SECRETARY’S REPORT
October 15, 2012


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STATUS OF LEGISLATION NOT APPROVED BY THE FACULTY COUNCIL OR THE GENERAL FACULTY.

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ITEMS DISAPPROVED, TABLED, OR WITHDRAWN—None.

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 This proposal replaced D 8624-8628, which was withdrawn.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.

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