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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 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 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. On 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 This proposal replaced D 8624-8628, which was withdrawn.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, UT System’s Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel Dan Sharphorn returned the legislation citing several concerns. The FCEC, current and past chairs of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee, the provost, and the vice president for legal affairs worked closely with Mr. Sharphorn to address his concerns. The resulting revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment policy can be found in D 9987-10000 and do not need approval of the Faculty Council since the changes are non-substantive and are in keeping with the spirit of D 8936-8939.

D 10139-10147 Fall Break Proposal from the University Academic Calendar Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council’s website on November 29, 2012. The secretary classified this legislation as being of major interest to the University faculty at-large. The proposal was discussed by the Faculty Council on December 10, 2012. On January 28, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal. Having been classified as major legislation, it was, according to the by-laws of the Council, submitted to the voting members of the General Faculty on a no-protest basis. The secretary received sixty-one formal protests by March 8, 2013, therefore, a special meeting of the General Faculty was scheduled for March 25, at 3:15 in the Hogg Memorial Auditorium (changed from the SAC 1.402). At that meeting, fifty-eight voting members of the General Faculty voted against the proposal, and twenty-seven members voted in favor. The proposal was defeated; no further action can be taken. For reference, the notice of no-protest procedures can be found on D 10222, and the meeting notice can be found on D 10240-10273b.