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SECRETARY’S REPORT
September 20, 2010

VII.
STATUS OF LEGISLATION APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

E. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

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 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 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.”

 

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