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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY’S REPORT
April 16, 2007

I. COMMENTS — None.

II. MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On March 12, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Daeshik Kim, associate professor, kinesiology and health education: Kenneth W. (Pete) Tyson (chair), Charles Craven, San Yoon, and Waneen Spirduso.

III. MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED — None.

IV. CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL — None.

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT— None.

B. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS — None.

C. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD.

D 4686-4710 Addition of the Jackson School of Geosciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2006, and approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Approved by the provost and an informational copy was transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Pending the approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

D 4711-4714 Changes in Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Asian Cultures and Languages and Asian Studies in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008.  Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2006, and approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approval given by the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 10, 2006. Pending the approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

D. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR.

D 4735-4738 Proposed Changes to the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 1, 2006, and approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Approval given by the interim

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  executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 10, 2006. Provost's office is determining whether or not these items need to go on to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Deletion of the Intercollege Major in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4735-4736).

  • Deletion of the Intercollege Major in Kinesiology and Health for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008 (D 4737-4738).
D 5117-5118 Proposed Addition of a Music Business Major to the Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 7, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 14, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on November 15, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 28, 2006.

D 5119-5120 Proposed Addition of a Recording Technology Major to the Bachelor of Music in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on November 7, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on November 14, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on November 15, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on November 28, 2006.

E. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

D 3719-3720 Revised Proposal for Revision of The Handbook of Operating Procedures Regarding Discovery and the Rights of Parties when a Formal Hearing is to be Held. 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. Letter dated June 14, 2005, from the president states that the proposal is "under review to determine whether necessary revisions address all substantive, legal, and terminological issues satisfactorily, and to determine whether the revised text corrects references to the Regents' Rules and conforms to the new format for the Handbook of Operating Procedures." Endorsed by President Faulkner and transmitted to the Office of General Counsel, UT System on August 12, 2005, for review.

D 3721-3722 Proposal for Language to be added to The Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.18 addressing Provost's Role in Grievance Procedures. 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. Letter dated June 14, 2005, from the president states that the proposal is "under review to determine whether necessary revisions address all substantive, legal, and terminological issues satisfactorily, and to determine whether the revised text corrects references to the Regents' Rules and conforms to the new format for the Handbook of Operating Procedures." Endorsed by President Faulkner and transmitted to the Office of General Counsel, UT System on August 12, 2005, for review.
D 3734-3736 Revision of the Recommendation for Change in The Handbook of Operating Procedures Concerning Disciplining of a Faculty Member. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 8, 2005. This legislation replaced D 3208-3209 and was approved by the Faculty Council on March

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  21, 2005. Transmitted to the president on March 23, 2005. Endorsed by President Faulkner and transmitted to the Office of General Counsel, UT System on August 12, 2005, for review.

F. ITEMS REFERRED BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE PROVOST FOR REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION.

D 3798-3800 Admissions and Registration Committee Proposed Recommendations for Change in Enrollment as a Nondegree Seeker. 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, it appeared on the Council's agenda as an action item. However, due to lack of time, it was 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 provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. As of January 19, 2006, this item is still under review.

D 3835-3837 Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Improve Course Availability for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 11, 2005. Archie Holmes, chair of the Educational Policy Committee, was to present the legislation to the Council at its meeting on April 11, 2005. However, due to lack of time, it was addressed and approved at the meeting on May 9, 2005. Transmitted to the president on May 10, 2005. Transmitted to the provost for his consideration and action on June 29, 2005. Transmitted to the president from the provost on January 19, 2006, with the following recommendations:

"I recommend approval of Sections 1 and 3.

"Section I recommends the creation of a new symbol, N, to be used when a student drops a course for documented non-academic reasons. Section 3 requires that faculty provide a syllabus with specified information. I recommend adding to Section 3 that the syllabus also provide a description of the course, an outline of the weekly topics, and faculty and TA office hours. In addition, I recommend that we ask faculty to include the statement, The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4641 TTY.

"I also recommend the approval of Section 5, which limits the number of Q drops, but with a modification. The proposed legislation recommends that a student who has received 3 Qs must have documented, non-academic reasons for any additional drops after the 12th class day. The limitation on Q drops is a very good idea. Based on the data provided by the Registrar's Office and consultation with academic advisors, however, I recommend that the recommended number be increased to 4. The purpose underlying the Faculty Council's proposal is maintained, and student progress is not reduced.

"I do not recommend approval of the proposed Sections 2 and 4.

"Section 2, which proposes changes to the current add and drop procedures, significantly shortens the period of time students have to add and drop courses each semester. Data prepared by the Registrar's Office indicate that these changes would have minimal impact on course availability and would

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  be costly to implement. In addition, because students would have less time to attend meetings of a course and thus consider whether a course is suitable for them, it is projected that the likelihood of adds and drops would increase substantially. In my opinion, this would not be a healthy outcome for the institution.

"Section 4, which addresses course repeat policy, puts restrictions on the number of times a student may register for the same course. Colleges and schools currently handle these restrictions quite successfully internally. They are in the best position to determine the most effective practice for the courses they offer. I recommend that college/school level discretion be continued."

In a letter to Provost Leslie dated March 13, 2007, President Powers states "Because of the significance of this proposal and the effect on the academic policy which you oversee, I am returning all five recommendations of D 3832-3837 to you for review, comment, and recommendation."

D 4567-4568 Changes to the Admissions Policy for entry Majors in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. Approved by the Undergraduate Degree Program Review Committee on March 30, 2006. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 13, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on April 21, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on April 24, 2006. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 31, 2006. Withdrawn from its submission to UT System by the provost in May 2006. The item is still under discussion in the Office of the Provost.

D 4779-4780 Revised Motion to Change the Definition of University Honors. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on May 4, 2006. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 8, 2006. Transmitted to the provost on May 9, 2006. Also see D 4524.

D 5183 Faculty Welfare Committee Recommendations Concerning University Family Friendly Policies. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 6, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Transmitted to the president on January 23, 2007. On March 8, 2007, the president referred the legislation to the provost for review and recommendations.

D 5189-5190 Natural Science Requirement of the Core Curriculum for all Undergraduate Students at UT Austin. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 11, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on February 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president for approval as General Faculty legislation on February 19, 2007. The president referred the legislation to the provost for review and recommendations. See D 5226 for notice of no-protest procedure.

D 5191-5194 Proposal from the Faculty Grievance Committee to Create an Office of the Faculty Ombudspersons. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on December 11, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on January 23, 2007.

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D 5280-5282 Addition of a Nursing Honors Program in the School of Nursing Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007. "

D 5283-5285 Deletion of the Music Theory Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

D 5286-5288 Changes to the Jazz Composition Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

D 5289-5291 Changes to the Jazz Performance Major in the College of Fine Arts Chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 14, 2007. This proposal is legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school. The proposal was approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on March 23, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on March 28, 2007.

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

VII. LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

D 5314-5315 Proposal to Revise the Principles for Development of the Academic Calendar Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on March 16, 2007. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 19, 2007. The Council will take action on the proposal at its meeting on April 16, 2007.

D 5316-5318 Educational Policy Committee Motion Regarding Plus/Minus Grading for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.

D 5319 Recommendation to update the Function of the University of Texas Libraries Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.

D 5320-5321 Recommendation to Update the Function of the Calendar Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 2, 2007. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.

D 5322-5323 Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Member for Appointment to the University Co-op board of Directors. Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. To be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007.


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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.


Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty and the Faculty Council


Posted on the Faculty Council Web site on April 10, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.