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Chapter 1: Faculty Governance,  Section III: Faculty Council

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A. Authority and General Functions

1. 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 following:
a. 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.
b. Regulations dealing with student activities.
c. Requirements for admission, honors, or degrees except to the extent such authority is specifically delegated to the Graduate Assembly (see II).
d. Approval of degree candidates.
e. 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).
f. Reports of special and standing committees, including the committees of the General Faculty, with the exception of the Rules Committee.
2. 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.
3. The Council may, by affirmative vote, delegate for any academic year the approval or disapproval of all candidates for degrees to the respective deans.
4. 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.)

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