UT's director of the Pride of the Southland Band can come back to campus, but as a faculty member only, at least for now.
Dr. Gary Sousa was put on administrative leave for insubordination in October, after he, along with band members and alumni, claimed that UT was cutting costs by limiting band travel and marketing. They were also upset that the band wasn't able to play as much during football games.
The University said most of those claims were false, but did admit the band's budget was trimmed because of the school's financial situation.
On December 19, Sousa received a letter signed by Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan D. Martin, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Theresa M. Lee, and School of Music Director Jeffrey Pappas. It stated that, effective that day, Sousa was once again allowed on campus and could interact with students and other faculty.
However, he is still on administrative leave from his position as Director of the marching band. The letter states he will receive more detailed information about that assignment later.