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XVII.
MAJOR LEGISLATION.

D 8512-8513 Proposed Changes to the Voting Rights of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 10, 2011. The secretary has classified this as major legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council on January 24, 2011, and by the voting members of the General Faculty on February 7, 2011. Transmitted to the president on February 8, 2011. On February 10, 2011, President Powers requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Dr. Steve Leslie and Mrs. Patricia Ohlendorf. On March 8, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the legislation. On October 20, 2011, the secretary received an update from the President's office indicating that the current wording of the proposal raises questions of intent and interpretation, which will need to be answered by the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee before action will be taken by the president. Final approval of this legislation resides with the UT System.

D 8624-8628 Proposed Revisions to UT Austin’s HOP 3.16 Threatened Faculty Retrenchment.Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2011. The secretary has classified this as emergency major legislation. The legislation was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 11, 2011, and then by the General Faculty on a no-protest basis on April 28, 2011. It was transmitted to the president on April 29, 2011. On April 29, 2011, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steven Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. The Faculty Council Executive Committee withdrew this item following revisions. The revised proposal can be found under D 8936-8939. Notice of no-protest for D 8624-8628 can be found under D 8659.

D 8936-8939 Proposed Revisions to UT Austin’s HOP 3.16 Threatened Faculty Retrenchment. Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 30, 2011. The Secretary has classified this as major legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on September 19, 2011. The General Faculty approved the legislation on a no-protest basis on October 5, 2011. It was transmitted to the president on October 7, 2011. In a letter dated October 13, 2011, the president’s office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. On December 16, 2011, Provost Leslie responded with his recommendation for approval. On February 24, 2012, President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. This proposal replaces D 8624-8628, which was withdrawn. Final approval resides with UT System. Also see D 9007 Notice of No-Protest Procedure.

On June 20, 2012, the legislation was returned to the Faculty Council having been reviewed and returned by UT System with several concerns. These are summarized in the attachment to the letter from the president's office. The Faculty Council Executive Committee and the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee have been asked to reconsider the proposal in light of Mr. Sharpton's comments.