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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
October 18, 1999


I. COMMENTS — None.

II. MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On August 31, 1999, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Samuel P. Ellison Jr., Professor Emeritus, Geological Sciences: William R. Muehlberger, Earle F. McBride, and Keith Young.

On September 14, 1999, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Robert M. Crunden, Professor, History and American Studies: Jeffrey Meikle, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, and Neil Foley.

III. MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED — None.

IV. CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL — None.

V. STATUS OF LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.
A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.
D&P 16989-16990 Changes in the Requirements for a Major in Ethnic Studies, with a Concentration in Mexican American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on February 11, 1999. The President has delegated to Provost the authority to act on this legislation and to acquire the required approvals from the UT System. Approval recommended by Provost and transmitted to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on June 21, 1999. Approved by Vice Chancellor for Academic affairs on July 12, 1999.

D&P 17000-17034 Recommendation for the Final Report from the Ad Hoc Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. Approved by Faculty Council at its meeting on April 19, 1999, and transmitted to President on April 20, 1999. An outline of the actions the President is taking on the recommendations can be found in the minutes of the Faculty Council meeting held September 20, 1999 (D 67-71). A copy of his full response sent on September 30, 1999, is on file in the Office of the General Faculty and will soon be posted on the Faculty Council web site.



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D 1 New Numbering System for the Documents of the General Faculty and the Faculty Council. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on September 20, 1999.

B. ITEMS RETURNED, DISAPPROVED, SUPERSEDED, OR WITHDRAWN SINCE THE LAST REPORT — None.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS — None.

D. 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 RegentsÍ 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&P 17063-17064 Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology, Option II: Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of the 1998-2000 Undergraduate Catalog, Pages 388-389. Approved by Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 6, 1999 and transmitted to President on May 7, 1999. Approval recommended by Provost and transmitted to Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on September 22, 1999.

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.



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D 34-35 Recommendation from Rules Committee on U.T. System Faculty Advisory Council Representatives. Approved by Faculty Council on September 20, 1999. Approved by General Faculty on October 12, 1999, and transmitted to President on October 13, 1999.

D 36-37 Recommendation from Rules Committee on the Faculty Council Executive Committee. Approved by Faculty Council on September 20, 1999. Approved by General Faculty on October 12, 1999, and transmitted to President on October 13, 1999.

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

VI. LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE GENERAL FACULTY — None.

VII. LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.
 
D 38-40 Recommendation from the Educational Policy Committee on Course Substitution and Waiver Policy for Students with Disabilities. To be presented to Faculty Council on October 18, 1999.

VIII. STATUS OF LEGISLATION NOT APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.
A.
ITEMS DISAPPROVED, TABLED, OR WITHDRAWN SINCE THE LAST REPORT — None

B.
ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY STANDING COMMITTEES.
D 41-42 Recommendation from Student Assembly for Establishment of a Summer Dead Day. Forwarded to the Calendar Committee on September 20, 1999.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY OTHER COMMITTEES — None.

IX. SPECIAL COMMITTEES APPOINTED — None.






<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council



Posted on the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on October 14, 1999. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.