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UTSA to continue requiring mandatory reporting despite Title IX changes

The North Paseo Building (center, back) holds the Title IX office on the fourth floor. UTSA will continue using mandatory reporters even though it is no longer federally required.

Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 27, 2020

The Department of Education officially rescinded the Obama administration’s Title IX policy, known as “The Dear Colleague Letter,” and released a series of Title IX regulation changes, marking the end of federally mandated mandatory reporting. Despite the changes, Krista Anderson, the UT Systemw...

Despite record-breaking enrollment, UTSA will remain ‘conservative’ in its budget process

The entrance to the John Peace Library. UTSA enrollment has reached its highest point with 34,742 enrolled students.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 23, 2020

Enrollment has reached a record high in the Fall 2020 semester at UTSA with 34,742 total students, 77% of the 2028 goal for 45,000 enrolled students. UTSA is also inching closer to several other institutional goals, including improving first-year retention and four-year graduation rates and increasing...

Revamped COVID-19 dashboard includes positivity rate, breakdown of different testing groups

A screenshot of the summary of all COVID-19 testing at UTSA on the university's COVID-19 dashboard. This information is from Oct. 15.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 16, 2020

UTSA recently revamped their COVID-19 dashboard to now include more information about positivity rates, athletic testing, the proactive testing program, symptomatic testing and isolation and quarantine in UTSA-owned housing. Out of 3,996 total administered tests to students, faculty and staff, 31 have retu...

Nearly 1,000 freshmen admitted into inaugural Bold Promise class

A sign advertising the Bold Promise program at UTSA's announcement ceremony at the Westside Community Center in December 2019. 72% of Bold Promise recipients are first-generation college students.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 13, 2020

The Bold Promise program welcomed around 950 students in its first class of freshmen this fall, over 78% of whom identify as Latino or Hispanic. The last-dollar scholarship program provides four years of full tuition and fees for admitted freshmen who rank in the top 25% of their graduating high schoo...

UTSA takes measures for safe early voting on campus, which starts on Oct. 13

A sign with information about where to vote and how long the early voting period will last. UTSA will be hosting early voting and Election Day voting in the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom.

Jada Thomas, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2020

This year, UTSA is changing the way citizens of San Antonio vote on UTSA’s campus in the middle of a global pandemic. The university has moved voting to the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom, which is bigger than previous locations, for both early voting, beginning on Oct. 13 and ending on Oct. 30, and ...

How the federal Title IX rule changes impact the UTSA community

The Main Building at UTSA's Main Campus.

Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 6, 2020

A series of major Title IX and sexual misconduct policy changes were approved by the UT-System Board of Regents to remain in compliance with federal Title IX modifications on Aug. 12. The main four Title IX policy changes were narrowing the definition of sexual harassment, minimizing Title IX obligations,...

Laurel Village and Chaparral Village residents can be retested for COVID-19 at no cost

One of the COVID-19 testing centers is in the Paseo. Residents in university housing can be tested more than once at no cost.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 6, 2020

Students living in Laurel Village and Chaparral Village are now allowed to be tested more than once for COVID-19 at no cost, according to an email from Housing and Residence Life (HRL). 17 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 24, although it is unclear how many, if any, of those stud...

Anonymous attackers infiltrate Black Student Union meeting with racial slurs and racist music

The executive board of the Black Student Union at the Eilan.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 25, 2020

Editor's Note: This story makes reference to a derogatory racial slur. Members of the Black Student Union (BSU), a student organization whose mission is to build connections among students of the Black diaspora, were inundated with racial slurs and racist music during a general meeting for the org...

Local philanthropist donates $3 million to UTSA for new Career Advancement Center

Photo by Robyn Castro

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 22, 2020

Harvey E. Najim, a local philanthropist and entrepreneur, has donated $3 million to UTSA to launch the Harvey E. Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center. The Career Advancement Center will focus on connecting students to career opportunities and is part of UTSA’s Classroom to Career initiative....

Student Government Association allocates $9,000 to support Roadrunner Pantry

A sign in front of the Roadrunner Pantry describes how students can utilize the food pantry. The Student Government Association's $9,000 allocation will allow them to buy items to donate to the pantry in the coming months.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

In their latest general assembly, The Student Government Association (SGA) allocated $9,000 of their nearly $50,000 annual budget to supporting the Roadrunner Pantry. The funds will be used to purchase and donate items to the food pantry throughout the semester.  The $9,000 allocation represents 19% of SGA...

Over 1,500 COVID-19 tests administered on campus, only seven students test positive

Photo by Robyn Castro

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

As of Sept. 14, 1,548 COVID-19 tests have been administered on campus by Student Health Services and other UTSA health partners. Approximately 2,300 students are currently living in on-campus housing, and only seven students have reported positive tests as of Sept. 17. Testing has sharply increased since the firs...

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program Launches in Student Housing

A sign in the Student Union tells university community members to wear face coverings. The signage is part of UTSA's

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 15, 2020

UTSA launched a new COVID-19 surveillance testing program on Sept. 14 for asymptomatic students living in on-campus housing. Participation in the program is voluntary, and the tests will come at no cost to students who are selected and choose to participate. The surveillance testing program is aimed at...