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Chapter 1: Faculty Governance,  Section III: Faculty Council

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E. Legislation

1. The Secretary shall classify proposed legislation as (1) of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school, (2) of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty), or (3) of major interest (for submission to the General Faculty). In addition, any of these three types of legislation may be classified as emergency legislation. The Council may, by vote, reclassify any legislation. Specific information on each type of legislation shall be included in the By-Laws of the Faculty Council. (See Policy Memorandum 1.301.)
 2. Except in the case of emergency legislation, legislative matters classified as of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty) or of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school shall be presented to the Faculty Council for discussion, consideration, or action, providing notice thereof has been circularized among its members on or before ten (10) calendar days prior to the meeting at which the matter is to be presented. The circularization procedure shall be described in the By-Laws of the Faculty Council. (See Policy Memorandum 1.301.)
3. Legislative matters classified as of major interest may be presented to the Faculty Council for discussion or consideration at any time. The Faculty Council shall not take action on such legislation for at least twenty-one (21) calendar days after its circularization, except in the case of legislation classified as emergency legislation. The circularization procedure shall be described in the By-laws of the Faculty Council. (See Policy Memorandum 1.301.) Any legislation classified as of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty), approved by the Council, but declared of major interest by the President, shall be submitted for vote at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Council, with circularization as provided in paragraph 1 above.
4. Proposed legislation may be initiated for consideration in the Faculty Council by written petition addressed to the Secretary by twenty-five (25) or more voting members of the General Faculty.
5. In an emergency, a matter may be brought before the Council without prior notice if a majority of those voting consent.
6. On matters within the province of UT Austin authority, the actions of the Faculty Council and of the General Faculty constitute recommendations to the President. All such matters shall be presented and discussed at an Executive Committee meeting with the President. Should the President be inclined to disapprove Council legislation, or to approve it only with substantive change, the matter will be returned by the President to the Council so that the Council will have an opportunity to consider the objections and to modify, withdraw, or reaffirm the original legislation before the President acts on it. Within a reasonable time, the President will inform the Council of the review that the matters have been given and of the disposition that has been made of each recommendation. The President shall also consult with the Faculty Council (or its Executive Committee) whenever the administration proposes to take action that significantly affects the faculty or the University's educational mission so that the Council has an opportunity to respond prior to such action being taken.
7. Should the President object to any recommendation of the Faculty Council or of the General Faculty that requires the approval of the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or the UT System Board of Regents, he or she shall make those objections known either directly to the Council or through the Executive Committee so that the objections may be answered and the Council may have an opportunity to modify, withdraw, or reaffirm the proposed legislation before it is transmitted by the President to the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The final version of the legislation that is approved by the Faculty Council or by the General Faculty shall be transmitted by the President to the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and, if necessary, to the UT System Board of Regents, along with such recommendations as the President and, if necessary, the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs may choose to make. At each meeting of the Council, the President, either directly or through the Secretary, shall report on all actions of the Council and General Faculty transmitted to the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and to the UT System Board of Regents and the action, if any, taken on each. Differences, if any, between what the Council or General Faculty recommend and what the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or the UT System Board of Regents approve shall be noted and explained by the President.

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