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GoKAR! Project

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Updated on Nov. 29, 2021.

  • The university internally reviewed a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights regarding GoKAR!, a research study designed by three faculty researchers.
  • During the internal review, the university asked the researchers to pause the delivery of new program materials to new participants. The purpose of that limited pause was to avoid new actions that could create legal violations after the university received notice of the complaint.
  • The internal review was completed Nov. 24, 2021. In consultation with the University of Texas System legal leadership, the university was authorized to lift the pause on delivery of new program materials to new participants.
  • Research projects conducted by over 6,000 university researchers cover a wide range of topics with a diversity of perspectives and approaches. The breadth of projects reflects the university’s commitment to freedom of thought, speech, and expression, along with long-standing principles of academic freedom.