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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

NINTH REGULAR MEETING OF THE FACULTY COUNCIL FOR 2012-2013

The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building, Room 212
Monday, May 6, 2013
approximately 2:45 PM or immediately following
the special meeting of the 2013-14 Faculty Council

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Thank you
I.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY (D 10370-10377)—Sue Alexander Greninger (associate professor, human development and family sciences).

II.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES.
A. Minutes of the Regular Faculty Council Meeting of April 15, 2013 (D 10378-10389)—Sue Alexander Greninger.

III.
COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRESIDENT—William Powers Jr.
A. Comments by the President.
B. Questions to the President—see Appendix.

IV.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR— Martha F. Hilley (professor, music).

V.
REPORT OF THE CHAIR ELECT—Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural, and environmental engineering).

VI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS—None.

VII.
REPORTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY, COLLEGES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMITTEE—None.

VIII.
NEW BUSINESS.
A. Student Veteran Association—Ben Armstrong (director, Student Veteran Services).
B. Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10295-10306)—Sasha Kopp (associate dean for curriculum and programs, and professor, physics).
C. Proposed Change to General Information Catalog Language on Simultaneous Majors Policy as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee (D 10328-10329)—Mary Rose (committee chair and associate professor, sociology).
D. Proposed Change to General Information Catalog Language on Multiple Degrees Policy as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee (D 10330-10331)—Mary Rose.
E. Proposed Policy on the Recognition of Undergraduate Academic Minors on Official University Transcripts as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee (D 10359-10361)—Mary Rose.
F. Resolution Regarding UTS 180: "Conflicts of Interest, Conflicts of Commitment, and Outside Activities" Policy (D 10326-10327)—Alan W. Friedman (past chair and professor, English).
G. UT Faculty Response to the UT System Task Force Report on the Evaluation of Faculty Teaching  (D 10362-10369)—Professors Patrick Davis (pharmacy) and Susan Klein (law).
H. Schedule of Meetings of the Faculty Council in 2013-2014 (D 10325)—Martha F. Hilley.

IX.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND COMMENTS.
A. Annual reports of the General Faculty Standing Committees are due May 6.

X.
QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR.

XI.
ADJOURNMENT.

SAG signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


Distributed through the Faculty Council website on May 3, 2013.


Questions from Simeon Bochev, Student Government representative.

On April 9th, 2012 UT Austin became a tobacco-free campus. The use of any tobacco products is prohibited in university buildings and on university grounds within the state of Texas, including parking areas and structures, sidewalks, walkways, and university owned buildings...The Tobacco-free Campus policy is part of the university’s commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable environment for all members of our campus community" (http://www.utexas.edu/tobaccofree).

“Unfortunately, many of our campus visitors, students, faculty and staff have chosen to ignore our new tobacco-free policy. Noncompliance has gone beyond simple forgetfulness to blatant disregard of the policy. In addition to flagrantly violating a known policy many smokers are polluting our campus by discarding their cigarette butts on the ground outside. UTPD has said they will not stop violators nor littering resulting from smokers; college administrators and building supervisors claim they cannot do anything; and concerned students like myself are ignored and sometimes ridiculed when we kindly inform smokers of our no-smoking policy. 

“Mr. President. Will UT stand by while everything that I've described continues? Do you believe that "enforcement of the policy [is] achieved primarily through education, awareness and a spirit of cooperation," has failed? What concrete steps will be taken to see that smoking does not continue to degrade our campus environment?”