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UT students release list of demands for "transformative change"

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Some University of Texas students are asking for the removal of Austin Police Department and UT Police Department officers from campus.

It's all in a push to condemn racial violence and support black communities on campus. They're also asking for an equitable admissions process to achieve diverse admissions.

This is part of a list of "8 Demands for Transformative Change."

The list calls for the University of Texas at Austin to:

  • Divest from the Austin Police Department and the University of Texas Police Department
  • Implement a test-optional undergraduate and graduate admissions policy
  • Incorporate land acknowledgments in all UT programming
  • Use a multi-faceted approach to incorporate conversations on race and systemic racism in the United States
  • Rename Robert Lee Moore Hall, Painter Hall, Littlefield Hall, Littlefield Patio Cafe, Littlefield Fountain, Belo Center for New Media, James Hogg Auditorium, and remove the James Hogg Statue to stop honoring people who perpetuated racism on this campus
  • Discontinue the use of “The Eyes of Texas” at all UT related events
  • Adopt equitable and inclusive practices in the recruitment, selection, and promotion of UT faculty
  • Institutionalize and fund a campus climate survey.
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