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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY'S REPORT
December 10, 2001

I.
COMMENTS — None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On November 8, 2001, President Faulkner appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for John A. Walter, professor emeritus, English: James D. Garrison (chair), Joseph J. Moldenhauer, and Joseph E. Kruppa.
III.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

1554 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Janice M. Beyer.
1555-1556 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Irwin C. Lieb.
1557-1558 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for William Shive.

IV.
CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Glen S. Baum (Electrical/Mechanical Technical Supervisor, AE, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering) was elected to serve on the Faculty Council as a non-voting member by the Staff Council for the academic year 2001-2002.

Phyllis Boyd Waelder (Conference Coordinator I, BA, Teaching Effectiveness) was elected to serve on the Faculty Council as a non-voting member by the Staff Council for the academic year 2001-2002.

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 938-940 Policy on Teaching Continuity and Restructured Faculty Workload upon the Birth or Adoption of a Child. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 16, 2000. The Office of the Provost presented a proposed administrative policy to the Council for discussion at its meeting on November 20, 2000. Approved by the president and transmitted to the vice chancellor and general counsel on August 22, 2001. Notice was received from the Office of the President on November 26, 2001, that the Office of the General Counsel of The University of Texas System disapproved the proposal. The decision was communicated via Executive Vice Chancellor Edwin Sharpe to the Office of the Vice President for Institutional Relations and Legal Affairs. The latter office is currently reviewing the reply from the UT System.

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.

 

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  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." The president's office is currently attempting to determine the status of this item.

D 1140-1142 Proposal to Create a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science, Option I: Middle Grades Teaching in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 21, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 9, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on March 12, 2001. Transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 11, 2001. The original proposal from the College of Natural Sciences was forwarded to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on October 30, 2001, at the request of the executive vice chancellor.

D 1188 Review of Degrees. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 7, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on April 17, 2001. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on October 2, 2001.

D 1202-1203 Tuition Remission for Graduate Research Assistants. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 12, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on April 17, 2001. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on October 2, 2001.

D 1241-1242 Two-Tries Policy in the College of Engineering Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 20, 2001 as no-protest legislation. The secretary classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. Objection with reason was filed with the Office of the General Faculty on May 4, 2001. The secretary classified the proposal as emergency legislation. It was amended and approved by the Faculty Council on May 7, 2001, and transmitted to the president through the provost on May 9, 2001. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 15, 2001. The president's office has inquired about the status of this proposal.


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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 the 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 Executive Vice President and Provost continues to explore various options. A final decision has not yet been reached." In a letter dated October 12, 2001, President Faulkner made the following comments:

"A close reading of our current credit by examination policies, as well as the proposal, raises several concerns.

"In supporting the removal of letter grades earned in credit by examination from the UT Austin grade-point average, the proposal itself comments that credit by examination does not reflect a student's performance in coursework at UT Austin. Beyond that issue is a question about inconsistency between the way in which a final grade is normally determined in coursework at UT Austin and the way in which the grade is determined in credit by examination. In coursework, the final grade is almost always the result of multiple factors (tests, papers, attendance, participation, etc.). In credit by examination, the grade is the result of a single test.

"These and other issues still need to be considered as regards the granting of credit by examination. I am asking the Executive Vice President and Provost to appoint a special committee to address the issues and prepare a report. I will hold the current proposal (Documents of the General Faculty 77-81), pending the report of that committee."

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 the provost on November 10, 2000: "Under review." The president's response is in preparation.

D 1512-1516 Proposed Changes to the Red McCombs School of Business Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 1, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 9, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on November 13, 2001.

D 1517-1518 Proposed Changes to the University Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 1, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 9, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on November 13, 2001.

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


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VII.
LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL — None.

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 — None.

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 (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on November 29, 2001. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.