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To: Voting Members of the General Faculty
From: Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
Subject: Proposed Revisions to UT Austin's HOP 3.16--Threatened Faculty Retrenchment
Date: April 14, 2011

This notice is to inform you of your opportunity to either accept (by taking no action) or to protest (as described below) the proposed revisions to UT Austin's Handbook of Operating Procedures 3.16 pertaining to threatened faculty retrenchment. Because the proposal is classified as major legislation, it must, according to the by-laws of the Council, be submitted to the General Faculty on a no-protest basis.

The Faculty Council approved the original legislation (D 8009-8012) on May 10, 2010, and the General Faculty approved it on a no-protest basis on May 25, 2010. On June 1, 2010, President Bill Powers requested a written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie as well as Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia Ohlendorf. Provost Leslie responded to the president on June 17, 2010, recommending his disapproval as follows: "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 not be approved." In a letter dated September 15, 2010, President Powers concurred with the concerns expressed by Provost Leslie and returned the proposal to the Faculty Council for reconsideration.

During the current academic year, a compromise on the proposed legislation has been developed through the efforts of President Powers, Provost Leslie, Faculty Council Chair Dean Neikirk, and Past Council Chair Janet Staiger. The revised legislation adheres very closely to the Regents Rules, expanding only to specify how The University of Texas at Austin will handle matters locally. You may review the revised legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Faculty Council at its April 11th meeting, at the following link: D 8624-8628. The legislation will be formally transmitted to the president for approval as General Faculty legislation unless 25 voting members of the General Faculty submit written protests to the secretary by April 28, 2011. If sufficient protests are received, the legislation will be presented to the General Faculty for discussion at a specially scheduled meeting. Protests, including the name of the protestor and the reason(s) for the protest, may be sent to the Office of the General Faculty by email at or mailed to one of the following addresses:

Campus Mail:
WMB 2.102, F9500.

U.S. Mail:
Office of the General Faculty
University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7816
Austin, TX 78713-7816