30, 2016
Underage drinking has historically been a problem on college campuses according to national data, but it is not an overwhelming problem at UT as a whole, although some individual instances are severe, UTPD Officer William Pieper said.
UT students in racially motivated assault appeal University disciplinary process
March 29, 2016
Cody Young felt the University wasn’t taking immediate disciplinary actions after being a victim of a racially motivated attack in West Campus.
More bike racks might help prevent illegal bike parking on campus
March 29, 2016
More bike racks will be added to campus following the completion of multiple construction projects including the Dell Medical School and the new mall on Speedway Avenue, said Jeremy Hernandez, bike coordinator for Parking and Transportation Services.
Recommendations could alter police use-of-force policies nationwide
March 25, 2016
New recommendations about police use of force could potentially change the way officers across the nation respond to violent situations, according to a recently published report by the Police Executive Research Forum, a national research and policy organization.
APD looks for suspects in rock-throwing incidents along I-35
March 23, 2016
The Greater Austin Crime Commission is offering a reward of $10,000 to anyone who can provide information about potential suspects in repeated instances of rocks being thrown at vehicles along Interstate 35, according to an Austin Police Department public information officer.
Increased police presence attempts to counteract high crime rates during SXSW
March 21, 2016
South By Southwest draws a huge influx of people to Austin each year, but the Austin Police Department also sees an increase in crime during this week of interactive, film and music events.
UT responds to use of counterfeit money
March 11, 2016
A UT staff member reported a counterfeit $20 bill to the UT police department while reviewing the cash register in the Jester Academic Center on March 2.
APD introduces new app with instant messaging feature to communicate with officers
March 9, 2016
A new app for the Austin Police Department now allows community members to interact with police and provide anonymous tips in non-emergency situations like theft, drug use and suspicious activity.
After increase in burglaries near campus, Dobie management warns students to be more diligent about locking doors
March 8, 2016
Four burglaries occurred on Feb. 26 at Dobie Twenty21, a private dorm near campus, according to the Austin Police Department.
University encourages students to network on campus to avoid extremism
March 4, 2016
Groups of violent extremists attempt to recruit teenagers and young adults who show signs of vulnerability, according to an interactive FBI website shared by the University of Texas Police Department on Facebook.
UTPD warns against performing skating tricks on campus
March 2, 2016
Skating to class is a popular form of transportation among students, but recent UTPD reports of criminal mischief involving skateboards warn students to only use their boards in permitted contexts.
Fischer loses House District 49 race to Hinojosa Tuesday night
March 2, 2016
Huey Rey Fischer, a self-identified progressive Democrat and candidate for state representative, lost the House District 49 race to Gina Hinojosa on Tuesday night.
Self-defense classes offered on campus this week help empower women
March 1, 2016
Students gathered at The University of Texas Police Department on Monday evening for the first class of a three-day course aimed at teaching women self-defense techniques and risk-reduction strategies.
Two men arrested in connection with racially motivated attack in West Campus
February 29, 2016
Police arrested two Caucasian men for allegedly throwing bottles and yelling racial slurs at a black UT student between Leon and West 25th Streets.
Vehicle-pedestrian collisions increase in Austin
February 26, 2016
Incidents involving pedestrians being hit by cars on the streets of Austin have increased within the past few years, according to the Austin Police Department.
Disregarding stop signs, other violations likely to result in citations for bikers
February 24, 2016
Disregarding stop signs is the most common bike violation on campus and results in the most citations for biking incidents per year, according to UTPD.
Tobacco Free UT program increases opportunities for students to report smoking incidents
February 23, 2016
Students now have the ability to anonymously report incidents of tobacco use through an updated Tobacco Free UT website.
Students file lawsuit against university for gender based descrimination
February 19, 2016
Two men, one recent UT graduate and a current student, have filed a lawsuit against the University after accusations of sexual assault, which they believe are unjustly based on their gender.
Fenves releases campus carry rules
February 18, 2016
UT President Gregory Fenves notified the University of his decision regarding the policies for campus carry legislation via email Wednesday morning.
Fenves releases decision on Campus Carry
February 17, 2016
President Gregory Fenves notified the University of his decision regarding the policies for campus carry legislation via email Wednesday morning.
UTPD addresses frequency of iPhone theft
February 17, 2016
A sense of security on campus along with convenience may encourage students to leave their belongings unattended, but UTPD officer William Pieper said theft on campus is a reality students should be prepared for — especially when it comes to iPhones.
Homeless population contributes to increase in West Campus K2-related arrests
February 16, 2016
An increase in incidents involving K2, an illegal drug also referred to as synthetic marijuana, has resulted in more West Campus arrests within the past few weeks, according to the University of Texas Police Department.
Austin community reflects on police brutality after David Joseph shooting
February 15, 2016
The national conversation surrounding police brutality and racism continued last week when a black officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in North Austin.
Scammers posing as University financial aid employees pose potential threat to students
February 15, 2016
The University of Texas Police Department confirmed a new scam intended to affect UT students in a public report Friday morning.
APD, social activists hold press conference following David Joseph’s death
February 12, 2016
Local activists joined with Austin police Chief Art Acevedo Thursday afternoon to reflect on the relationship between the city and its law enforcement agencies in the midst of nationwide discussions about police brutality.
Teenager shot to death by APD officer
February 10, 2016
A local teen was shot and killed Monday morning during a confrontation with an Austin Police Department officer.
Public directory information makes students more susceptible to potential scammers
February 8, 2016
Personal information available through the University’s online directory makes UT students prime targets for scam artists, according to UTPD police officers.
First case of Zika confirmed in Austin, disease continues to spread in U.S.
February 5, 2016
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department confirmed Austin’s first case of Zika virus Thursday evening.
Zika virus prompts travel safety precautions
February 4, 2016
Students considering a spring break trip to Mexico or the Caribbean are advised to take safety precautions against the Zika virus, a relatively new disease spread through mosquito bites.
Speedway construction will lead to new mall area on campus
February 2, 2016
Construction on Speedway, which began in October, is part of the University’s 2012 Campus Master Plan and will introduce a mall area on the east side of campus.
Lack of police officers delays response times, forces more overtime shifts
January 29, 2016
Austin police officers often delay action when responding to low-priority crimes around the city, such as petty theft, due to a lack of officers.
Cite and release policy in Austin to soon be enacted in other Texas counties
January 28, 2016
Some Texas counties are exploring the option of issuing tickets and scheduling court appearances instead of arresting for marijuana possession.
SURE Walk to add technology-based features to service
January 26, 2016
SURE Walk, a service that provides students with a companion for late-night walks home, is finalizing plans to create a more comfortable atmosphere on campus by integrating technology-based efforts into its system.
Victims of SXSW incident file lawsuit
January 25, 2016
Nearly two years after the South By Southwest incident, in which Rashad Owens killed four people and injured dozens while driving over the speed limit near the intersection of East 10th and Red River streets, two victims are now suing Owens, the city of Austin and SXSW.
Moody Bridge to be accessible Feb. 26
January 21, 2016
The Moody Bridge will soon be complete after months of construction come to a close.
Hoverboard use not allowed in residence halls, according to DHFS
January 19, 2016
The Division of Housing and Food Service has prohibited the use of hoverboards in residence halls and dining facilities, according to director of residence life Mylon Kirksy.
Crime continues while students enjoy winter break
January 19, 2016
Although most students were not on campus over winter break, UTPD reported at least one instance of crime each day.
Security expert gives overview of efforts in Middle East
December 4, 2015
According to national security expert Colin Kahl, previous attempts by both the Bush and Obama administrations to influence regime changes and send ground troops into the Middle East havebeen unsuccessful.
Spoken word poet retells life stories in performance
December 3, 2015
Sarah Kay, a poet who appeared on a TED talk at the 2011 conference and performed on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” presented a montage of her poems for students on campus Wednesday night.
Latina journalist honored for contributions to public radio
November 20, 2015
Maria Martin, NPR’s first Latino Affairs editor, expanded awareness of Latin-American experiences by covering events in Central America previously unreported by the media, according to a panel of journalists.
Students celebrate Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights
November 13, 2015
Students from various cultures and backgrounds participated in activities in celebration of Diwali, one of the largest Hindu festivals, at the Main Mall Thursday night.
WWII veteran reflects on military service
November 12, 2015
Frank Denius, World War II veteran and UT alumnus, discussed his experiences in the U.S. Army and his perspective on patriotism during a lecture honoring Veterans Day Wednesday afternoon.
UT Thanks Day raises awareness of donor contributions
November 6, 2015
Students visited Gregory Gym Plaza on Thursday to learn about university funding and sign a giant card thanking donors in honor of the sixth annual UT Thanks Day.
UT Journalism alumna discusses road to becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
November 5, 2015
Lisa Falkenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Houston Chronicle, said she encountered many failures as a beginning reporter such as misattributing a quote while working for The Daily Texan, but she said she learned from her mistakes and encouraged aspiring journalists to do the same.
Water Walk raises awareness of importance of clean water
October 30, 2015
A small group of UT students took a break from their normal routines of receiving clean water from accessible faucets and fountains Thursday evening to participate in a water walk hosted by Students for Clean Water.
Author Salman Rushdie speaks at keynote address for new Gabriel García Márquez archive
October 29, 2015
Salman Rushdie, author of the controversial “The Satanic Verses,” paid tribute to the late author Gabriel García Márquez in a keynote address Wednesday night to commemorate a new archive at the Harry Ransom Center dedicated to him.
"Not On My Campus" relaunches campaign to increase sexual assault awareness
October 23, 2015
Not On My Campus relaunched its campaign to increase awareness of sexual assault after receiving 2,000 signatures on an online pledge last spring.
Facilities Services works to clean up chalk vandalism on campus
October 21, 2015
Following Bevo XIV’s death, a chalk representation of the UT and Texas A&M mascots adorned the East Mall Fountain on Monday morning, accompanied by the words “R.I.P. Bevo” and “A&M lives on.”
Voices Against Violence hosts healthy relationships rally
October 16, 2015
Students navigated components of healthy relationships at a nautical-themed rally hosted by Voices Against Violence on Thursday afternoon.
Conflict expert analyzes honor systems in Afghanistan
October 12, 2015
The relationship between honor and violence in Afghanistan has oppressive consequences for women because of a strict emphasis on customary law, according to an expert on conflict mediation
Author discusses path to racial justice
October 9, 2015
Kiese Laymon, a black writer from the South, said racial justice addresses issues beyond Confederate monuments and symbolism within the U.S.
Israeli author shares experiences as a second-generation Holocaust survivor
October 8, 2015
Surviving the Holocaust put strains on parents’ relationships with their children, an Israeli author and playwright said during an on-campus lecture Wednesday night.
Potential immigration policies would negatively impact economy, according to immigration experts
October 2, 2015
Many of the immigration policies proposed by leading Republican presidential candidates would have a dampening effect on the economy if they became law, according to a panel of immigration experts who spoke at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Thursday.
Author’s research reveals lack of equity in school choice model
October 1, 2015
School choice programs aimed at resolving educational inequity do not produce equal benefits for all students, according to a speaker at an on-campus lecture Wednesday afternoon.
UT alumna, Taco Bell VP of digital innovation speaks about branding, dreaming big
September 25, 2015
UT alumna Tressie Lieberman spoke about her journey from advertising student to vice president of digital innovation and on demand for Taco Bell on Thursday night.
UT dining halls explore Mexican culture through food
September 18, 2015
More than 1,000 students explored Mexican culture through authentic meals, traditional games and a mariachi band Thursday night in both the J2 and Kinsolving dining halls.
UT, Texas A&M professors debate minimum wage increase
September 17, 2015
The national proposition to raise the minimum wage was the subject of a debate between a UT professor and a Texas A&M professor in front of a student-dominated audience Wednesday.
UT researcher finds American women balance work, life differently than European counterparts
August 28, 2015
American women rely on government support less than women in European countries, according to a recent study of working mothers in four countries.