UT president responds to Feb. bottle throwing, racial slur incident

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The president of UT Austin wants to speed up investigations into threats and reports of violence.

This comes after a report detailing how bottles were thrown at a student in the West Campus area as the suspects shouted racial slurs.

On Feb. 20, Tucker Sauer, 21, and Lucas Henderson, 20, were arrested for allegedly throwing bottles at a student. Police at the time did not make contact with a third suspect, and the university would not confirm if any of those involved were students. The victim and Sauer’s names both appeared in the University of Texas student registry.

The victim told police that the three men threw the bottles while yelling “F- you, n–!” He also said the three came down to fight after he told them he was calling police.

The university confirmed in a statement Wednesday that one of the men arrested was a UT student.

UT Austin President Greg Fenves wrote in a letter to the university, “There is absolutely no place in our campus community for that type of behavior. It does not reflect the values of our university or our students and faculty members. I will not tolerate such hateful acts.”

Fenves said the Student Judicial Services has been actively addressing the issue, based on UT’s current institutional rules and timelines. “Some of these rules, however, make it difficult to resolve the issues quickly and have revealed the need for us to improve our policies, particularly with incidents of hatred and violence.”

He said the university’s updated policies will give the dean the ability to impose interim suspensions on students accused of actual or threatened violence.

You can read Fenves’ full statement here.

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