Texas House Panel Censures UT System Regent

A state House panel voted Monday to censure University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, but chose not to pursue impeachment.

Wallace Hall (UT System photo/file)

AUSTIN (August 11, 2014) The state House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted Monday to censure University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall over his efforts to oust the president of the Austin campus.

The committee chose not to pursue an impeachment process that could have removed him from office, but members said they could vote later on articles of impeachment.

They said censure was a strong statement that Hall’s behavior crossed the line for a university regent.

Hall was accused of abusing his office to overwhelm the University of Texas with massive record requests, bullying staff and violating federal privacy laws related to student records.

Hall has denied wrongdoing.

The committee has been investigating Hall for more than a year.

He is facing a separate criminal investigation by Travis County prosecutors.

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