SECRETARY’S REPORT
December 10, 2012


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

E. ITEMS UNDER REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.

D 8456-8458 Proposed Revisions to the Departmental Budget Council Constitution and Authority in the Handbook of Operating Procedures. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 3, 2010. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. It was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on November 15, 2010, and transmitted to the President on November 16, 2010. On November 22, 2010, President Powers asked Provost Leslie and Vice Presidents Hegarty and Ohlendorf for written recommendations regarding the legislation. On December 7, 2010. Provost Leslie recommended approval of the legislation. Final approval resides with UT System.

D 8997 Revisions Proposed by the Graduate Assembly to Recent Amendments to the In Absentia Policy Passed by the Faculty Council in May 2011. Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 16, 2011. The secretary has classified this proposal as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the revision on a no-protest basis on September 26, 2011. Transmitted to the President on September 27, 2011. In a letter dated October 4, 2011, the President’s Office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. On March 19, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. Final approval resides with UT System.

D 9505-9509 Proposed Revisions to the Language in the Handbook of Operating Procedures and the Policy Memoranda Regarding No-Protest Procedure. Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 17, 2012. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On February 29, 2012, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis and transmitted it to the president on March 1, 2012. In a letter dated March 6, 2012, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. On March 21, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. Final approval resides with UT System.

D9686-9688 University of Texas at Austin Guidelines for Implementing the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Regents’ Rule 31102: Evaluation of Tenured Faculty. Posted on the Faculty Council's website and transmitted to the president on May 1, 2012. Approved by the Faculty Council on April 23, 2012. Transmitted to the president on May 3, 2012. In a letter dated May 14, 2012, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf. On May 29, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Final approval resides with the president.Final approval resides with the president.

D 9987-10000 Non-Substantive Revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment Legislation D 8936-8939. Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2012. On May 10, 2010, the Faculty Council approved legislation (D 8009-8012) proposing changes to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment policy in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2230 (then HOP 3.16). However, the legislation was disapproved by the president and returned to the Faculty Council. The Faculty Council approved a second proposal (D 8624-8628) on April 11, 2011, which was also returned by the president. Further discussion with President Powers and Provost Leslie regarding the procedures for appeal produced further revisions resulting in D 8936-8939, which was approved by the Faculty Council on September 19, 2011, and later by the General Faculty on October 5, 2011. On February 24, 2012, President Powers transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On June 20, 2012, UT System’s Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel Dan Sharphorn returned the legislation. The FCEC, current and past chairs of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee, the provost, and the vice president of legal affairs worked closely with Mr. Sharphorn to address his concerns. On October 1, 2012, the FCEC, Provost Steve Leslie, and Vice President Patti Ohlendorf determined that the subsequent revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment policy do not need approval of the Faculty Council since the changes are non-substantive and are in keeping with the spirit of the D 8936-8939. On November 7, 2012, the policy was retransmitted to the president with revisions to the Policy Statement on D 9992. Upon institutional approval, the Office of the President will transmit the revised policy to UT System for final approval.

D 10042-10087 Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 7, 2012.The secretary classified this as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council amended and approved the report at its meeting on November 19, 2012.  Transmitted to President Powers on November 20, 2012. On November 29, 2012, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the report and is holding it pending its reconsideration by the Graduate Assembly. Final approval resides with the president.