Settlement with conservative free speech group forces University of Houston to keep amended anti-harassment policy
The conservative group Speech First argued that the anti-discrimination policy restricting “offensive speech about personal characteristics such race, ethnicity or gender” violates students’ First Amendment rights. The university agreed to keep its amended policy as part of a settlement.
“The most hated conservative college student in the state”: How a UNT student embroiled her campus in a culture war
Senior Kelly Neidert has repeatedly thrust the University of North Texas into the conservative media spotlight, most recently by bringing Texas House candidate Jeff Younger to campus. Her motive? It depends on who you ask.
Balancing the freedoms of speech and protest
In the fight for human rights, protest is unavoidable. Normally, protest is a way to call for the change we seek, but protests can do more harm than good if they begin to infringe upon other personal freedoms. When this happens, there are no right sides; the political beliefs one holds don’t matter if they...trinitonian.com
Digitized issues of The Ranger are available online
By Sergio MedinaSmedina104@student.alamo.eduThe journalism-photography program at this college, in conjunction with this college’s library and the University of North Texas, created a digital archive of issues from The Ranger that span from 1931-2010 and are accessible online to the public. The issues can be accessed on the library’s website, under the section labeled, “Use your library services.”Alternatively, the archive can be accessed here. “And we received a grant to send all of those old print issues — and they go back to 1931, up to 2010 — and we sent them all to the University of North Texas because they have a digitization center and scanned and digitized every single one of those print issues,” Oliver said. The Ranger was first published in the late 1920s, but copies of the first issues are not in the collections of the library or the journalism-photography program. “No one has to sign in to search The Ranger archives.”Oliver said one of the challenges about the project was collecting print issues that the library was missing.theranger.org
Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations
Texas Tech administrators said last month the university will host multiple in-person commencement ceremonies over a two-day period, as well as a virtual ceremony. At Texas Tech, students helped drive the effort to bring back in-person commencement. Lamar University and Texas Southern University are also planning in-person graduation ceremonies. Other universities plan to hold in-person commencement ceremonies throughout spring 2021 for those who graduated in spring 2020, depending on the status of the pandemic. Disclosure: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of North Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas universities are moving more classes online, but keeping tuition the same. Students are asking if it's worth the money.
Allie Goulding/The Texas TribuneSarah Ramos has spent her summer anxiously awaiting a fall return to Texas A&Ms campus at College Station. But while school will look different, the tuition rates for many of Texas largest universities, including UT-Austin, University of Houston, University of North Texas and Texas Tech, will stay the same. This summer, nearly all Texas universities went completely online and schools including UT-Austin and Baylor offered reduced tuition while several others waived fees for campus services like parking. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said that while around 80% of Texas Tech Universitys 1,000 fall courses will be online, tuition will not be decreased in the fall. Theres a misunderstanding that online classes are cheaper, Schovanec said.
Texas colleges expect larger online summer classes as students lose jobs, internships
College students suddenly finding more time on their hands with canceled jobs, internships and trips abroad are flocking to online summer classes at Texas institutions en masse. Summer enrollment on the riseThe University of Texas at Austin, which starts summer school Thursday, slashed the costs of summer classes, and students and parents have responded. The summer classes are usually offered at 85% of the regular cost of fall and spring semester classes. In the past, most institutions have offered both in-person and online summer classes. And while universities are seeing an increase in summer enrollment, some Texas community colleges are reporting drops in summer enrollment that paint an uncertain picture for fall.