Can UT’s Reputation Survive?

Can UT’s reputation survive serious allegations of corruption and malfeasance? Not as long as they go unanswered.

Tony McDonald and I are asking our fellow Longhorns to begin demanding public accountability.

Call the Office of the Chancellor today and demand public accountability: 512-499-4201
By way of background, Tony – who serves as the Empower Texans general counsel – graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and Government before graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 2012.  I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a B.B.A. in Management and a B.A. in Government.

Both of us have a vested interest in preserving our alma mater’s reputation as a “university of the first class.” That reputation is what ultimately led both of us to attend the 40 Acres.

Sadly, serious allegations have been made against UT-Austin that are causing damage to our university – ultimately devaluing the degrees we worked so hard to obtain – and the leaders sitting atop the Tower are refusing to answer them.

Longhorns like us – Longhorns everywhere – must protect UT. We need a strong UT, not one burdened by financial malfeasance and corruption.

Recently, four serious allegations have been made that:

  1. Unqualified students have been admitted to UT-Austin and the UT School of Law based on their relationships with powerful legislators
  2. Secret – and possibly illegal – payola schemes benefited favored faculty members
  3. UT has inflated or misreported monetary gifts
  4. UT has ignored the Texas Public Information Act by withholding information from regents and the public

The Chancellor and Regents have a responsibility to give us public answers and hold accountable those responsible. The failure – their refusal – to respond to these allegations is damaging the UT brand. Something students, parents, alumni and faculty work so hard to maintain.

We deserve answers.

Call the Office of the Chancellor today and demand public accountability: 512-499-4201

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dustin Matocha is the Executive Director of Empower Texans. Dustin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Management, a BA in Government, and a minor in Marketing. He’s a self-described Corvette enthusiast, baseball purist, tech geek and growing connoisseur of local craft beer.

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