SECRETARY’S REPORT
September 19, 2011

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

A.
ITEMS COMPLETED SINCE THE LAST REPORT.

D 8460 Resolution from the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Regarding Conferral of Degrees. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 3, 2010, and approved by the Faculty Council on November 15, 2010. Transmitted to the President for his consideration on November 16, 2010. On November 22, 2010, President Powers asked Dr. Steven Leslie, Mr. Kevin Hegarty, and Mrs. Patricia Ohlenfordf for written recommendations regarding the resolution and its recommendation “that at the Spring Commencement Ceremony the Faculty Council’s delegation of this approval or disapproval to the deans be announced by the Faculty Council chair prior to the presentation of the candidates for graduation by the deans.” On December 7, 2010,, Provost Leslie submitted the following comments to the President:
...the second section (announcement of the delegation during Spring Commencement) is an inefficient use of time. Therefore, it is recommended that the Resolution not be approved in current form.
Given that this is a resolution endorsed by the Council, no further action is required.

D 8631-8632 Resolutions on the Faculty’s Role in the UT Austin Budget Process. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 5, 2011. The resolution was originally scheduled to be presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 11, 2011, but was postponed to May 9, 2011, due to lack of time. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council amended and then endorsed the resolution. It was transmitted to the President for his information on May 10, 2011. In a letter dated May 20, 2011, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the resolution stating, “As we continue to evaluate the processes by which budget decisions are made, I will keep in mind the recommendations of the Faculty Council.”

D 8657-8658 Update to the Science and Technology Part I Core Curriculum Course Lists for the Undergraduate Catalog, 2010-2012. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 19, 2011. The Secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. The proposed changes to the core course lists were reviewed and approved by UGSAC during its meetings on March 23, 2011. On April 18, 2011, the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval to the Faculty Council. On April 28, 2011, the Faculty Council approved this legislation on a no-protest basis. On April 29, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the Provost on behalf of the President. On May 2, 2011, Provost Leslie transmitted his recommendation for approval to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment at UT System. On June 22, 2011, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment transmitted notification of approval to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The THECB confirmed approval of the modification of the core curriculum, effective July 1, 2011.

D 8661 Schedule of Meetings for the Faculty Council in 2011-2012. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the schedule. It was transmitted to the President for his information on May 10, 2011.

D 8662 Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation.On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the cancelation of the scheduled summer meetings. This action was transmitted to the President for his information on May 10, 2011.

D 8663 UT Austin Faculty Council Vote of Confidence in the President William Powers and his Administrative Team. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the resolution. It was transmitted to the President for his information on May 10, 2011. In a letter dated May 20, 2011, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the resolution stating
I am sincerely grateful to the Faculty Council for this public expression of appreciation and gratitude, and I give my thanks to every Council member and all the goods folks in the Office of the Faculty Council for everything you do to promote, preserve, and uphold our constitutional mandate to be a "University of the first class."
D 8666-8667 Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee for New One-Time-Exception Policy. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the proposed changes. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. In a letter dated May 16, 2011, the President’s Office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Dr. Steven Leslie and Ms. Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 31, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On June 21, 2011, President Powers transmitted his recommendation for approval to UT System with the following editorial clarifications:

Provisions for Drops

3. A student may not drop a class if there are any pending investigations of scholastic dishonesty for the course in question; this will be...

5. A student who has completed at least two long semesters at The University of Texas at Austin may only drop a class if he or she has a an average grade of D+, D, D-, or F in the course at the time of the request. This will...

Provisions for Withdrawals

3. Pending scholastic dishonesty will be verified by the student's dean's Office with the Dean of Students Office. Withdrawal will not be approved if there is a pending scholastic dishonesty case.
On June 22, 2011, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment approved the proposal.

D 8668 Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Revise Dropping a Class: Rules for Undergraduates.Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the proposed changes. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. In a letter dated May 16, 2011, the President’s Office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Dr. Steven Leslie and Ms. Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 31, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On June 22, 2011, President Powers transmitted the proposal to the executive vice chancellor for academic planning and assessment recommending approval and implementation of the proposal. On June 23, 2011, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment approved the legislation.

D 8669 Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Revise the Retroactive Withdrawal Policy. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the proposed changes. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. In a letter dated May 16, 2011, the President’s Office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Dr. Steven Leslie and Ms. Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 31, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On June 17, 2011, President Powers transmitted the proposal to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment recommending approval of the legislation. On June 22, 2011, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment approved the proposal.

D 8670 Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Revise the In Absentia Registration Policy. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation. On May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the proposed changes. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. On May 10, 2011, the legislation was transmitted to the President. In a letter dated May 16, 2011, the President’s Office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Dr. Steven Leslie and Ms. Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 31, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On June 17, 2011, President Powers transmitted the proposal to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment recommending approval of the legislation. On June 22, 2011, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Assessment approved the proposal.

D 8671-8672 Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Council Officers for 2011-2012. Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 4, 2011. At its meeting on May 9, 2011, the Faculty Council elected the following officers to serve on the Faculty Council Executive Committee for 2011-12: Alba A. Ortiz, chair elect (professor, special education), Mark I. Alpert (professor, marketing), Karen L. Rascati (professor, pharmacy), and Stanley J. Roux (professor, molecular cell and developmental biology). Other members of the 2011-12 Faculty Council Executive Committee are Alan W. Friedman, chair (professor, English), Dean P. Neikirk, past chair (professor, electrical and computer engineering), Sue A. Greninger (Secretary associate professor, human development and family sciences), and Shernaz B. Garcia, chair, Graduate Assembly (associate professor, special education).