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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROTEST TO PROPOSED TWO-TRIES POLICY IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002


On behalf of the Cabinet of College Councils and the Student Engineering Council, Katy B. Zarolia, a voting member of the Council from the Cabinet of College Councils, has filed a protest to the Two-Tries Policy in the College of Engineering proposed (D 1241-1242). The reasons for the protest are reproduced below. The protest was received by the secretary on May 4, 2001.

This item will be introduced as emergency legislation at the regular meeting of the 2000-2001 Faculty Council on May 7, 2001.


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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council


PROTEST TO PROPOSED TWO-TRIES POLICY IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

The Cabinet of College Councils and the Student Engineering Council would like to state our objection to the Two-Tries Policy in the College of Engineering.

The first concern is with students who enroll for a course and subsequently drop it, either after the fourth class day, twelfth class day, or by Q drop. At which point will this policy take effect?

Second, students feel that the objective of the University is to educate its students, and as long as students are paying tuition, they should have the opportunity to enroll in the class.

Third, this policy will prevent students from pursuing an engineering degree by concentrating on their weakness in one course.

Fourth, the proposal does not take into account extenuating circumstances. A student may need to drop the course the first time for academic reasons, and for personal reasons the second time. There needs to be some amount of discretion by the dean in these types of situations.

Fifth, the proposal could actually increase time to graduation because students who do not pass a course required by their degree plan by the second time will need to start over in a new major.




This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 4, 2001. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.