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Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 26, 2013, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 3, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 4, 2013. On October 16, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On November 1, 2013, UT System granted approval. On June 12, 2013, required new degree program paperwork was retransmitted to UT System. On July 2, 2014, UT System transmitted the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommending approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Request to Add a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholars Program Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the Cockrell School of Engineering Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10875-10881).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On December 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and transmitted it to the provost on behalf of the president on December 9, 2013. On February 14, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On June 19, 2014, UT System transmitted its recommendation of approval to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Clarification of the Acceptable Minimum Grade for Core Curriculum Courses in the School of Undergraduate S232tudies Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11272-11274).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. On February 24, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On March 31, 2014, UT System granted approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Proposal to Create a Health and Society Degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11327-11330).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 5, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On June 3, 2014, the provost’s office transmitted additional paperwork related to the proposed legislation. On July 2, 2014, UT System granted approval and transmitted the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

PENDING UT SYSTEM

Proposed Revisions to the Language in the Handbook of Operating Procedures and the Policy Memoranda Regarding No-Protest Procedure (D 9505-9509).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 17, 2012, and classified as general legislation. On February 29, 2012, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the president on March 1, 2012. On March 6, 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 March 21, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On September 6, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending its implementation. Final approval resides with UT System.

Request to Add a UTeach Natural Sciences Secondary Teaching Option Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10332-10342).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 26, 2013, and classified as general legislation. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 29, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On September 5, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on September 9, 2013. On October 28, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Request to Add an Evidence and Inquiry Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10343-10347).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 26, 2013, and classified as general legislation. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 29, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On September 5, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on September 9, 2013. On October 28, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Request to Add a Pre-Health Professions Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 10348-10355).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 26, 2013, and classified as general legislation. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on April 29, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On September 5, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on September 9, 2013. On October 28, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Request to Add a Global Management Undergraduate Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts (D 10717-10722).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on October 9, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 11, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 12, 2013. On November 19, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Update to the Core Curriculum Course Lists for the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10727-10732).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 8, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The proposed changes to the core course lists were reviewed and approved by Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee during its meetings on May 20, June 3, August 22, September 17, and October 24, 2013. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 6, 2013, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 18, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the amended legislation, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 19, 2013. On November 19, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

Proposal to Delete the Texas IP Certificate Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11230-11232).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. On March 3, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016(D 11233-11235 and D 11248-11257).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014.  On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.
  • Proposed Changes to the Applied Learning & Development Degree Program (D 11233-11235).
  • Proposed Changes to the Health Promotion Degree Program (D 11248-11250).
  • Proposed Changes to the Sport Management Degree Program (D 11251-11254).
  • Proposed Changes to the Middle Grades, Secondary, and All-Level Teacher Certification Programs (D 11255-11257).
Proposed Changes to the Language Requirements in the BA Plan I and II Degree Programs in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11275-11280).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014.  On February 24, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Flags in the College of Fine Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11284-11292).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. .  On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the Department of Art and Art History (D 11284-11286).
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the Butler School of Music (D 11287-11289).
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the Department of Theatre and Dance (D 11290-11292).
Proposed Changes to the BA Plan I, BS in Psychology and BS in Environmental Science Degree Programs in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11298-11300).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. On February 24, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Skills and Experience Flags in the School of Undergraduate Studies Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11321-11323).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On March 26, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the College of Liberal Arts Section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11397-11402).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposals were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.
  • Proposed Changes to the Rhetoric and Writing Honors Program (D 11397-11399)
  • Proposed Changes to the BA of Science and Arts Degree (D 11400- 11402)
Proposed Changes to the Electrical Engineering Degree Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11403-11406)
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposal was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Admission, Transfer, and Pass/Fail Policies in the Law School Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11407-11411).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposal was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Pre-Health Professions Certificate in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11415-11420).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 6, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded it to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 24, 2014. On April 9, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Front Chapter of Natural Sciences section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11421-11441).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 6, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded it to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 28, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 31, 2014. On April 1, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. Final approval resides with UT System.

PENDING PRESIDENT
No legislation pending at this time.
PENDING PROVOST

Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 3, 2010, and classified as general legislation. On November 15, 2010, the Faculty Council approved the proposal, and it was transmitted to the president on November 16, 2010. On November 22, 2010, President Powers asked Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice Presidents Patricia Ohlendorf and Kevin Hegarty for written recommendation regarding the legislation. On December 7, 2010, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the legislation. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf responded with concerns stating that the proposed change would involve the Budget Council (or other departmental or non-departmentalized college/school governance body) in all hiring decisions with the chair (or non-departmentalized dean) and that it may not provide the flexibility to meet immediate teaching needs and/or to make changes at year end. She also expressed that she did not think that the modifications in paragraph 5 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures provision were needed, but that there was no legal objection to them. On October 3, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Degrees and Programs Section in the School of Business Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10674-10685).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 21, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 22, 2013. In a memoranudm April 8, 2014, to Sr. Vice Provost David Laude, Dean Thomas Gilligan requested that the third writing flag be rolled back. Final approval resides with UT System.

Faculty Educational Benefit Proposal from the Faculty Welfare Committee (D 11169-11170).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 16, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the proposal at its meeting on January 27, 2014, and it was transmitted to the president on January 29, 2014. On March 12, 2014, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves, Vice President for University Operations Patricia Clubb, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty, and Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia Ohlendorf. Final approval resides with the president.Final approval resides with the president.

Proposed Changes to the Global Track in the Business Foundations Certificate Program in the McCombs School of Business Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11281-11283a).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 27, 2014.  Final approval resides with UT System.

Proposed Changes to the Admission and Registration Section in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11324-11326).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 27, 2014.  Final approval resides with UT System.

Requests to Create Certificate Programs in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11331-11350).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the additions on February 5, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014. Final approval resides with UT System.
  • Request to Add an African Studies Certificate Program (D 11331-11334).
  • Request to Add a Creative Writing Certificate Program (D 11335-11338).
  • Request to Add a History and Philosophy of Science Certificate Program (D 11339-11344).
  • Request to Add an LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies Certificate Program (D 11345-11350).
Proposed Changes to the External Transfer Admission Requirements in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11492-11494).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 24, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change at noon on March 24, 2014, and forwarded it to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 28, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on April 2, 2014. Final approval resides with UT System.

Required and Proposed Revisions to the Extended Course Evaluation Form (D 11524-11527).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 8, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. On May 5, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the proposal and it was transmitted to the president on May 7, 2014. On May 20, 2014, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding this legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

PENDING FACULTY COUNCIL

Proposal to Align Q-Drop and OTE Drop Policies: Encourage Students to Speak with Professors Before Dropping a Class (D 11519-11520).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 8, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council will discuss the proposal at its meeting on April 14, 2014. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

2014 Resolution in Support of Consistent Enforcement of the Foreign Language Pre-Requisite Requirement (D 11569-11570).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 24, 2014. The Faculty Council was unable to consider the legislation due to lack of time. The Council may consider it on September 15, 2014. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

PENDING GENERAL FACULTY

Proposal from the University Academic Calendar Committee to Extend the Thanksgiving Break (D 11508-11512).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2014, and classified as legislation of major interest to the General Faculty. On May 5, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the proposal, which was submitted to the General Faculty members on a no-protest basis with a protest deadline of May 19. Forty-nine protests had been received by the deadline; therefore, a special meeting of the General Faculty has been scheduled for September 15, 2014, to consider the matter. The meeting will be held in SAC 1.402. Final approval resides with the president with formal notification to UT System.

PENDING GENERAL FACULTY STANDING COMMITTEES
No legislation pending at this time.
OTHER ITEMS UNDER RECONSIDERATION
No legislation pending at this time.
ITEMS COMPLETED/WITHDRAWN/CLOSED

Proposed revisions of the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Sections 3.18 and 4.03 from the Faculty Grievance Committee (D 7825-7844).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 9, 2010, and classified as general legislation. Approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on February 15, 2010, and transmitted to the president on February 16, 2010. In a letter dated March 22, 2010, the President's office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. Upon receipt of their recommendations, the proposals were approved by the president and transmitted to UT System on April 23, 2010. A meeting to discuss the grievance procedures has been scheduled with UT System’s Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel Dan Sharphorn, UT System’s Managing Attorney Helen Bright, Professor Martha Hilley (music), and Vice President Ohlendorf for December 18, 2013. On March 13, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Faculty Grievance Procedure (D 7825-7835).
  • Teaching Assistant and Assistant Instructor Grievance Procedures (D 7836-7844).
    This legislation supersedes D 6174-6183.
Proposed Changes to the Voting Rights of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 8512-8513).
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. On August 28, 2013, the Faculty Council Executive Committee withdrew the proposal on behalf of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee. A new proposal from the committee is being drafted.

Revision of the Handbook of Operating Procedures, Chapter 1, Section V., Clarifying the Voting Rights of Faculty in Colleges, Schools, and Departments (D 8563).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 8, 2011. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The legislation was approved by the Faculty Council at its meeting on February 14, 2011, and transmitted to the president on February 15, 2011. In a letter dated February 22, 2011, the president’s office requested written recommendations regarding the legislation from Dr. Steve Leslie and Ms. Patricia Ohlendorf. On March 2, 2011, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the revision. On October 20, 2011, he secretary received an update from the president's office concerning D 8512-8513, which is tied to this one, indicating that the current wording of the proposal raises questions of intent and interpretation and will need to be addressed by the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee before action will be taken by the president. On August 28, 2013, the Faculty Council Executive Committee withdrew the proposal on behalf of the Faculty Rules and Governance Committee.

Revisions Proposed by the Graduate Assembly to Recent Amendments to the In Absentia Policy Passed by the Faculty Council in May 2011 (D 8997).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 16, 2011, and classified as general legislation. On September 26, 2011, the Faculty Council approved the revision on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the president on September 27, 2011. On October 4, 2011, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. On March 19, 2012, Provost Leslie recommended approval of the proposal. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On September 5, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending implementation of the legislation. On March 17, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

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 (D 9686-9688).
Posted on the Faculty Council's website and transmitted to the president on May 1, 2012. 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. On March 17, 2014, President Powers granted final approval saying the recommendations are being implemented.

Non-Substantive Revisions to the Threatened Faculty Retrenchment Legislation D 8936-8939 (D 9987-10000).
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. On October 16, 2013, Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia Ohlendorf indicated that, subject to approval by the president, the proposed policy was ready for final approval by UT System.On October 28, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposed UT Austin Handbook of Operating Procedures revisions to UT System recommending approval and implementation of the changes. On December 11, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

Final Report of the Ad Hoc Joint Committee of the Graduate Assembly and Faculty Council on Graduate Student Fellowships  (D 10042-10087).
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. On March 18, 2014, President Powers granted final approval.

Proposal to Align Affiliated Studies Credit with Reciprocal Exchange Credit so that All UT-Approved Study Abroad Programs Have the Same Academic Characteristics (D 10188-10192).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2013, and classified as general legislation.  On February 18, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal, and it was transmitted to the president on February 19, 2013. On April 19, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Steven Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf.   On April 25 ,2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On September 5, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending its implementation. On February 27, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposal to Change the Composition of the C-13 Information Technology Committee (D 10287-10289b).
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, Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia Ohlendorf, 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. On March 4, 2014, Vice President Ohlendorf said she found “the modifications to be in order for approval and incorporation into the UT Austin Handbook of Operating Procedures.”On March 17, 2014, President Powers approved the proposal with formal notification to UT System. On April 3, 2014, UT System approval granted approval

Proposed Change to General Information Catalog Language on Simultaneous Majors Policy as Approved by Educational Policy Committee (D 10328-10329).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013, and classified as general legislation. On May 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposal, and it was transmitted to the president on May 7, 2013. On May 9 , 2013, , 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 16, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On September 5, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending its implementation. On February 27, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Change to General Information Catalog Language on Multiple Degrees Policy as Approved by Educational Policy Committee (D 10330-10331).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. The secretary classified this proposal as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal at its meeting on May 6, 2013. On May 7, 2013, the proposal was transmitted to the president. On May 9, 2013, 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 16, 2013, Provost Leslie recommended approval. On September 3, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On September 5, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending its implementation. On January 6, 2014, UT System granted final approval and transmitted formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Proposed Policy on Recognition of Undergraduate Academic Minors on Official University Transcripts as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee (D 10359-10361).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2013. The secretary has classified this as general legislation. The Faculty Council approved the proposal at its meeting on May 6, 2013. On May 7, 2013, the proposal was transmitted to the president. On May 9 , 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding the legislation from Provost Steve Leslie and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. Upon recommendations from Provost Leslie and Vice President Ohlendorf, the proposals were approved by the president and transmitted to UT System on August 6, 2013. On August 20, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

UT Austin Faculty Council Response to the UT System Task Force Report on the Evaluation of Faculty Teaching (D 10362-10369).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 23, 2013. The Secretary has classified this resolution as general legislation. The Faculty Council endorsed the resolution on May 6, 2013. The report was transmitted to the president with a request to forward it to UT System. On May 21, 2013, President Powers transmitted the report to UT System on behalf of the Faculty Council. Final approval resides with the Faculty Council with formal notification to the president.

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Regarding Requests Concerning Memorial Resolutions (D 10595).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 27, 2013, and classified as general legislation. On September 16, 2013, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution, and it was transmitted to the president for his information on September 18, 2013. No further action is required.

Proposed Restructuring of Student Representation on the International Programs and Studies Committee in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1060-PM (D 10596-10599).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on August 27, 2013, and classified as general legislation. On September 16, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation, and it was transmitted to the president on September 18, 2013. On October 1, 2013, the president’s office requested written recommendation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves and Vice President Patricia Ohlendorf. On October15, 2013, Vice President Ohlendorf recommended approval. On November 1, 2013, Provost Fenves recommended approval of the proposal. On November 18, 2013, President Powers transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending its implementation. On December 17, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Regarding Conferral of Degrees (D 10626).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 1, 2013, and classified as general legislation. On October 21, 2013, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution and transmitted it to the president for his information. No further action is required.

Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 26, 2013, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 3, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 4, 2013. On October 16, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On November 1, 2013, UT System granted final approval.

Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 26, 2013, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 3, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 4, 2013. On October 16, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On November 4, 2013,  UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the School of Business Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10638-10664).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on September 26, 2013, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on September 25, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 3, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 4, 2013. On October 16, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On November 11, 2013, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Admission and Registration Portion (D 10638-10640)
  • Proposed Changes to the Graduation Portion (D 10641-10643)
  • Proposed Changes to the Business Honors Program (D 10644-10646)
  • Proposed Changes to the Accounting Degree Program (D 10647-10650)
  • Proposed Changes to the Finance Degree Program (D 10651-10654)
  • Proposed Changes to the Management Degree Program (D 10655-10657)
  • Proposed Changes to the Management Information Systems Degree Program (D 10658-10659)
  • Proposed Changes to the Supply Chain Management Degree Program (D 10660-10661)
  • Proposed Changes to the BBA in Science and Technology Management Degree Program (D 10662-10664)
Request to Add a Business and Public Policy Undergraduate Certificate Program and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts (D 10686-10691).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on October 9, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On October 21, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on October 22, 2013. On November 4, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On December 6, 2013, UT System granted final approval with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Request to Add an Energy Management Undergraduate Certificate and/or Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts (D 10713-10716).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 10, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on October 9, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 11, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 12, 2013. On November 15, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On January 31, 2014, UT System granted final approval

Proposed Changes to the Law School Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10723-10726).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on October 29, 2013, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on October 23, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 4, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 5, 2013. On November 8, 2013, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On January 15, 2014 , UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10733-10741 and D 10758-10786).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2013, and classified of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 6, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 19, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposals on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 20, 2013. On December 3, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On January 31, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Asian Cultures and Languages Degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10733-10735).
  • Proposed Changes to the Economics Degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10736-10738).
  • Proposed Changes to the Anthropology Degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10739-10741).
  • Proposed Changes to the African and African Diaspora Studies Degree Program (D 10758-10761).
  • Proposed Changes to the Geography Degree Program (D 10762-10764).
  • Proposed Changes to the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Degree Program (D 10765-10767).
  • Proposed Changes to the Latin American Studies Degree Program (D 10768-10771).
Proposed Changes to the College of Communications Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10742-10757).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2013, and classified of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 6, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 19, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposals on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 20, 2013. On December 3, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On March 17, 2014, UT System granted final approval..
  • Proposed Changes to the Communication Studies Degree Program in the College of Communications Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10742-10744).
  • Proposed Changes to the Journalism Degree Program in the College of Communications Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10745-10747).
  • Proposed Changes to the Radio-Television-Film Degree Program in the College of Communications Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10748-10750).
  • Proposed Changes to the Advertising Degree Program in the College of Communications Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10751-10754).
  • Proposed Changes to the Public Relations Degree Program in the College of Communications Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10755-10757).
Proposed Changes to the College of Liberal Arts Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10772-10786).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 12, 2013, and classified of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 6, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 19, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the proposals on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 20, 2013.Final approval resides with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On December 3, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the proposals to UT System recommending approval. On February 5, 2014, UT System granted final approval with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On March 24, 2014, Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management David Laude responded to an inquiry form UT System that explained the consolidation of the Spanish and Portuguese programs into Iberian and Latin American Languages and Cultures with the CIP code 16.0908.00.
  • Proposed Changes to the Spanish and Portuguese Degree Program (D 10772-10776).
  • Proposed Changes to the Scandinavian Studies Degree Program (D 10777-10780).
  • Proposed Changes to the Ancient History and Classical Civilization and Classical Archaeology Degree Program (D 10781-10783).
  • Proposed Changes to the Classics and Latin Degree Program (D 10784-10786).
Proposed Changes to the Cockrell School of Engineering Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10852-10855, 10889-10894).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On December 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 9, 2013. On December 11, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommeding approval. On January 31, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to Admission and Registration to the Engineering Degree Program (D 10852-10855).
  • Proposed Changes to the Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology Degree Program (D 10889-10894).
Proposed Changes to the Cockrell School of Engineering Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016. (D 10856-10874, 10882-10888, 10908-10914).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 27, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 2, 2013. On December 12, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On March 17, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Architectural Engineering Degree Program (D 10856-10861) .
  • Proposed changes to the Civil Engineering Degree Program (D 10869-10874).
  • Proposed Changes to the Electrical Engineering Degree Program (D 10882-10888).
  • Proposed Changes to the Petroleum Engineering Degree Program (D 10908-10914).
Proposed changes to the Aerospace Engineering Degree Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10862-10868).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 27, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 2, 2013. On December 12, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 5, 2014, UT System granted final approval with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On December 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 9, 2013. On December 11, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 5, 2014, UT System granted final approval with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Proposed Changes to the Jackson School of Geosciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10915-10923, D 10930-10938).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On November 27, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 2, 2013. On December 12, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On January 31, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Admission and Registration to the Geological Science Degree Program (D 10915-10918).
  • Proposed Changes to Applicability of Certain Courses to the Geological Sciences Degree Program (D 10919-10921).
  • Proposed Changes to Degrees and Programs in the Geological Sciences Degree Program (D 10922-10923).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS Geological Sciences Degree Program (D 10930-10932).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS Geological Sciences, Option II: Geophysics Degree Program (D 10933-10935).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS Geological Sciences, Option V: UTeach Degree Program (D 10936-10938).
Proposed Changes to the Geosystems Engineering and Hydrogeology Degree Program in the Jackson School of Geosciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10924-10929).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On December 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 9, 2013. On December 11, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 7, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the Nursing Degree Program in the School of Nursing Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10939-10950).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on November 20, 2013, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on November 13, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On December 6, 2013, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on December 9, 2013. On December 11, 2013, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 5, 2014, UT System granted final approval with formal notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Statement in Support of President William Powers (D 10993).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on December 12, 2013. On December 11, 2013, Chair Hillary Hart circulated the following statement campus-wide and to the media in advance of the Board of Regents’ meeting scheduled for December 12, 2013, to consider “(d)iscussion and appropriate action related to recommendation by Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chancellor concerning employment of William C. Powers, Jr., as President of The University of Texas at Austin” 1. The statement was disseminated by email to members of the Faculty Council and General Faculty and resulted in more than 835 returned emails from faculty endorsing it.

Proposed Changes to the School of Architecture Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 10996-11007).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school.  The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On January 17, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 20, 2014. On January 30, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 19, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Degree Program (D 10996-11001).
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Architecture/Bachelor of Arts, Plan II Dual Degree Program (D 11002-11007).
Proposed Changes to the Admissions Section in the School of Architecture Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 11008-11010).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General Faculty. On January 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 13, 2014. On January 30, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 19, 2014, UT System granted final approval..

Proposed Changes to the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 11011-11021, 11033-11145).  
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On January 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 13, 2014. On January 30, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 18, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Astronomy Degree Program (D 11011-11014).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Mathematics Degree Program (D 11015-11021 ).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Medical Laboratory Science Degree Program (D 11033-11036 ).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Physics Degree Program (D 11037-11041).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Interdisciplinary Science Degree Program (D 11042-11045).
Proposed Changes to the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 11022-11032, D 11046-11133).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On January 17, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 20, 2014. On January 30, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 17, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Nutrition Degree Program (D 11022-11032).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Biochemistry Degree Program (D 11046-11051).
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Arts Degree Program (D 11067-11073).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Computer Science Degree Program (D 11074-11084).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Textiles and Apparel Degree Program (D 11085-11092).
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree Program (D 11093-11102).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Chemistry Degree Program (D 11103-11109).
  • Proposed Changes to the Human Development and Family Sciences Degree Program  (D 11110-11115).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS Public Health Degree Program (D 11116-11122).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS in Neuroscience Degree Program (D 11123-11127).
  • Proposed Changes to the BS Environmental Science Degree Program (D 11128-11133).
Proposed Changes to the BS in Biology Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11052-11066).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On January 17, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on January 21, 2014.  On January 30, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On February 18, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2016 (D 11134-11146).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 2, 2014, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on December 11, 2013, and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by January 17, 2014, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council. On March 7, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On April 3, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Food And Society Undergraduate Academic Certificate Program (D 11134-11141).
  • Forensic Science Undergraduate Academic Certificate Program (D 11142-11146).
Revised Resolution to the University of Texas Faculty Council, Suspension of Shared Service (D 11171-11172).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 16, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council will vote on the proposal at its meeting on January 27, 2014.

Resolution Regarding Implementation of Shared Services Plans on the Campus of The University of Texas (D 11173-11173a).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 17, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council amended and approved the resolution at its meeting on January 27, 2014, and it was transmitted to the president for his information on January 29, 2014. On February 6, 2014, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kevin Hegarty responded to the resolution regarding the implementation plans.

Proposed Changes in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11236-11244).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the proposals on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On March 24, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Applied Movement Science Degree Program (D 11236-11239).
  • Proposed Changes to the Athletic Training Degree Program (D 11240-11244).
Proposed Changes to the Exercise Science Degree Program in the College of Education Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11245-11247).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014.  On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On March 21, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the Biomedical Engineering Degree Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11258-11271).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 22, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and they were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On April 3, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the BS in Computer Science Integrated Program in the College of Natural Sciences Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11293-11297).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On March 31, 2014, UT System granted approval and transmitted the proposal to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On July 2, 2014, UT System followed up with an additional transmission granting final with notification to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Proposed Changes to the Flags in the College of Communication Section in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11301-11307).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 14, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 17, 2014. On February 21, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On March 10, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Request to Add a Communication and Society: Science Communication Certificate Program and Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts (D 11308-11312).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On March 4, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On April 3, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Proposal to Add a Public Policy Certificate Program to the Bridging Disciplines Program and Request for Recognition on the University Transcripts (D 11313-11320).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on February 7, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on January 29, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On February 21, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on February 24, 2014.  On February 24, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On March 17, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Resolution in Support of the Texas Memorial Museum (D 11365).
Posted on the Faculty council website on February 13, 2014. On February 17, 2014, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution and forwarded it to the president for his information. No further action is required.

Proposed Changes to the Jackson School of Geosciences Section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11387-11389).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposals were forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On April 3, 2014, UT System granted final approval.
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the BS of Science in Geological Sciences (D 11387-11389)
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags in the BS of Sciences in Geosciences (D 11390-11392)
  • Proposed Changes to the Flags of BA in Geological Sciences (D 11393-11396)
Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree Program in the Collegel of Natural Sciences Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016 (D 11412-11414).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 3, 2014, and classified as being of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes on February 26, 2014, and forwarded them to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 10, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and the proposal was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 11, 2014. On March 19, 2014, Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves transmitted the proposal to UT System recommending approval. On April 3, 2014, UT System granted final approval.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D 11442).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 11, 2013. The Faculty Council voted to endorse the report at its meeting on March 17, 2014. On March 19, 2014, the panel was transmitted to the president. On April 1, 2013, President Powers appointed Hillary Hart (distinguished senior lecturer, civil, architectural, and environmental engineering) to the University Co-op Board of Directors to serve a four-year term beginning September 1, 2014, and ending August 31, 2018.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Voting Faculty Members to the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (D 11443-11444).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 11, 2014. The Council will act on the report at its meeting on March 17, 2014.

Report from the University Academic Calendar Committee to Extend the Thanksgiving Break (D 11445-11449).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 11, 2014. The Council discussed the report at its meeting on March 17, 2014.

Report from the Educational Policy Committee on Required and Proposed Revisions to the Basic Form Course Evaluation (D 11450-11460).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 11, 2014. The Council will discuss the report at its meeting on March 17, 2014.

Proposed Addition of an Integrated Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-2016(D 11488-11491).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 14, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on February 5, 2014, and forwarded it to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 28, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis, and it was forwarded to the provost on behalf of the president on March 31, 2014. On April 4, 2014, Provost Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On May 15, 2014, UT System granted approval and notified the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On June 12, 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval.

Report and Proposal from the Ad Hoc Committee on Technology-Enhanced Education (D 11499-11503).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the legislation at its meeting on April 14, 2014, and it was transmitted to the president for consideration on April 21, 2014. On May 8, 2014, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding this legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. On May 27, 2014, President Powers granted final approval.

Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Make Changes to the Basic Form Course Evaluation (D 11504-11507).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the proposal at its meeting on April 14, 2014, and transmitted it to the president on April 21, 2014. On May 8, 2014, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding this legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. On July 16, 2014, President Powers granted final approval.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University of Texas at Austin Police Oversight Committee (D 11513).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council the slate of names at its meeting on April 14, 2014, and transmitted it to the president on April 15, 2014. On May 8, 2014, the president appointed Dr. Jill Marshall (associate professor, curriculum and instruction) to serve a three-year term beginning September 1, 2014, and lasting through August 31, 2017.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women (D 11514-11515).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on March 31, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council the slate of names at its meeting on April 14, 2014, and transmitted it to the president on April 15, 2014. On May 1, 2014, President Powers appointed Professor Martha Hilley (music) and Professor Mechele Dickerson (law) to serve four-year terms beginning September 1, 2014, and lasting through August 31, 2018, to the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men and to the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women, respectively.

Proposal to Align Q-Drop and OTE Drop Policies: Academic Dishonesty (D 11516-11518).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 8, 2014, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Council approved the proposal at its meeting on May 5, 2014, and it was transmitted to the president on May 6, 2014. On May 20, 2014, the president’s office requested written recommendation regarding this legislation from Executive Vice President and Provost Gregory Fenves. On June 11, 2014, Provost Fenves recommended that President Powers approve the legislation. On July 14, 2014, President Powers granted final approval of the proposal indicating that he would notify UT System of its implementation.

Proposal from the Educational Policy Committee to Change the Twenty-four of the Last Thirty Semester Hours Rule in the General Requirements Section of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2014-1016 (D 11521-11523).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 10, 2014, and classified as legislation of major interest to the General Faculty. The Faculty Council approved the legislation at is meeting on May 5, 2014. It was submitted to the General Faculty members on a no-protest basis with a protest deadline of May 19; however, only four protests were received, and therefore, it was considered to have been approved by the General Faculty. On May 22, 2014, the legislation was transmitted to the president. On July 11, 2014, President Powers granted final approval with formal notification to UT System being transmitted on July 16, 2014.

Schedule for Meetings of the Faculty Council in 2014-2015 (D 11562).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 21, 2014, and classified as general legislation. On May 5, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the 2014-15 meeting schedule. For President Powers’ information, the schedule was transmitted to him on May 6, 2014.

Cancellation of Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council (D 11563).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 21, 2014, and classified as general legislation. On May 5, 2014, the Faculty Council approved the cancellation of the 2013-14 summer meetings. For President Powers’ information, a notice of cancellation of the summer meetings was transmitted to him on May 6, 2014.

Revised Resolution to the University of Texas Faculty Council, Suspension of Shared Services (D 11564).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on April 22, 2014. The Faculty Council will consider the resolution at its May 5, 2014, meeting. On April 29, 2014, Professors Dana Cloud and Snehal Shingavi withdrew their resolution.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Council Officers for 2014-2015 (D 11608-11609).
Posted on the Faculty Council website on May 1, 2014. At its meeting on May 5, 2014, the Faculty Council elected the following officers to serve on the Faculty Council Executive Committee for 2014-15: Andrea C. Gore, chair elect (professor, pharmacy), Professors Jody Jensen (professor, kinesiology and health education), Christine L. Julien (associate professor, electrical and computer engineering), and Mariah D. Wade (associate professor, anthropology). Other members of the 2014-15 Faculty Council Executive Committee are William Beckner, chair (professor, mathematics), Hillary Hart, past chair (distinguished sr. lecturer civil, architectural, and environmental engineering), Dean P. Neikirk (secretary professor, electrical and computer engineering), and Jay C. Hartzell, chair, Graduate Assembly (professor, finance). On May 6, 2014, President Powers was notified of the 2014-15 Faculty Council Executive Committee membership.