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VII.
REPORTS FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE GENERAL FACULTY.

D 7436-7437 Proposal to Disband the Commencement and Academic Ceremonies Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on November 10, 2009, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on November 16, 2009. Transmitted to the president on November 17, 2009. In a letter dated November 23, 2009, Dr. Charles Roeckle, on behalf of the president, asked the provost to provide written recommendations regarding this legislation. Provost Leslie recommended approval in a letter dated December 18, 2009. Approved by the president on January 11, 2010.

D 7786-7787 Resolution Affirming Ethical Research Standards. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 20, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president for his information on January 26, 2010. In a letter dated February 2, 2010, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the resolution. No further action is required.

D 7788-7789 Proposal to Revise the Membership and Election of Faculty to the Faculty Council Executive Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 20, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on January 26, 2010. In a letter dated January 28, 2010, written recommendations regarding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. Approval was recommended by both Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf, and on March 10, 2010, final approval was received from the president’s office.

D 7790 Proposal to Create a Student Life and Activities Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 20, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on January 26, 2010. In a memorandum dated January 28, 2010, written recommendations regarding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie, Vice President González, Mr. DeLoss Dodds, and Ms. Chris Plonsky. Approval was recommended by Provost Leslie, and on March 10, 2010, final approval was received from the president’s office.

D 7791-7806 Proposal to Change The Principles for the Development of the Academic Calendar. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 20, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on January 26, 2010. In a letter dated January 28, 2010, written recommendations regarding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. In a letter dated March 18, 2010, the president upon the recommendations of Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf granted final approval.

D 7825-7844

Proposed revisions of the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Sections 3.18 and 4.03 from the Faculty Grievance Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 9, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on February 15, 2010. Transmitted to the president on February 16, 2010. In a letter dated March 22, 2010, the president's office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. Upon the recommendations from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf, the proposals were approved by the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 23, 2010.

  • Faculty Grievance Procedure (D 7825-7835).
  • Assistant and Assistant Instructor Grievance Procedures (D 7836-7844). This legislation supersedes D 6174-6183, which has been withdrawn.
D 7845-7846 Proposal to Changes to the Functions of the Committee on Committees and the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 9, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on February 15, 2010. Transmitted to the president on February 16, 2010. In a letter dated February 18 2010, written recommendations regarding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf.

D 7847-7849

Resolution to Raise the Minimum Student Academic Employee Salaries to a Standard Consistent with a Living Wage for Austin, Texas. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 9, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on February 15, 2010. Transmitted to the president on February 16, 2010. President Powers acknowledged receipt of the resolution in a letter dated March 3, 2010, stating

I appreciate the Council’s desire for graduate student compensation to be competitive and to meet or exceed estimates for Austin’s living wage, while not compromising the teaching and research mission of the University.

D 7976-7978 Proposals from the Faculty Committee on Committees Affecting Terms of Service, Term Limits, Chairs, and Chair Elects. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 12. 2010. Approved by the Faculty Council on March 22, 2010. Transmitted to the president on March 23, 2010. In a letter dated March 26, 2010, written recommendations regarding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie , Vice President Hegarty, and Vice President Ohlendorf. In a letter dated June 28, 2010, Provost Leslie submitted his recommendation for partial approval and partial disapproval of the eight proposals as follows:
  1. Disapproval of the proposal for the Faculty Advisory Committee on Budgets to elect its own chair. The provost stated, “I believe it is important that the president be able to select a chair with demonstrated leadership and collaboration skills.”
  2. Approval of changing the standard terms on faculty standing committees from two to three years.
  3. Disapproval of the extension of service to a maximum of six, eight, and twelve years on committees with two, three, and five year terms of service. The provost indicated that the two-term limit should not be changed and referenced his comment relating to proposal two.
  4. Approval of the first rule providing for three-year chair limits for committees with three-year terms and disapproval of the second rule providing for eight years on committees with five-year terms.
  5. Approval of the proposal that creates a deadline for selection of the chair elect.
  6. Disapproval of the proposal that would allow chair elects to serve beyond term limits. However, the provost indicated that he “would be inclined to approve the first two sentences of the proposal."
  7. Disapproval of the proposal that allows past chairs to serve an additional year. The provost indicated that he would approve the proposal if amended with the stipulation that no committee member (including pas chairs) is allowed to serve beyond two continuous terms.
  8. Approval of the proposal that seeks to clarify rules for selection of vice chair and chair elect.
D 7979

Proposal from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Recommending Changes to the Parliamentarian Language in the Rules and Regulations. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 12. 2010. Approved by the Faculty Council on March 22, 2010. Transmitted to the president on March 23, 2010. In a letter dated March 26, 2010, written recommendations re garding the legislation were requested from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. In a letter dated June 30, 2010, Provost Leslie recommended disapproval of the proposal. He suggested resolving the conflict by retaining the first sentence of HOP C.1, Sec I, D.4., and striking the second sentence, which would then read as follows:

The Parliamentarian shall be appointed annually by the President upon the advice of the Faculty Council, and may be reappointed.

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 8004-8005 Proposal to Modify the Criteria for the Global Cultures Flag. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 31, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Due to a lack of quorum at the meeting on April 12, 2010, the vote on the legislation was presented to the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis and approved on April 26, 2010. Transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on April 27, 2010. Approved by the provost on behalf of the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 29, 2010. Final approval received from the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 24, 2010.

D 8006-8008 Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Revise Q-Drop Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on March 31, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Due to a lack of quorum at the meeting on April 12, 2010, the vote on the legislation was presented to the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis and approved on April 26, 2010. Transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on April 27, 2010. Approved by the provost on behalf of the president and transmitted to the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on April 29, 2010. Final approval received from the executive vice chancellor for academic affairs on May 24, 2010.

D 8009-8012

Proposed Revisions to UT Austin’s HOP 3.16: Threatened Faculty Retrenchment. 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 8074-8075 Proposal to Change the Function and Composition of the C-13 Information Technology Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 26. 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. Due to time constraints at the Faculty Council meeting on May 10, 2010, the Council voted to consider this proposal on a no-protest basis. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 26, 2010. On May 27, 2010, the president's office requested written recommendations from the provost and the vice president and chief financial officer regarding this legislation. On June 30, 2010, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal with a note that if the proposal to extend standard term limits from two to three years (D 7976-7978) “is approved, then for this legislation the president should be given a slate which includes four members of college IT committees, of whom two will be selected each year. With staggered terms, two of the six IT committee representatives will roll off each year and need to be replaced.”

D 8076-8077 Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on May 5. 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation.Due to time constraints at the Faculty Council meeting on May 10, 2010, the Council voted to consider the nominations for appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Council on a no-protest basis. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 26, 2010. On June 4, 2010, President Powers appointed Dr. Edmund T. Gordon (director, African and African Diaspora studies) to serve on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men and Tasha S. Philpot (associate professor, government) to serve on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women. Each new member will serve a four-year term from September 1, 2010, through August 31, 2014.

D 8080 Motion to Change the Composition of the C-12 Responsibilities, Rights, and Welfare of Graduate Student Academic Employees Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 28. 2010. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. Due to time constraints at the Faculty Council meeting on May 10, 2010, the Council voted to consider this motion on a no-protest basis. Approved by the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. Transmitted to the president on May 26, 2010. On May 27, 2010, the president's office requested a written recommendation from the provost regarding this legislation. On June 30, 2010, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On July 14, 2010, the legislation received final approval from the president.

D 8204-8282 Annual Reports of the Standing Committees of the General Faculty for 2009-2010. Posted on the Faculty Council web site on August 19, 2010. Transmitted to the president for his review and information. No action required.