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XVI.
GENERAL/MINOR LEGISLATION.

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 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.

D 3208-3209 Recommendation for Change in The Handbook of Operating Procedures Concerning Disciplining of a Faculty Member — Cosponsored by the Committee of Counsel on Academic Freedom and Responsibility and the Faculty Grievance Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 8, 2004. Approved by Faculty Council on April 12, 2004. Transmitted to the president on April 13, 2004, and subsequently disapproved by the administration. A revised version of this legislation (D 3734-3736) was approved by the Faculty Council on March 21 and was transmitted to the president on March 23, 2005.

D 3276-3277 Educational Policy Committee Resolution on the Legislative Requirement. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 4, 2004. Approved by Faculty Council on May 10, 2004. Transmitted to the provost on May 12, 2004. See D 2826 for background information. Approved by the president and transmitted to Chancellor Mark G. Yudof on June 3, 2004.

D 3281-3282 Proposed Revision of The Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.18 Regarding Discovery and the Rights of Parties when a Formal Hearing is to be Held. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 4, 2004. Approved by Faculty Council on May 10, 2004. Transmitted to the president on May 12, 2004. On February 21, 2005, the Faculty Council approved the revised version of this recommendation (D 3719-3720).

D 3690 Proposal to Change the Title and Function of the Responsibilities, Rights, and Welfare of Teaching Assistants and Assistant Instructors Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 10, 2004. The original motion (D 3637) was presented to the Faculty Council for discussion at its meeting on November 15, 2004. The Faculty Council approved the revised legislation at its meeting on January 24, 2005. Transmitted to the president on January 26, 2005. Approved by the president on February 21, 2005. No further action is required.

D 3694 Motion to Create an Information Technology Standing Committee of the General Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 20, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 24, 2005. Chair Linda Reichl transmitted the legislation to the Committee on Committees for further review on January 26, 2005. See Committee on Committee recommendation to create an Information Technology Standing Committee (D 3715-3716).

D 3695-3697 Motion to Create an Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Ownership of Course Instructor Surveys. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on January 20, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 24, 2005. Council members were asked to submit nominations for committee membership. Chair Linda Reichl, in consultation with the Faculty Council Executive Committee, appointed the following faculty to serve on the committee: Marvin Hackert, chair (chemistry), Michael Granof (accounting), Michael Sharlot (law), Janet Staiger (radio-television-film), and Marilla Svinicki (educational psychology).

D 3715-3716 Committee on Committees Recommendation to Create an Information Technology Standing Committee of the General Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 18, 2005. Approved by Faculty Council on February 21, 2005. Transmitted to the president on February 24, 2005. Approved by the president on March 14, 2005. No further action is required.

D 3717-3718 Revised Recommendation from the Committee on Committees to amend the Faculty Council rule governing eligibility for reappointment to Standing Committees. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on February 18, 2005. Approved by Faculty Council on February 21, 2005. Transmitted to the president on February 24, 2005. Approved by the president on March 14, 2005. No further action is required.

D 3765-3773 Recommendations for Changes in Mission, Name, or Composition for Standing Committees of the General Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. Amended and approved by the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. Transmitted to the president on April 12, 2005. Approved by the president on June 14, 2005.

D 3787-3805 Recommendations from the Educational Policy Committee and the Admissions and Registration Committee. The following items were posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005, and presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. On April 11, 2005, the items appeared on the Council's agenda as action items. However, due to lack of time, they were addressed and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005.Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005.
  • Educational Policy Committee Proposal Recommending the Continuation and Expansion of the Bridging Disciplines Program (BDP) as an Interdisciplinary Certificate Program (D 3787-3788).
  • Educational Policy Committee Resolution Endorsing the Recommendation from the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy Limiting Undergraduate Students to Ten Semesters In Residence (D 3789-3790).
  • Educational Policy Committee Recommendation that University Grade Point Average be Based on In Residence Grade Point Average (D 3791).
  • Educational Policy Committee Recommendation to Eliminate the Table of Scholastic Standards and to Change the Criteria for Probation and Dismissal (D 3792-3795).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in the Readmission after Second Dismissal Policy (D 3796-3797).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in Enrollment as a Nondegree Seeker (D 3798-3800).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendation for Change in the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) Policy (D 3801-3803).
  • Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Increasing the Number of Transfer Credit Required for Admission from Twenty-four to Thirty (D 3804-3805).
D 3806-3807 Committee on Committees' Proposal to Change the Rules and Regulations Relating to the Election of Chairs of Standing Committees. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 10, 2005. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 21. Approved by the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. Transmitted to the president on April 12, 2005. Approved by the president on June 14, 2005.

D 3835-3844 Proposals from the Educational Policy Committee.

The following items were posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 11, 2005. Archie Holmes, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, was to present the following proposals to the Council at it's meeting on April 11, 2005. However, due to lack of time, the presentations were postponed until the Council meeting on May 9, 2005, at which time each item was approved. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005.
  • Proposal to improve course availability for undergraduates (D 3835-3837)
  • Proposal to change the definition of University Honors (D 3838-3840)
  • Proposal to restrict the number of times a student can apply for an internal transfer (D 3841-3842)
  • Proposal to require 15 or more hours for merit-based scholarships (D 3843-3844)

D 3845 Resolution Regarding the Jackson School of Geosciences. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 11, 2005.On March 11, 2005, the Council endorsed the resolution by count of hands, 22 to 6. Transmitted to the president on April 12, 2005.

D 3936 Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 5, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2005. No further action is required.

D 3937 Schedule for Meetings of the Faculty Council in 2005-2006. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 5, 2005. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 9, 2005. No further action is required.