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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

SECRETARY’S REPORT
September 17, 2007

I.
COMMENTS — None.

II.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTION COMMITTEES APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENT.

On May 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for H. Paul Kelley, professor emeritus, educational psychology: Barbara Dodd (chair), William R. Koch, and Earl Jennings.

On May 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Kurth Sprague, associate professor emeritus, American studies: Elspeth D. Rostow (chair), Jeffrey L. Meikle, and Mark C. Smith.

On June 13, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Gordon Bennett, associate professor, government: Gary P. Freeman (chair), David F. Prindle, and Yvonne Change.

On July 19, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Verne Grant, professor emeritus, integrative biology: Billie Turner (chair), Don Levin, and Beryl Simpson.

On July 19, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Norm Hackerman, president emeritus and professor emeritus, chemistry and biochemistry: Michael Starbird (chair), Peter T. Flawn, and Allen J. Bard.

On July 19, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for James Larimer, professor emeritus, neurobiology: Harold Zakon (chair), George Pollak, and Austen F. Riggs.

On August 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Burke Haycock Judd, professor, integrative biology: Hugh S. Forrest (chair), H. Eldon Sutton, and Austen F. Riggs.

On August 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Margaret Anne Eppright, professor emeritus, human ecology: Margaret Briley (chair), Jeanne Freeland-Graves, and Roseann Loop.

III.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS PENDING COMPLETION BY COMMITTEE.

On January 18, 2005, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Mary Frances Flournoy, professor, curriculum and instruction: Lawrence Abraham (chair).

On May 24, 2005, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Charles W. Scherr, professor emeritus, physics: James C. Browne (chair) and Lothar W. Frommhold.

On January 23, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Francisco Arumi Noe, professor, architecture: Daniel E. Leary (chair), Kent S. Butler, and Richard P. Swallow.

On March 2, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Stephen Lee McDonald, professor emeritus, economics: Vincent J. Geraci (chair), Douglas C. Dacy, and William P. Glade.

On April 25, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Josephine Peters


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Wortham, assistant professor, curriculum and instruction: Elaine Danielson (chair), Julie Jensen, and Jim Guszak.

On June 28, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Yuval Ne’eman, professor emeritus, economics: Austin M. Gleeson (chair), Thomas A. Griffy, and George Sudershan.

On June 28, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Milo W. Weaver, associate professor emeritus, mathematics: Efraim Armendariz (chair), John R. Durbin, and William T. Guy.

On July 21, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Frederick Matsen, professor emeritus, chemistry and biochemistry: Austin Gleeson (chair) and Robert E. Wyatt.

On July 31, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Richard Schaedel, professor emeritus, anthropology: Maria Wade (chair), Claud Bramblett, and Henry Selby.

On October 20, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for James N. Douglas, professor emeritus, astronomy: Derek Wills (chair), Beverly Wills, and Frank Bash.

On October 20, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Raja Rao, professor emeritus, philosophy: Alexander Mourelatos (chair), George Sudershan, and Linda Mackey.

On October 30, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for William Moore, professor, educational administration: James Yates (chair), William Lasher, and John Roueche.

On November 10, 2006, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Edward Cundiff, professor emeritus, marketing and advertising: Isabella Cunningham (chair), William Cunningham, Linda Gerber, Eliz P. Cox, and Gary Wilcox.

On February 1, 2007, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Robert Solomon, professor, philosophy: David Sosa (chair), Nicholas Asher, and James Pennebaker.

On February 20, 2007, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Jack Edgar Myers, professor emeritus, molecular cell and developmental biology: Austen Riggs (chair), Hugh Forrest, and R. Malcolm Brown.

On March 12, 2007, a committee was appointed 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.

On April 16, 2007, a committee was appointed to prepare a memorial resolution for Ruth Denney, professor emeritus, theatre and dance: Rod Caspers (chair), Coleman A. Jennings, and Oscar G. Brockett.

On May 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for H. Paul Kelley, professor emeritus, educational psychology: Barbara Dodd (chair), William R. Koch, and Earl Jennings.

On May 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Kurth Sprague, associate professor emeritus, American studies: Elspeth D. Rostow (chair), Jeffrey L. Meikle, and Mark C. Smith.

On June 13, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Gordon Bennett, associate professor, government: Gary P. Freeman (chair), David F. Prindle, and Yvonne Change.


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On July 19, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Verne Grant, professor emeritus, integrative biology: Billie Turner (chair), Don Levin, and Beryl Simpson.

On July 19, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Norm Hackerman, president emeritus and professor emeritus, chemistry and biochemistry: Michael Starbird (chair), Peter T. Flawn, and Allen J. Bard.

On July 19, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for James Larimer, professor emeritus, neurobiology: Harold Zakon (chair), George Pollak, and Austen F. Riggs.

On August 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Burke Haycock Judd, professor, integrative biology: Hugh S. Forrest (chair), H. Eldon Sutton, and Austen F. Riggs.

On August 1, 2007, President Powers appointed the following committee to prepare a memorial resolution for Margaret Anne Eppright, professor emeritus, human ecology: Margaret Briley (chair), Jeanne Freeland-Graves, and Roseann Loop.

IV.
MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS COMPLETED.

D 5397 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Leonard Posner.
D 5398-5400 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Francis (Frank) B. May.
D 5401 In Memoriam, Joseph Michel.
D 5402-5403 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Charles Nathaniel Friedman.
D 5404-5406 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Abram Amsel.
D 5408-5411 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Stanley Newman Werbow.
D 5412-5413 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Joel O. Hougen.
D 5468 2006-2007 Report on Faculty Memorials.
D 5554-5555 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Thomas Marschall Runge.
D 5556-5557 Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Frank Emmett Gerth III.

V.
CHANGES IN MEMBERSHIP OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

Effective August 31, 2007, Senior Vice President William S. Livingston resigned from the University.

Effective September 1, 2007, Student Government representatives on the Faculty Council with vote are Keshav Rajagopalan (junior, communication studies, Plan II), Andrew C. Solomon (junior, radio-television-film), and Nicole E. Trinh (senior, families and society).

Effective September 1, 2007, Senate College Councils representatives on the Faculty Council with vote are Samuel Reid Long (senior, chemistry, Plan II) and Stephen Myers (senior, government).

Effective September 1, 2007, Senate of Graduate Student Assembly representatives on the Faculty Council with vote are Brian C. Gatten (English) and Travis Witherspoon (energy and earth resources).



Effective September 1, 2007, Staff Council representatives on the Faculty Council without vote are Bretna Hackert (senior systems analyst, Office of Accounting) and Michael J. McFarlin (development specialist, College of Liberal Arts).

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

A. ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 3835-3837 Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Improve Course Availability

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  for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 11, 2005. In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger (secretary, Faculty Council), President Powers disapproved section 2 and 4, and he approved section 3 with modifications; sections 1 and 5 are pending further review and recommendations from the provost. Following is the historical tracking of the legislation to date.

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 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."


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  In a letter to Provost Leslie dated March 13, 2007, President Powers stated "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 3835-3837 to you for review, comment, and recommendation."

In a letter dated April 10, 2007, to President Powers, Provost Leslie recommended disapproval of items 2 and 4. Regarding item 3, he suggested "further modifications that serve to include the list in the original legislation that should be included on the course syllabus. This list is as follows:

Course name and number;
Faculty member name;
Faculty member office location and office hours;
TA name, office location and office hours if course has a TA;
Overview of course, including course prerequisites;
Grading policy for course, including whether class attendance is used in determining the grade;
Dates during semester for examinations and assignments that count 20% or more of the total course grade;
Final exam date and time;
Required materials for the course (textbooks, supplies, packets, etc.);
Course website; and statement:
The University of 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, 471-6441 TTY."

The provost also agreed with the "recommendation to approve item 5 with the modification that limitation in Q drops be increased to four rather than three as suggested in the legislation."

In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger, President Powers responded to Provost Leslie’s recommendations of April 10, 2007, with the following:

Section1: Before taking action on the recommended approval, President Powers is “asking Provost Leslie to work with Mr. Shelby Stanfield, Registrar, to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review. ”
Section 2: President Powers concurred with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove this item.
Section 3: President Powers approved the provost’s recommendation for approval with modifications.
Section 4: President Powers agreed with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove the item.
Section 5: Before taking action on the recommendation for approval, the president is “asking Provost Leslie to work with the Registrar to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review.”

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 Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review 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. In an

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  email message to Dean Rankin dated May 4, 2007, Vice Provost Terri Givens indicated that the legislation received final approval from UT System on June 9, 2006.

D 5316-5318 Educational Policy Committee Motion Regarding Plus/Minus Grading for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 10, 2007. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Faculty Council action was postponed due to lack of a quorum at its meeting on May 7, 2007. Approved by the Council at its special meeting on May 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on May 16, 2007. On June 13, 2007, President Powers requested that the provost review the legislation and provide comment and recommendation. In a letter to the president dated June 18, 2007, the provost recommended approval. Approved by the president in a letter dated June 20, 2007.

D 5322-5323 Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and Women and to the University Co-op Board of Directors. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 10, 2007. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 2007. The president appointed Professor Alba A. Ortiz to serve on the Men's Intercollegiate Athletics Council and Professor Robert A. Prentice to serve on the Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Council. The president appointed Professor Steven Goode to the University Co-op Board of Directors. All are four-year appointments beginning September 1, 2007, expiring on August 31, 2011.

D 5330 Recommendation to Update the Composition of Information Technology Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 10, 2007. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. The Council approved the legislation at its special meeting on May 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on May 16, 2007. In a memorandum dated June 20, 2007, the president requested written recommendations from the provost regarding the proposal. In a letter to President Powers dated July 16, 2007, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Approved by the president in a letter dated July 31, 2007.

D 5357-5359 Resolution from The Senate of College Councils Encouraging the Placement of the Honor Code on Course Syllabi. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 12, 2007. The Faculty Council created a resolution (D 5372) in response to the resolution from the Senate of College Councils. The Faculty Council resolution was approved at a special meeting on May 16, 2007. No further action is required.

D 5370 Resolution Expressing Support and Sympathy to Virginia Tech. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 3, 2007. Endorsed by the Faculty Council at its special meeting on May 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president for informational purposes. No further action is required.

D 5371 General Faculty Research Policy Committee Statement on Research Infrastructure Support. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 3, 2007. Presented to the Faculty Council at its special meeting on May 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president for informational purposes. No further action is required.

D 5372 Faculty Council Resolution Concerning the Honor Code. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 3, 2007. This item was in response to the


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  resolution from the Senate of College Councils encouraging the placement of the Honor Code on course syllabi (D 5357-5359). At a special meeting on May 16, 2007, the legislation was endorsed by the Faculty Council and transmitted to the president for informational purposes. No further action is required.

D 5373 Cancellation of Summer Faculty Council Meetings. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 3, 2007. Endorsed by the Faculty Council at its special meeting on May 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president for informational purposes. No further action is required.

D 5374 Schedule for Meetings of the Faculty Council in 2007-2008. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 3, 2007. Endorsed by the Faculty Council at its special meeting on May 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president for informational purposes. No further action is required.

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. Approved by the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 27, 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 interimexecutive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 10, 2006. Pending the approval of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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 interimexecutive vice chancellor for academic affairs on June 10, 2006. Approved by Dr. Pedro Reyes, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment, on March 15, 2007, and transmitted 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).


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  • 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 5155-5163 Final Version of the Amended Motion on Curricular Reform. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 22, 2006. The Faculty Council approved related legislation D 5097-5105 and D 5106-5114 at its meeting on November 20, 2006. The legislation resulting from the approval of these items was presented to the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on November 27, 2006, and approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on December 8. Transmitted to the president on December 12, 2006. See D 5154 for notice of no-protest procedure. Endorsed by the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor ad interim on February 19, 2007. Final approval received March 5, 2007, from the interim executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. The legislation was forwarded to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for their information.

In a letter dated March 12, 2007, President Powers wished "to congratulate the Faculty Council on the thorough deliberative process it used to consider this substantial undergraduate curricular reform." He also directed the provost to work with the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the other academic deans to implement the necessary degree changes.

In a letter dated March 15, 2007, to Joseph Stafford, assistant commissioner for academic affairs and research at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Pedro Reyes, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment, requested “approval to modify the core curriculum,” and later, “UT Austin has not yet developed specific University-wide lists of courses that will satisfy the new and modified core component areas, but we seek your approval to begin the process of amending degree plans to implement the new core, with the understanding that course lists will be developed and submitted for your approval as soon as possible.”

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

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. On May 11, 2007, Provost Steven Leslie transmitted the legislation to President Powers with recommendation for approval. On May 25, 2007, President Powers transmitted the legislation with recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor ad interim.

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


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  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. On May 11, 2007, Provost Steven Leslie transmitted the legislation to President Powers with recommendation for approval. On May 25, 2007, President Powers transmitted the legislation with recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor ad interim.

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 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. On May 11, 2007, Provost Steven Leslie transmitted the legislation to President Powers with recommendation for approval. On May 25, 2007, President Powers transmitted the legislation with recommendation for approval to the executive vice chancellor ad interim.

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.

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, 2006. 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. Approved by the provost and transmitted to the president on March 7, 2007. Approved by the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs ad interim on March 20, 2007. See D 5226 for notice of no-protest procedure.

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

D 5183 Faculty Welfare Committee Recommendations Concerning University Family Friendly Policies. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on


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  December 6, 2006. Presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on December 11, 2006. 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. On July 2, 2007, Provost Leslie sent a letter to the president recommending approval.

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. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 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. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 2007.

D 5320-5321 Recommendation to Update the Function of the Calendar Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 10, 2007. Amended and approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 16, 2007. Transmitted to the president on April 17, 2007.

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.

D 3835-3837 Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Improve Course Availability for Undergraduates. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 11, 2005. In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger (secretary, Faculty Council), President Powers disapproved section 2 and 4, and he approved section 3 with modifications; sections 1 and 5 are pending further review and recommendations from the provost. Following is the historical tracking of the legislation to date.

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


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  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 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 stated "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 3835-3837 to you for review, comment, and recommendation."

In a letter dated April 10, 2007, to President Powers, Provost Leslie recommended disapproval of items 2 and 4. Regarding item 3, he suggested "further modifications that serve to include the list in the original legislation that should be included on the course syllabus. This list is as follows:

Course name and number;
Faculty member name;
Faculty member office location and office hours;
TA name, office location and office hours if course has a TA;
Overview of course, including course prerequisites;
Grading policy for course, including whether class attendance is used in determining the grade;
Dates during semester for examinations and assignments that count 20% or more of the total course grade;
Final exam date and time;
Required materials for the course (textbooks, supplies, packets, etc.);
Course website; and statement:


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The University of 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, 471-6441 TTY."
The provost also agreed with the "recommendation to approve item 5 with the modification that limitation in Q drops be increased to four rather than three as suggested in the legislation."

In a letter dated June 13, 2007, to Sue Greninger, President Powers responded to Provost Leslie’s recommendations of April 10, 2007, with the following:
Section1: Before taking action on the recommended approval, President Powers is “asking Provost Leslie to work with Mr. Shelby Stanfield, Registrar, to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review. ”
Section 2: President Powers concurred with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove this item.
Section 3: President Powers approved the provost’s recommendation for approval with modifications.
Section 4: President Powers agreed with the provost’s recommendation to disapprove the item.
Section 5: Before taking action on the recommendation for approval, the president is “asking Provost Leslie to work with the Registrar to review the proposal in light of Senate Bill 1231 and provide a further recommendation after that review.”

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 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, 2006. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 22, 2007. Transmitted to the provost on January 23, 2007.

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. 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. 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


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  Council web site on March 14, 2007. 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.

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

VIII.
LEGISLATION UNDER REVIEW BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL.

D 5558-5559 Removal of CH 314N from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the School of Nursing Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted as no-protest legislation on the Faculty Council web site on September 6, 2007. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by September 20, 2007, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting on October 15, 2007.

D 5560-5561 Addition of Coursework from Statistics and Scientific Computation to the Pre-Nursing Major in the School of Nursing Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2010. Posted as no-protest legislation on the Faculty Council web site on September 6, 2007. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by September 20, 2007, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting on October 15, 2007.

IX.
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.

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



Posted on the Faculty Council web site on September 13, 2007. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500