On Nov. 1, 2019, the Solemnity of All Saints, the University of Dallas inaugurated its ninth and first alumnus president, Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., BA '82 MA '83.+ Read More
IRVING, Texas (Jan. 2, 2014) The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Fort Worth Division has issued a preliminary injunction in favor of the University of Dallas and against an Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that would have required the Catholic institution to provide healthcare coverage including abortion-inducing products, sterilization or contraceptives. In issuing the injunction, the court exempted the university from complying with the ACA mandate's Jan. 1, 2014, deadline.
"Providing these types of care is contrary to the values of the University of Dallas
and to the teachings of the Catholic Church," said University of Dallas President
Thomas W. Keefe. "Clearly, the provision is a violation of the First Amendment and
federal civil rights laws."
UD provides health insurance to benefits-eligible employees through a consortium of private colleges and universities in Texas. Under the law, health plans like that offered by the University of Dallas are required to include "insurance coverage for women's preventative care and screenings." In writing the law, Congress did not define "preventative care," delegating the duty of defining the term to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS, in turn, tasked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with developing guidelines. The IOM recommended that women's preventative care include "the full range of Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures and patient education and counseling for women with reproductive capacity." HHS later adopted the IOM's recommendations.
"Our department has two fundamental guiding principles: the study of political philosophy and the study of American founding principles," said Richard Dougherty, MA '89 PhD '93, associate professor of politics and director of the politics graduate program. It is this emphasis on American political development combined with the quality of faculty and the rigor of the University of Dallas' politics doctoral program that led the U.S. Department of Education to award UD a $250,405 grant for stipend support for politics doctoral students through its Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need program.+ Read More
On Thursday, Sept. 26, several members of the university community gathered to celebrate the completion of Course II of the Studies in Catholic Faith and Culture program, the first component of UD's Liberal Learning for Life initiative. The course is titled "The Person: Tradition and History."+ Read More