Chapter 1: Faculty Governance, Section III: Faculty
A. Authority and General Functions
The Faculty Council, subject to review
by the General Faculty, shall exercise the powers vested in the
General Faculty except for establishment of rules of membership
and procedure for itself and for college and school faculties;
choice of its Secretary and its representatives on the Faculty
Council; structure and legislative powers of the Faculty Council;
and action on recommendations of the Rules Committee of the General
Faculty. Specifically, it shall have authority to consider the
All matters of educational policy. Except
for those matters that are specifically delegated to the
Graduate Assembly (see II), the Council shall establish
the necessary procedures for enlisting the aid of the faculty
in developing educational policies for the entire University.
Regulations dealing with student activities.
Requirements for admission, honors, or degrees
except to the extent such authority is specifically delegated
to the Graduate Assembly (see II).
Approval of degree candidates.
Catalogue changes requiring approval of
the UT System Board of Regents except to the extent that
such authority is specifically delegated to the Graduate
Assembly (see II).
Reports of special and standing committees,
including the committees of the General Faculty, with the
exception of the Rules Committee.
The Council shall have the authority
to conduct studies and investigations, to initiate legislation,
and to act upon any recommendations made to it by a college or
school faculty, by a committee of the Faculty Council, or by a
qualified petitioning group of the faculty.
The Council may, by affirmative vote,
delegate for any academic year the approval or disapproval of all
candidates for degrees to the respective deans.
All actions by the Faculty Council, excepting those
requiring ratification by the General Faculty, constitute recommendations
to the President. In matters that require approval at the UT
Austin level, the recommendations are subject to the President's
review and final action. In matters that require approval at the
UT System level, the recommendations are subject to the President's
review and transmission, with such recommendations as the President
may deem appropriate, for review and approval by the Executive
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Board of Regents as
appropriate. (See sections E. 6 and 7 below.)