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A sign encouraging healthy habits to prevent the spread of disease is posted at UT's student union.
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UT Austin students will have the choice of attending classes in person, taking them online or doing a combination when campus reopens in August, the university announced Monday. Residence halls, dining halls, student centers, the union and recreation centers will be open.  

"The Eyes of Texas" is dispayed at the University of Texas football stadium in 2018.
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"The Eyes of Texas" may be closing for good.

The school song of the University of Texas is under scrutiny – and it didn't just begin last week with social media posts by football players or a petition signed by thousands in the community. There have been decades of discomfort over the song, so a discussion about it is long overdue.

UT Austin's fall semester begins Aug. 26. People will be required to wear face coverings in campus buildings.
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UT Austin will require students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings in campus buildings this fall, interim President Jay Hartzell announced Monday.

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From Texas Standard:

While the effects of the pandemic have yet to be fully quantified, it's clear that communities of color have been among the hardest hit. At the same time, educational institutions are having to rethink the way they facilitate learning for their students. 

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Daniel Wrapp is in debt to a llama.

He's never met her, but the UT Austin grad student has his fingers crossed that one day he'll be able to personally thank the 4-year-old llama named Winter, an unlikely linchpin in the fight against COVID-19.

UT Austin President Greg Fenves speaks during a town hall meeting about sexual misconduct among UT faculty and staff in January.
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University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves is leaving the state’s flagship college for Emory University, where he will become president Aug. 1, he told the UT community in an email Tuesday. 

UT freshman Andrew Dareing moves his belongings out of the Jester-West dorm after campus shut down to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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Andrew Dareing is from Mertzon, Texas – a town with 743 people, where the only stoplight is a four-way blinking yellow light.

UT Austin President Greg Fenves
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UT Austin President Greg Fenves' wife, Carmel, has tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a letter sent to the UT community Friday.

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Three presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 were confirmed in Austin on Friday, city health officials said. The cases are the first confirmed in Central Texas.

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UT Austin is extending its spring break by one week in response to the coronavirus, UT President Greg Fenves announced Wednesday. Classes were originally scheduled to resume March 23, but will now resume March 30.

A student uses hand sanitizer on UT Austin campus
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UT Austin said Monday it's preparing to move all classes online if COVID-19 cases are confirmed in the Austin area. The university is also advising students on how to avoid spreading the disease and how to travel safely over spring break. 

Tower Girl is perched next to her nest, which holds three eggs.
UT Falcon Cam screengrab

Tower Girl, the peregrine falcon who’s made the UT tower home for a few years, has laid three eggs in her nest as of Sunday.

A Healthy Horns sign on preventing the spread of germs
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There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Austin, but if it happens, the University of Texas wants to be ready.

UT Austin students attend a town hall meeting on faculty sexual misconduct, in January.
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UT Austin is updating its sexual misconduct policies after months of campus protests.

Former UT Coach Michael Center Sentenced To 6 Months In Connection With Admissions Scandal

Feb 24, 2020
Michael Center exits the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin on March 12, 2019.
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Former University of Texas at Austin tennis coach Michael Center was sentenced Monday to six months in prison in a Boston federal court for his involvement in the nationwide admissions scandal that implicated more than 50 people, including celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

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A 3D atomic map could lead the way toward a vaccine for the 2019 novel coronavirus, researchers at UT Austin and the National Institutes of Health said Wednesday.

The tower at the University of Texas Austin
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Incoming UT Austin students will need to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against measles starting this fall, according to University Health Services.

The new requirement does not apply to students currently in classes or those enrolling this spring or summer. 

UT Austin students raise signs signifying their opposition to leadership answers during a town hall forum on faculty sexual misconduct at the university on Monday.
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UT Austin students urged university leadership to admit the school has failed them, during a town hall meeting Monday on faculty sexual misconduct.

A crowd marches through Austin streets on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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Marchers walked through Austin on Monday to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The civil rights leader fought against racial inequality through nonviolent resistance. He was assassinated in 1968.

The tower at the University of Texas Austin campus.
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Seventeen employees at the University of Texas at Austin, including three faculty members and one research fellow, were found to have violated the flagship's sexual misconduct policies between Nov. 2017 and Dec. 2019, according to a university document released Thursday.

Some low-income college students are among the 688,000 food stamp recipients projected to lose benefits as a result of a Trump administration rule announced Dec. 4.

UT Austin student Malik Julien in his kitchen at Town Lake Apartments.
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Malik Julien has a bedroom and bathroom all to himself. But that’s not what sold him on his apartment in the East Riverside neighborhood.

Three UT Austin students work on an anti-sexual misconduct poster.
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With the end of the fall semester looming, University of Texas at Austin administrators continue to face a burgeoning student protest movement over the return to the classroom of two professors punished for sexual misconduct policy violations.

Construction on Guadalupe Street in UT Austin's West Campus.
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The University of Texas is rising – or rather, buildings on West Campus are now allowed to go higher.

The Austin City Council voted Thursday to increase height limits on buildings and to eliminate the number of parking spots developers are required to create.

Matthew McConaughey with writer-director Harmony Korine and his spring 2018 UT Austin class
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Matthew McConaughey has been a visiting instructor at UT Austin for several years now, co-teaching with director Scott Rice. Starting this semester, McConaughey adds the title of professor of practice to his résumé. 

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The University of Texas Police Department is calling on city leaders to ban camping on public space near the Forty Acres.

Incoming UT freshman Cindy Munoz
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Cindy Muñoz sits in an auditorium on the UT Austin campus, watching a presentation on how to enroll for classes she’ll take when she begins her freshman year next month. 

UT Austin tower
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The University of Texas System Board of Regents voted Tuesday to offer full tuition assistance to more UT Austin students, adding $160 million to an endowment to help cover costs.

Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Researchers at UT Austin have designed a device that can measure both the electrical and mechanical pulses of the heart using a sensor so thin and stretchable they're calling it an "electronic tattoo."

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / The Texas Tribune

BOSTON — The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting a $100,000 bribe in the widespread college admissions bribery scheme and will cooperate with authorities.

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