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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
February 19, 2001

I.

COMMENTS – None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT – None.

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 17040-17043 Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 15, 1999. Introduced by Janet Staiger at the Faculty Council meeting on April 19, 1999. Approved by Faculty Council on May 10, 1999. Transmitted to the president on May 12, 1999. Comment from the provost on November 10, 2000: "By separate letter, this legislation will be returned without approval. Rather than create an Office of the Faculty Ombudsperson, a proposal is under consideration to use faculty-trained mediators to assist the Faculty Grievance Committee with its work. These mediators would work with Linda Millstone and the staff in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office."

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 the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 8, 1997, and transmitted to the president on December 9, 1997. Transmitted to the chancellor by the 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 946-947 Proposed Changes in the Description of the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Design Major in the College of Fine Arts Section of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. . Posted on the Faculty council web site on November 28,


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  2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 11, 2000. Approved by the president through the provost, and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 22, 2001.

D 948-949 Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, Design Major in the College of Fine Arts Section of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. . Posted on the Faculty council web site on November 28, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 11, 2000. Approved by the president through the provost, and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 22, 2001.

D 950-951 Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Art, Art History Major in the College of Fine Arts Section of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. . Posted on the Faculty council web site on November 28, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 11, 2000. Approved by the president through the provost, and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 22, 2001.

D 952-953 Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Music, Composition Major in the College of Fine Arts Section of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. . Posted on the Faculty council web site on November 28, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 11, 2000. Approved by the president through the provost, and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 22, 2001.

D 954-955 Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance in the College of Fine Arts Section of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. . Posted on the Faculty council web site on November 28, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 11, 2000. Approved by the president through the provost, and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 22, 2001.

D. Items Under Review by the Office of the President.

D 77-81 Changes in Policies Concerning Grades Awarded with Credit by Examination. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on October 29, 1999. Approved by Faculty Council on November 15, 1999. Transmitted to the president on November 16, 1999. Comment by the provost on November 10, 2000: "The Office of the


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  Executive Vice President and Provost continues to explore various options. A final decision has not yet been reached."

D 547-549a Report from the Educational Policy Committee Concerning the Report of the Faculty Council ad hoc Committee on Course Instructor Surveys: Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness and Excellence (D 82-101). Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 28, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on May 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president on May 9, 2000.

D 550-551 Faculty Welfare Committee Recommendation for an Annual Survey on Health Care Benefits and Services. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 28, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on May 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president on May 9, 2000. Comment by the provost on November 10, 2000: "This legislative action has been referred to Mr. Kyle Cavanaugh, Associate VP for Human Resources, for consideration."

D 582-585 Report and Recommendations from the Faculty Grievance Committee, 1999-2000. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 3, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on May 8, 2000. Transmitted to the president on May 9, 2000. Comment by provost on November 10, 2000: "Under review."

D 875-881 Changes in the College of Engineering Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2001. Posted on the Faculty council web site on November 9, 2000. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 17, 2000. Transmitted to the president through the provost on November 20, 2000.

D 938-940 Policy on Teaching Continuity and Restructured Faculty Workload upon the Birth or Adoption of a Child (D 938-940). Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 16, 2000. The Office of the Provost presented legislation to the Council for discussion at its meeting on November 20, 2000. Pending final approval from the president.

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

VII.
LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

 
D 1122 Proposal to Create a Two-Day Fall Break. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 13, 2001. The recommendation will be presented to the Faculty Council for discussion at its meeting on February 19, 2001.

D 1123-1124 Proposal to Increase Student Involvement in the Hiring Process of Tenure-Track Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 13, 2001. The recommendation will be presented to the Faculty Council for discussion at its meeting on February 19, 2001.


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VIII.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION NOT APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

A. Items Disapproved, Tabled, or Withdrawn – None.

B..

Items Under Review by Standing Committees.

D 536-537 Matching Program for Recreational Sports Memberships. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 28, 2000. Faculty Council referred legislation to the Faculty Welfare Committee on May 8, 2000.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY OTHER COMMITTEES – None.

IX. 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 February 13, 2001. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.