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XVII.
MAJOR LEGISLATION.

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. On February 23, 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. On March 22, 2007, the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs sent a letter to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board asking for approval and referenced a letter dated March 15, 2007, which indicated that final approval would be granted upon approval of D 6802-6803. Final approval of D 6802-6803 received from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on April 3, 2009.

D 7980-7981 Proposal from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Recommending Changes to the Voting Rights for Non-Tenure Track Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 8. 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as major legislation. It was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 22, 2010. The proposal was returned to the committee for revisions, and was replaced by D 8065-8066, which was subsequently withdrawn by the Council at its meeting on May 10, 2010.

D 7982-7983a School of Undergraduate Studies Governance Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 17. 2010. T The secretary has classified this proposal as major legislation. It was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on March 22, 2010. Due to a lack of quorum at the April 12, 2010, meeting, the vote on the legislation was postponed until May 10, 2010. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 10, 2010. Approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 27, 2010, with a minor amendment in response to a protest filed from a General Faculty member:
Each spring the Faculty Council will solicit nominations, including self-nominations, of the General Faculty for membership on UGSAC. [No nominations will be accepted from the four schools and colleges represented by continuing elected members.] Faculty from the four schools and colleges currently represented by continuing elected members are not eligible to be nominated.

Rationale: It seems unreasonable to bar faculty from those ineligible colleges from nominating eligible colleagues.
On June 1, 2010, the president requested a written recommendation from the provost regarding this legislation. Provost Leslie responded to the president on June 15, 2010, recommending approval. Final approval was received from the president on June 16, 2010. On June 18, 2010, School of Undergraduate Studies Dean Paul Woodruff wrote to the president in support of the legislation.

Also see D 8099 Notice of No-Protest Procedure for the School of Undergraduate Studies Governance Procedures (D 7982-7983a).

D 8009-8012 HOP 3.16: Threatened Faculty Entrenchment. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 16. 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as major legislation. Due to a lack of quorum at the April 12, 2010, meeting, the vote on the legislation was postponed until May 10, 2010. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on May 10, 2010.Approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 27, 2010. On June 1, 2010, the president requested a written recommendation from the provost and the vice president for legal affairs regarding this legislation. Provost Leslie responded to the president on June 17, 2010, recommending disapproval stating

I am concerned that this legislation departs substantially from UT System guidelines. It reduces excessively the decision-making authority of the president as it relates to selection of the faculty committee, and I recommend that this legislation no be approved.

Also see D 8100 Notice of No-Protest Procedure for the Proposed Revisions to UT Austin's Hop 3.16 Threatened Faculty Retrenchment (D 8009-8012).

D 8065-8066 Revisions to the Proposed Changes to the Voting Rights of the General Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 19. 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as major legislation. To be presented and acted on by the Council at it's meeting on May 10, 2010. The proposal was withdrawn by voice vote at the May 10, 2010, Faculty Council meeting. This legislation replaced the earlier proposal (D 7980-7981).

D 8099 Notice of No-Protest Procedure for the School of Undergraduate Studies Governance Procedures (D 7982-7983a). Distributed to the voting members of the General Faculty via email and by posting on the Faculty Council web site on May 12, 2010. The legislation was approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 27, 2010, with a minor amendment in response to a protest filed from a General Faculty member:
Each spring the Faculty Council will solicit nominations, including self-nominations, of the General Faculty for membership on UGSAC. [No nominations will be accepted from the four schools and colleges represented by continuing elected members.] Faculty from the four schools and colleges currently represented by continuing elected members are not eligible to be nominated.

Rationale: It seems unreasonable to bar faculty from those ineligible colleges from nominating eligible colleagues.
On June 1, 2010, the president requested a written recommendation from the provost regarding this legislation. Provost Leslie responded to the president on June 15, 2010, recommending approval. Final approval was received from the president on June 16, 2010. On June 18, 2010, School of Undergraduate Studies Dean Paul Woodruff wrote to the president in support of the legislation.

D 8100 Notice of No-Protest Procedure for the Proposed Revisions to UT Austin’s Hop 3.16 Threatened Faculty Retrenchment (D 8009-8012). Distributed to the voting members of the General Faculty via email and by posting on the Faculty Council web site on May 12, 2010. The legislation was approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 27, 2010. On June 1, 2010, the president requested a written recommendation from the provost and the vice president for legal affairs regarding this legislation. Provost Leslie responded to the president on June 17, 2010, recommending disapproval stating
I am concerned that this legislation departs substantially from UT System guidelines. It reduces excessively the decision-making authority of the president as it relates to selection of the faculty committee, and I recommend that this legislation no be approved.