AUSTIN (AP) – The University of Texas System has approved new admissions policies allowing campus presidents to extend admission to some students who wouldn’t otherwise be accepted.READ MORE: Wearing Only Socks And Shorts, Dallas 11-Year-Old Traveon Michael Allen Griffin Missing Overnight
The policy was passed Thursday by the Board of Regents 8-1.
It permits presidents to order admission of “a qualified student who may not have been admitted” through normal processes in “very rare” cases when doing so is of “highest institutional importance.”READ MORE: Standoff Between Snakes & Young Southlake Girl Ends With 'Daring' Drainage Pipe Rescue
It applies to all nine system campuses but follows an investigation of Bill Powers, former president of UT’s flagship Austin campus.
A February report found Powers sometimes intervened to admit students with subpar credentials who had been supported by lawmakers, donors or regents.
The new policy also mandates that UT “presidents, provosts and deans ensure that admission offices are shielded from undue influence.”MORE NEWS: 'They're Innocent People, Man' Phone Call Shows Brother Pleading With Colleyville Synagogue Hostage-Taker
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