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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

REVISION OF THE HANDBOOK OF OPERATING PROCEDURE, CHAPTER I, SECTION V. CLARIFYING THE VOTING RIGHTS OF FACULTY IN COLLEGES, SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS

On behalf of the Faculty Council Executive Committee, Professor Alan Friedman (English, and chair elect) submitted the following proposal, which will add clarity to the voting rights of faculty in colleges, schools and departments. The secretary has classified this as general legislation; it will be presented to the Faculty Council for consideration at its meeting on February 14, 2011. Final approval of this legislation resides with UT System.

On January 24, 2011, the Faculty Council approved related legislation revising the voting rights of the General Faculty (D 8512-8513). On February 7, it was approved by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis and is now pending approval from the president. Final approval of this legislation also resides with UT System.

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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council and General Faculty



REVISION OF THE HANDBOOK OF OPERATING PROCEDURE, CHAPTER I, SECTION V. CLARIFYING THE VOTING RIGHTS OF FACULTY IN COLLEGES, SCHOOLS AND DEPARTMENTS


CHAPTER 1 - FACULTY GOVERNANCE
Section V. COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND DEPARTMENTS
B. Departments and Non-Departmentalized Schools/Colleges.
1 A faculty member shall have voting status in a department or non-departmentalized school/college on departmental/non-departmentalized school/college matters if:
a. He or she holds a full-time appointment in that department and holds the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, or any non-tenure-track title. The assignment of a faculty member to [an administrative post,]1 released time for research, career development, an endowed chair or such other activities as may be approved by the president shall not jeopardize the voting status of the individual under this provision. Or

{No changes to 1.b or 2. except those made in D 8512-8513.}

3. Faculty members serving as administrators do not, for that reason alone, lose their voting rights in their departments or schools. Nevertheless, impartiality dictates that those serving in decision-making roles regarding personnel (such as Deans, the Provost, and members of the President's Promotion and Tenure Committee) shall not participate in decisions or investigations at the departmental or school/college level that they are authorized to review subsequently. Similarly, faculty members who serve on personnel review committees, such as Grievance, CCAFR, and school/college Promotion and Tenure Committees, shall either recuse themselves from reviewing matters on which they have already participated or refrain from participation in decisions or investigations at the departmental or school/college level that they are authorized to review subsequently. In matters such as curriculum review, participation at both the departmental/school and review levels is appropriate.

Rationale for change: This modification of voting rights is intended to clarify what is already a frequent practice used across campus. It is proposed as a way of addressing possible conflict of interest: neither administrators nor faculty should be a in a position to review or determine personnel decisions on which they have already participated.



1Corrections made on February 8 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 8, 2011.