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Faculty Rules and Governance Committee

The Faculty Rules and Governance Committee (FR&G) met three times during the 2010-11 year (September 13, October 15, and November 12) and communicated through email. The committee developed seven proposals that were presented to the Faculty Council as follows:

  1. November 15, 2010: Proposed Revisions to the Departmental Budget Council Constitution and Authority in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 8456-8458).

Rationale: To update rules and clarify language.

  1. November 15, 2010: Proposed Change to the Handbook of Operating Procedures Regarding the Systems Faculty Advisory Council Representatives from UT Austin (D 8459).

Rationale: To change the rules for Systems faculty representatives to the chair and chair elect of the Faculty Council to improve communications between the two groups.

  1. November 15, 2010: Resolution from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Regarding Conferral of Degrees (D 8460).

Rationale: To authorize the conferral of degrees for 2010-11.

  1. December 6, 2010: Proposed Changes to the Attendance Policy for the Faculty Council in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 8484).

Rationale: To change the attendance rules to declare a vacancy if a voting member of the General Faculty misses two meetings without an excuse in an academic year.

  1. December 6, 2010: Proposed Changes to the Description of the Parliamentarian of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 8485-8486).

Rationale: To change the rules to the annual appointment of a parliamentarian to be nominated by the Faculty Council Executive Committee.

  1. December 6, 2010: Proposed Changes to the Description of the Secretary of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 8487).

Rationale: To elect the secretary prior to the start of the academic year for the year.

  1. January 24, 2011: Proposed Changes to the Voting Rights of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 8512-8513).

Rationale: To clarify voting rights and to maintain equity in the voting rights for all non-tenure-track faculty who meet the criteria described in the original HOP for instructors and lecturers.

In spring 2011, the committee elected Dean Neikirk as chair elect to serve as chair during 2011-12.

Janet Staiger, chair