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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


Dean Richard Lariviere of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the requirements for graduation in the College of Liberal Arts of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school and the dean approved the proposed changes on December 5, 2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on April 1, 2006. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on April 10, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 11, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 1, 2006, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on May 8, 2006.

Greninger signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

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CHANGES IN REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


On page 267, under the heading GRADUATION, in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the College of Liberal Arts must also fulfill the following requirements.


1. The University requires that the student complete in residence at least sixty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree. For the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, and the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, these sixty hours must include at least eighteen hours in the major. For the Bachelor of Arts, Plan II, thirty of these sixty hours must be taken in the College of Liberal Arts or the College of Natural Sciences.

2. The University requires that at least six semester hours of advanced coursework in the major be completed in residence. For additional requirements of the College of Liberal Arts, see the major requirements of the Bachelor of Arts, Plan I, pages 272-280, and the requirements of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology, pages 283-284.

[3. An Air Force, Army, or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps student who elects the basic and/or advanced program in air force science, military science, or naval science will not be approved for graduation until the student’s government contract is completed or the student is released from the ROTC.]

3. Students may not complete degree requirements at another institution of higher education during the semester in which the degree is to be conferred.


RATIONALE: Deletion: The College of Liberal Arts has decided to separate degree completion from the act of military commissioning. ROTC requires that we provide them with a letter stating that a student has graduated before they will commission a student, and this is sufficient proof that a student is meeting his or her government contract. The award of degree itself should not be dependent on non-academic issues, and graduation certification should not be dependent upon being commissioned in the United States Armed Forces. In addition, current policy generates artificially induced time stressors on the certification of ROTC/graduation candidates, academic advisers, and military staff.  Finally, we have reviewed the ROTC policies of all Undergraduate Colleges and Schools at the University, and have found that most do not require commissioning into the military as a prerequisite to earning a degree.


Addition:This is the College of Liberal Arts’ current policy and that of most of the Undergraduate Colleges at UT. We are adding this to the catalog only to reinforce/better advertise current policy to students. We require that all transfer work appear on a student’s UT record before we will allow a student to apply for graduation.