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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
October 16, 2000

I.

COMMENTS – None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On August 17, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Frances G. Loder, associate professor, theatre and dance: John W. Brokaw (chair), David A. Nancarrow, Coleman A. Jennings.

On September 1, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Gilbert H. Ayres, professor emeritus, chemistry and biochemistry: Leon O. Morgan (chair), Norman Hackerman.

On September 27, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Archie W. Straiton, professor emeritus, electrical and computer engineering: Francis X. Bostick (chair), Edward J. Powers, Baxter F. Womack.

On September 27, 2000, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Carl W. Morgan, professor emeritus, civil engineering: Edward R. Holley (chair), Earnest F. Gloyna, Joseph F. Malina.

III.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 779-780 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Douglass M. Green.
D 781-783 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Emmette Redford.
D 784-790 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Michael P. Rosenthal.
D 791 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Lathan W. Sanford.
D 805-806 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for David P. Bloch.
D 807-809 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Barbara Jordan.
D 810 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for William J. Sheffield.
D 811-812 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for David Theodore Sisto.
D 813-814 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for L. D. Haskew.
D 815-816 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Barnes F. Lathrop.
D 817-818 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for George Willard Watt.

IV.
CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Effective September 26, 2000, Michael J. Churgin (law) replaced Brian R. Leiter (law) who resigned from the Faculty Council.

Effective October 9, 2000, Brigitte L. Bauer (French and Italian) replaced Rachel Fouladi (educational psychology), who resigned from the University.


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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 391-392 Changes in Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 1998-2000, of The University of Texas at Austin. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 24, 2000. Protest filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council on April 2, 2000. The following was approved by Faculty Council on April 17, 2000; transmitted to the president April 19, 2000; approved by the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on August 2, 2000; approved by the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on August 14, 2000: Motion 1: To declare a major in psychology, the student must have completed at least twelve semester hours of coursework in residence and must have a University grade point average of at least 2.50.

The following motions were tabled by voice count: Motion 2: He or she must maintain a University grade point average of at least 2.50 to remain in the major. Motion 3: Students with a University grade point average of less than 3.00 may not take more than two organized psychology courses in a semester.

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. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

D&P 16965-16966 Resolution Concerning Family Policy. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 15, 1999. Approved by Faculty Council at its meeting on January 25, 1999. Transmitted to the president on January 26, 1999. Receipt acknowledged by the president on February 5, 1999, with these comments: "I am sympathetic to the concepts underlying the resolution. It is being forwarded to Provost


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  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. 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.

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.

D 365-366 Mid-Probationary Review Policy (Amended). Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 8, 2000. Amended and then approved by Faculty Council by voice vote on March 20, 2000 (See D 328-329). Transmitted to the president on March 21, 2000.

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.

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.

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

VII.
LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

 
D 828-830 Recommendations from the Admissions and Registration Committee on the Proposal to Control Enrollment by Redefining the Provisional Admission Program. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on October 12, 2000. Will be considered by the Faculty Council at its meeting on October 16, 2000.


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

A.

ITEMS DISAPPROVED, TABLED, OR WITHDRAWN SINCE THE LAST MEETING – 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 October 13, 2000. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.