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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
March 20, 2000


  1. COMMENTS – None.

  2. MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On February 15, 2000 President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Emmett L. Hudspeth, Professor Emeritus, Physics: Austin M. Gleeson (chair), Kenneth W. Gentle, and Thomas A. Griffy.

On February 16, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Janet M. McGaughey, Professor Emeritus, School of Music: Phyllis C. Young (chair), Rebecca A. Baltzer, and Lita A. Guerra.

On February 16, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Geneva H. Pilgrim, Professor Emeritus, Curriculum and Instruction: Edmund J. Farrell (chair), Judith W. Lindfors, and Nancy L. Roster.

On February 17, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Douglass M. Green, Professor, School of Music: Stefan M. Kostka (chair), Roger C. Graybill, and Rose A. Taylor.

On February 23, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Buford W. Duke, Jr., Associate Professor, School of Architecture: Lance E. Tatum (chair), Michael L. Garrison, and Richard P. Swallow.

On February 23, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Lathan W. Sanford, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance: David A. Nancarrow (chair), John W. Brokaw, and Sondra Lomax.

  1. MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 230-232 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Clarence L. Cline
D 233-236 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for William R. Keast.
D 237-238 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Charles W. Moore.
D 242-254 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for W. Page Keeton.
D 270-272 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for James A. Michener.
D 273 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for John R. Peck.
D 340-341 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Walter Ducloux.
  1. CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.


  2. Effective January 1, 2000, Lester R. Kurtz (sociology) replaced Alan W. Friedman (English). Effective March 1, 2000, Robert Freeman, Dean, College of Fine Arts, replaced Charles A. Roeckle, Acting Dean, College of Fine Arts.

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  1. STATUS OF LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

A.

ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 257-259 Report from Calendar Committee for the Academic Year 1999-2000. Approved by Faculty Council on February 21, 2000.

 
B.
ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS – None.

 
C.

ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR.

D&P 16517-16519 Recommendation for a Change in Regents' Rules Concerning Suspension of a Faculty Member with Pay. Approved by Faculty Council at its meeting on December 8, 1997, and transmitted to President on December 9, 1997. Transmitted to the Chancellor by President on January 20, 1999, with these comments: "This legislation was discussed among my office, the office of the Provost, and members of the Faculty Council Executive Committee. It puts into the Regents’ Rules what has been the practice at The University of Texas at Austin. Confidential consultation with a faculty committee regarding a possible suspension is guaranteed, but the final determination is made by the President. This process has worked well on our campus. I recommend your favorable consideration of the proposed change."

 
D 108-109 Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Ancient History and Classical Civilization in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 110-111 Changes in Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Geography in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 112-113 Delete the Concentration in Jewish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999.


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  Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 114-115 Creation of a New Degree in Jewish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 116-117 Creation of an Honors Program in Jewish Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 118-119 Creation of an Honors Program in African and African American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 120-121 Creation of an Honors Program in Mexican American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 122-124 Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Plan II Honors in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 22, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 29, 1999. Approved by President on February 1, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 126-128  Proposed Changes to the College of Business Administration Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a

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  no-protest basis on December 13, 1999. Transmitted to President January 7, 2000. Approved by President on January 22, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 129-144   Changes in the College of Engineering Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 17, 1999. Transmitted to President on January 7, 2000. Approved by President on January 22, 2000. Transmitted to Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on February 23, 2000.

D 174-192

Changes in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on January 24, 2000. Transmitted to President January 28, 2000. Approved by President February 16, 2000. Transmitted to Chancellor on February 17, 2000.

E.
ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

D&P 16965-16966 Resolution Concerning Family Policy. Approved by Faculty Council at its meeting on January 25, 1999. Transmitted to President on January 26, 1999. Receipt acknowledged by President on February 5, 1999, with these comments: "I am sympathetic to the concepts underlying the resolution. It is being forwarded to Provost Ekland-Olson for review and to determine how these proposals might be implemented within University policy."

D&P 17040-17043 Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson. Introduced by Janet Staiger at the Faculty Council meeting on April 19, 1999. Approved by Faculty Council on May 10, 1999. Transmitted to President May 12, 1999.

D 43-48 Proposed Changes to the College of Business Administration Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on September 30, 1999. Transmitted to President on October 13, 1999.

D 77-81 Changes in Policies Concerning Grades Awarded with Credit by Examination. Approved by Faculty Council on November 15, 1999. Transmitted to President on November 16, 1999.

D 82-101 Report of the Faculty Council Ad Hoc Committee on Course Instructor Surveys: Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness and Excellence. Report endorsed by Faculty Council on November 15, 1999, and transmitted to President on November 16, 1999. Chair of Faculty Council transmitted


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  legislation to Educational Policy Committee on November 24, 1999.

D 102-103 Changes in the Required Courses Section Under Curriculum of the Law School Catalog 1998-2000, The University of Texas at Austin. Approved by Faculty Council on no-protest basis on November 15, 1999. Transmitted to President November 16, 1999.

D 239-241 Proposal to Delete the Art History Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2000. Transmitted to President on March 8, 2000.
D 255-256 Proposed Change in the Special Requirements for the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2000. Transmitted to President on March 8, 2000.

D 260-262 Changes in Degree Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 3, 2000. Transmitted to President on March 8, 2000.

  1. LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE GENERAL FACULTY – None.

  2. LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

 
D 200-202 Proposed Changes for Degree Requirements in the Department of Astronomy in the College of Natural Science Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 18, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 3, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council.

D 203-214 Proposed Changes for Degree Requirements in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Natural Science Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 18, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. The original no-protest date was extended from


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  March 3 to March 24 due to proposed changes in the General Information section of the Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.

D 215-224 Proposed Changes for Degree Requirements in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Science Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 18, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. The original no-protest date was extended from March 3 to March 24 due to proposed changes in the General Information section of the Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.

D 274-297  Proposed Changes for Degree Requirements in the School of Biological Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site February 28, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. The no-protest date was extended from March 13 to March 24 due to proposed changes in the General Information section of the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.

D 298-306 Changes for Degree Requirements in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 2, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. The no-protest date was extended from March 17 to March 24 due to proposed changes in the General Information section of the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.

D 307-314  Changes for Degree Requirements in the Department of Physics in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 2, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. The no-protest date was extended from March 17 to March 24 due to proposed changes in the General Information section of the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000.

D 315-316  Changes to Dean's Scholars Honors Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 8, 2000. If no objection is filed


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  with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council.

D 317-320  Addition of College Academic Programs to the General Information Section in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 8, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council.

D 321-322  Addition of International Studies in Science Program to the General Information Section in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 8, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council.

D 323-324  Addition of The Elements of Computing Program to the General Information Section in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 8, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council.

D 325-327  Addition of Requirements for Admission to the Department of Computer Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 8, 2000. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by March 24, 2000, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council.

D 328-329   Mid-Probationary Review Policy. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 14, 2000. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 20, 2000.

D 330-332  Report Concerning the Creation of a Standing Faculty Committee on Academics and Athletics. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 14, 2000. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 20, 2000.

D 333-334  Recommendation for Change in the Residency Requirement in the UT Austin Undergraduate Catalog. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 14, 2000. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 20, 2000.


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D 335-337  Recommendation on Computer Competency. Posted on the Faculty Council web site March 14, 2000. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 20, 2000.

  1. STATUS OF LEGISLATION NOT APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.
A.
ITEMS DISAPPROVED, TABLED, OR WITHDRAWN SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 41-42 Recommendation from Student Assembly for Establishment of a Summer Dead Day. Forwarded to the Calendar Committee on September 20, 1999. Recommendation from Calendar Committee to disapprove legislation was accepted by Faculty Council on February 21, 2000.

B.
ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY STANDING COMMITTEES.

D 82-101 Report of the Faculty Council Ad Hoc Committee on Course Instructor Surveys: Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness and Excellence. Report endorsed by Faculty Council on November 15, 1999 and transmitted to President on November 16, 1999. Chair of Faculty Council transmitted legislation to Educational Policy Committee on November 24, 1999.

 

C.

ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY OTHER COMMITTEES – None.

  1. SPECIAL COMMITTEES APPOINTED – None.




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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on March 17, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.