is the higher education reporter at The Texas Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. She's reported on secrecy that's lingered after a sexual assault scandal, a costly way one university responded to a controversial speaker, and a state law that bars teachers, nurses and other license-holders from working if they fall behind on their student loans. Off the higher education beat, Shannon has written about the narrow way Texas defines a "pickle," the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, and how Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses basements, hotels and office buildings as short-term way stations for people in their custody. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.
College officials say there was no impropriety because their chief financial officer disclosed the conflict and had no say in the furniture purchased from the family store. An internal audit cleared the school and CFO of wrongdoing.
The school's former police chief and his top deputy were accused of hiring unqualified officers to patrol the San Marcos campus — including one who allegedly slept with a sexual assault victim while investigating her case — university records show.
The incidents have fueled a growing protest movement on campus, with students demanding more transparency in the university's handling of sexual misconduct cases. "We don't know who we're in the classroom with," one student said.
The former assistant vice president is the second University of Texas official to face scrutiny in recent months for allegedly running afoul of the university’s financial processes. He now holds a similar position with Austin ISD.
Spending on each of the last two inaugurations eclipsed that of any other in Texas for at least 40 years, even when adjusted for inflation. A spokesman for the governor has said no state dollars were spent on the festivities.
The move comes after the university acknowledged it under-reported the number of rapes and other crimes on campus in recent years. Texas State's president told students Thursday that the school is cooperating with the federal agency and has already made reforms.
The Texas Tribune is suing to discover what happened to millions raised mostly from top lobbying firms, corporations, wealthy businesspeople and trade groups for the inauguration of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
"This health threat is serious enough that I want to see the ban include every building, outside space, parking lot, garage and laboratory within the Texas A&M System," Chancellor John Sharp wrote in a Tuesday memorandum.