SECRETARY’S REPORT
OCTOBER 21, 2013


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

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

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 website on April 23, 2013, and classified as general legislation. On April 23, 2012, the Faculty Council approved the legislation, and it was transmitted to the president on May 3, 2012. On May 14, 2012, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. On May 29, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval. 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, and classified as general legislation. 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 Executive Vice President 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 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 without approval. The Faculty Council Executive Committee (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 Leslie, and Vice President Patti Ohlendorf determined that the subsequent revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment policy did not need approval of the Faculty Council since the changes were non-substantive and were 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 Final Report of the Ad Hoc Joint Committee of the Graduate Assembly and the Faculty Council on Graduate Student Fellowships. Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 7, 2012, and classified as general legislation.  On November 19, 2012, the Faculty Council amended and approved the report, and it was transmitted to President Powers on November 20, 2012. On November 29, 2012, President Powers acknowledged receipt of the report, which was being held pending its reconsideration by the Graduate Assembly. On February 14, 2013, Secretary of the Graduate Assembly Diane Schallert notified the president of the Graduate Assembly's approval of the amended report. On April 23, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie, Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf, and Vice Provost and Dean Judith Langlois. On May 13, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. Final approval resides with the president.

D 10287-10289b Proposal to Change the Composition of the C-13 Information Technology Committee. Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 10, 2013, and classified as general legislation. On April 15, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposed changes, and it was transmitted to the president on April 16, 2013. On April 19, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendations from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty regarding the report. On April 25, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On May 24, 2013, Vice President Kevin Hegarty recommended approval. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.