2002-2003 Legislative Status

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PENDING COORDINATING BOARD

  • (D 1140-1142).

    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. Approved by the executive vice chancellor and transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on November 30, 2001. Disapproved on December 18, 2001, by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board because it did not meet Coordinating Board requirements. Notice of non-approval was received in the Office of the General Faculty on January 15, 2003. A copy of the letter with reasons for disapproval is on file in the Office of the General Faculty. On February 10, 2003, notice was received from the College of Natural Sciences that the Coordinating Board was reconsidering its disapproval. On the Coordinating Board's Web site, the proposal is listed as pending <http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/uhri/proposals/search.cfm>.

PENDING UT SYSTEM

PENDING PRESIDENT

  • Changes in Policies Concerning Grades Awarded with Credit by Examination (D 77-81).

    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 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."

    "There is, however, an inequity in our current policies that I believe must be addressed now. For the final grade in coursework at UT Austin, the student must choose between a letter grade or "Credit" (for pass/fail) by the mid-semester drop deadline, i.e., well before the final grade is determined. For credit by examination, however, the student is permitted to delay the choice of letter grade or "Credit" for an indefinite period until he or she knows the grade and knows how that grade might affect the grade-point average.

    "To eliminate this inequity, I am considering the following changes in policy:

    "1.
    Beginning September 1, 2002, a student attempting credit by examination through a University of Texas at Austin test will be required to make the choice of letter grade or "Credit" prior to taking the examination (i.e., where that choice has been made available by the department offering the examination).

    "2.
    This policy alone would give an advantage to a student earning credit by examination off campus when that student retained the choice of letter grade or "Credit" until after the examination was completed. Therefore, beginning September 1, 2002, the University will accept credit by examination earned off campus as CR ["Credit"] only."

    In a memorandum dated August 19, 2002, the provost made the following comments:

    " Rather than convene a new committee, a decision was made to refer this issue to the Educational Policy Committee. Professor Robert Duke, as chair of the Committee, was asked to draft a proposal for consideration by the President and Provost. The draft proposal is to be ready for review in September 2002."

    The committee returned the proposal to the president and provost without change.

  • Recommendation for Change in the Residency Requirements in The UT Austin Undergraduate Catalog (D 2480-2482)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003. .Approved by the Faculty Council on March 17, 2003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on March 18, 2003.

  • Resolution in Support of “The Texas Compact: Local Control of Tuition and Tuition Assistance Plan.” (D 2487)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on March 17, 2003. Transmitted to the president on March 18, 2003.

  • Final Report President’s ad hoc Committee on Non-Tenure-Track Teaching Faculty (D 2488-2493).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 11, 2003. Endorsed by the Faculty Council on March 17, 2003. Transmitted to the president on March 18, 2003.

  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Biology, Option I: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (D 2513-2514)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on a no-protest basis on May 7, 2003.Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 16, 2-003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on May 20, 2003.

  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences (D 2515-2516)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on a no-protest basis on May 7, 2003.Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 16, 2-003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on May 20, 2003.

  • Proposed Changes in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science (D 2517-2519)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on a no-protest basis on May 7, 2003.Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 16, 2-003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on May 20, 2003.

  • Revision of Proposed Procedures for The University of Texas at Austin Administrative Investigations of Policy Violations Alleged Against Faculty Members (D 2539-2541).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 30, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 5, 2003. The revision resulted from discussions between the administration and the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility chair. Transmitted to the president through the provost on May 7, 2003 (also see D 2360-2362).

PENDING GENERAL FACULTY

No legislation pending at this time.

PENDING FACULTY COUNCIL

No legislation pending at this time.

ITEMS UNDER RECONSIDERATION

No legislation pending at this time.

COMPLETED/CLOSED

  • Report and Recommendations from the Faculty Grievance Committee, 1999-2000. (D 582-585).
    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 responded to the report in a letter dated May 28, 2002. A group of faculty responded to his letter, and a meeting was held with the President and Provost on August 14, 2002, to further discuss the issues. A second response from the President was sent on September 17, 2002, and is reproduced in D 2150-2152.

  • Policy on Teaching Continuity and Restructured Faculty Workload upon the Birth or Adoption of a Child (D 938-940).
    UT System disapproved this legislation. (See Secretary's Report D 1566-1569.) In February 2002, referred by Chair Bruce Palka to the Faculty Welfare Committee for possible revision. On March 17, 2003, the Faculty Welfare Committee presented the revision, “Proposal to Modify Instructional Responsibilities Policy (D 2483-2484), which was posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003, and approved by the Faculty Council on March 17, 2003; transmitted to the President on March 18, 2003.

    Tuition Remission for Graduate Research Assistants (D 1202-1203)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 12, 2001. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council 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. This policy has been implemented.

  • Proposed Changes to the School of Architecture Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. (D 1571-1579).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 3, 2001. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on December 14, 2001. Transmitted to the president through the provost on December 17, 2001. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 9, 2002. January 10, 2002. Approved by executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on January 28, 2002.

  • Proposed Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a Major in Sport Management in the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. (D 1625-1626).
    Provost Ekland-Olson transmitted the document to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on July 31, with the request that it be forwarded to the appropriate officials at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The proposal was approved by the executive vice chancellor on April 12, 2002, under The Proposed Changes to the College of Education Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002, (D 1611-1636), and approved by the Faculty Council on January 22, 2002. On August 19, 2002, a letter of inquiry regarding legislation status was sent to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. On August 26, the Office of the General Faculty received a letter dated August 9, 2002, from the executive vice chancellor of academic affairs to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommending approval. Approved by the Coordinating Board and implemented effective August 26, 2002.

  • Resolution from the Faculty Building Advisory Committee — Spring 2002. (D 1691)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 12, 2002. The resolution was approved by the Faculty Council on February 18, 2002. Transmitted to the president on February 19, 2002. Approved by the president on April 28, 2003.

  • Creation of a Major in Urban Studies for the Bachelor of Arts Degree, Plan I, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002 (D 1896-1897)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 21, 2002. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 29, 2002. Transmitted to the president through the provost on April 1, 2002. Approved by the president through the provost on April 4, 2002. Transmitted to the vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 9, 2002. Transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on July 15, 2002. Approved by the Coordinating Board on October 28, 2002.

  • Recommended Name Change for the Graduate School of Library Information Science (GSLIS) to the School of Information (D 2127-2132a)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on August 30, 2002. Protest received on September 13, 2002. Approved by the Faculty Council on September 23, 2002. Transmitted to the president through the provost on September 25, 2002. Approved by the president and the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. Transmitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on October 16, 2002.Approved by the Coordinating Board on October 29, 2002.

  • Procedures for The University of Texas at Austin Administrative Investigations of Policy Violations Alleged Against Faculty Members (D 2360-2362)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 11, 2002. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on November 18, 2002 Transmitted to the president through the provost on November 19, 2002.A revised version titled Revision of Proposed Procedures for The University of Texas at Austin Administrative Investigations of Policy Violations Alleged Against Faculty Members (D 2539-2541) will be considered at the Faculty Council meeting on May 5, 2003. The changes are a result of discussions between the administration and the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility chair.

  • Proposed Change to The University of Texas Handbook of Operating Procedures, Chapter 1, Page 4. (D 2384-2385)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 15, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on January 27, 2003. Transmitted to the president on January 28, 2003. Approved by the president on February 2, 2003.

  • Faculty Council Resolution Endorsing the Recommendations from the Task Force on Assembly and Expression (D 2386)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 15, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on January 27, 2003. Transmitted to the president on January 28, 2003.Approved by the president on February 2, 2003.

  • Proposed Curriculum Changes to The Undergraduate Program in the School of Nursing chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006 (D 2395-2397).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 27, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on February 10, 2003. Transmitted to the president through the provost on February 13, 2003. Approved by the president through the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 28, 2003. Approved by the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 28, 2003.

  • Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D 2479).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 4, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on March 17, 2003. Transmitted to the president on March 18, 2003. The president appointed Professor Isabella Cunningham to the University Co-op Board of Directors (2003-2007) to fill the position that will open when the term of Professor Diana Dinitto expires.

  • Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Council Officers for 2003-2004 (D 2520-2521).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 30, 2003. At its meeting on May 5, 2003, the Faculty Council elected the following officers to serve on the Faculty Council Executive Committee for 2003-2004: Linda Reichl,, chair elect, professor, physics; Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets: Kenneth Flamm, professor, LBJ School; Educational Policy Committee: Archie L. Holmes, associate professor, electrical and computer engineering, and Paul B. Woodruff, professor, philosophy; Faculty Welfare Committee: Sue A. Greninger, professor, human ecology. Also serving on the 2003-2004 executive committee are Peter F. Green (chemical engineering), incoming chair of the Graduate Assembly; and continuing members Marvin L, Hackert (chemistry and biochemistry), who will chair the Council in 2003-2004, Michael H. Granof (accounting), who is this year's chair, and the secretary.

  • Schedule for Meetings of the Faculty Council in 2003-2004 (D 2530).
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 30, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 5, 2003.

  • Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council (2531).
    Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 5, 2003.

  • Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Council Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women (D 2532-2533)
    Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2003. Approved by the Faculty Council on May 5, 2003. Transmitted to the president on May 13, 2003. On June 2, 2003, the president appointed Dr. Archie L. Holmes to serve on the Men's Intercollegiate Athletics Council and on August 12, 2003, Dr. David P. Morton to serve on the Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Council. Both are four-year appointments beginning September 1, 2003, expiring on August 31, 2007.