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Resolution to block Syrian refugee assistance fails
December 2, 2015
UT continues System-wide sexual assault survey
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.
Investigation of Malcolm X Lounge vandalization continues
November 19, 2015
The Malcolm X Lounge’s administration is working with UTPD and the Campus Climate Response Team after it was vandalized in September, according to lounge director David McDonald Jr.
UHS to offer post-assault forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault
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 to tend to survivors on-campus, according to UHS director Jamie Shutter.
PTS to seek student authorization to relocate cars within campus
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 email sent out to the University Nov. 12 by the department.
APD increases presence near Wal-Mart following reports of car window shoot-ins
November 16, 2015
Longhorns studying abroad in Paris reflect on terror attacks
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 International Office said in a statement.
University cannot predict effects of Safe Campus Act on sexual assault investigations
November 16, 2015
University administrators cannot predict how the Safe Campus Act will affect the way the UT Title IX office will carry out sexual assault investigations if the act is implemented, according to UT spokeswoman Sara Lestrange.
Construction causes nearly half of fire alarm activations on campus
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.
UTPD reports increase in IRS phone scams
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 last week.
Testimony begins in Rashad Owens trial
November 2, 2015
Rashad Owens, a man accused of murdering four people and injuring 21 others at the South by Southwest Music Festival last year by drunkenly driving a car through crowds of people, stood for his first day of trial on Monday.
Most UT fire alarms result of 'malicious pulls'
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.
Weekend rains result in flooding in campus buildings, bus
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.
Flash flood warning issued for Travis County
October 30, 2015
The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm, flash flood and tornado warnings for Travis County Friday morning.
UTPD encourages students to protect vehicles, belongings against theft
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.
Austinites should expect sunny weather following rainy weekend, according to UT meteorologist
October 26, 2015
Austin residents should expect sunshine Monday morning and through the rest of the work week after a weekend of persistent rain, according to UT’s incident meteorologist Troy Kimmel.
FBI report: Violent crimes on UT campus remain low
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.
UTPD: Scammers use UT directory to target students
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.
Text-to-911 to come to Austin in 2016
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).
UTPD continues investigation of September vandalism of Malcolm X Lounge
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 McDonald.
Increase in reported rapes attributed to efforts to support survivors
October 8, 2015
UT saw a spike in reported instances of rape that involved a member of the University community and occurred either on campus during 2014, according to the University’s Annual Security Report.
UTPD: Campus police well-prepared for active shooter situations
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.
Alcohol-related arrests remain unchanged with alcohol sales at DKR
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 in charge of special events security for The University of Texas at Austin Police Department.
Students injured in stampede at ACL wristband sale
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.
$2,300 worth of UT property stolen this semester, according to UTPD
September 28, 2015
Portable electronics remain the most commonly stolen form of UT property this semester, according to University of Texas Police Department officer William Pieper.
SG works expand alcohol amnesty policy to other substances
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 illicit substances, according to SG Chief of Staff Taral Patel.
Following arrest, UT student accuses AISD PD officer of excessive force at football game
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 senior, has since accused the arresting officer of police brutality in a Facebook post that has since been deleted.
Residential permit parking spots spread across Austin
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 Department.
UT Admissions does not screen prospective Longhorns for criminal histories
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 office.
Pedestrian, cyclist collisions increase during first two weeks of school
September 9, 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.
UTPD files majority of drug-related charges in dorms, garages
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 past six months.
Austin-Travis County EMS faces staff shortages
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 Employee Association (ATCEMSEA).
Code Department launches 'Sad Couch' campaign against illegal dumping
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.
UTPD hosts texting while driving simulation to spread awareness
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 Reality Rides initiative.
Students host events to raise awareness about conditions in North Korea
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 North Korea.
UT researcher will explore crater linked to mass dinosaur extinction
April 11, 2015
The rock samples procured from the expedition will be used to further the study of the evolution of life on earth as well as the formation process of impact craters.
Music therapy could reduce health effects of premature birth
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.
Bill calls for constitutional amendment to allow gambling on Native American lands in Texas
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 gambling on all Native American lands.
Students protest UT’s merchandising deal because of labor rights concerns
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.
Texas Archeological Research Laboratory holds 2,000 Native American remains
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 of Texas.
Panel discusses paying college athletes stipends
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.
Assistant instructors propose new method of teaching foreign languages
March 12, 2015
Two Germanic studies assistant instructors have designed a “Dungeons and Dragons”-style role-playing course that will facilitate language learning.
UT’s first LGBT-inclusive sorority aims to tackle queer social issues
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, according to the organization’s leadership.
LGBT UT students face homelessness
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, director of Student Diversity Initiatives.
UT signs agreement to form research partnership with Mexico
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, according to Jorge Piñon, director of the UT Latin America and Caribbean Energy Program.
Q&A: Former senator Kay Bailey Hutchison discusses energy technology, future of oil in Mexico
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. After the event, Hutchison sat down with The Daily Texan for a Q&A.
UT energy researchers will help discover new drilling opportunities in Mexico
February 23, 2015
UT energy researchers and students might help discover new drilling opportunities in Mexico when the country opens up its industry to foreign investment in June, according to Jorge Piñon, interim director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy.
Civil Rights lawyers warn of potential for backlash if same-sex marriage ban lifted
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.
Entomology department to receive crowdfunding to develop photos of collection
February 12, 2015
UT’s entomology department will receive funds to commission a collection of professional insect photographs.
UPenn sociology professor predicts demise of capitalism by turn of the century
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.
Researchers create world's thinnest transistor
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 electronics.