“The sum total of the Houston consulate’s activities went well over the line of what we are willing to accept, and unless we disrupted it, it threatened to become even more aggressive in Houston and at other Chinese consulates nationwide,” an official said.
Daniel Jaffe, UT’s provost, urged students with questions or concerns about sharing details of their work with anyone to contact their deans. Students should also alert the information security office about any phishing attempts or unsolicited emails from foreign countries or entities.
“Our international scholars are a vital part of our research community. You enrich our environment and are critical to our teams’ success, and we value your contributions,” Jaffe’s email said. “We realize that this news is coming during an already difficult time, so we encourage you to reach out to your supervisors or Texas Global and let us know how we can continue to support you.”
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