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Policy Memorandum 1.301

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a. The notice advising members of the Faculty Council of a matter to be discussed, in addition to stating in substance the motion, if any, to be offered, shall include a summary of data which, if studied before the meeting, will contribute to a more intelligent understanding and analysis of the issues involved. The Secretary shall use the following form in sending out documents for the consideration of the Council:
1. Caption, descriptive of content.
2. Classification and notice of procedure.
3. The report, which is to consist of:
a. date of adoption by recommending body, if any;
b. if a catalog change is being proposed, citation of catalog with page(s) and line(s) to be changed if change is being proposed;
c. the recommendations;
d. the reasons for the proposal.
4. A statement of the protest procedure in the case of legislation being acted on by circularization.
5. Date of filing the report or recommendations with the Secretary.
6. Date of distribution.
b. Proposed legislation shall be classified by the Secretary for handling as follows:
1. When circumstances warrant, any of the three types of legislation described below may also be classified as emergency legislation. Except for legislation that is also classified as major [see section (4) below], emergency legislation approved by the Council may be sent directly to the President, the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the UT System Board of Regents for adoption without first being presented to the members of the General Faculty except as information. It shall be put into operation immediately upon approval by the Faculty Council, but the President shall have veto power over all such legislation. Should emergency legislation later be disapproved by the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or the UT System Board of Regents, it shall cease to be in operation.
2. Legislation adopted by a college or school faculty and of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school shall be classified as exclusivelegislation. Exclusive legislation may be approved by the Faculty Council by the circularization procedure, provided no protest is received from a member within five working days after circularization. The college or school faculty is the only source of such legislation. The colleges in the arts and sciences area are considered as one college for the purpose of considering legislation affecting the requirements for the B.A. degree.
a. The form of the notice on the circularization procedure shall be as follows: "If no objection is filed in the Office of the Secretary within five working days of the date of circularization, the legislation proposed above will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the proposed legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting."
b. Should a protest be received, the legislation shall be brought before a formal session of the Council.
c. Should the legislation be approved by the circularization procedure, it shall be forwarded to the President, the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the UT System Board of Regents for action without being submitted first to the General Faculty except as information.
3. Legislation of general interest to more than one college or school (but not for submission to the General Faculty) shall be classified as general legislation.
     General legislation approved by the Council may be sent directly to the President, the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the UT System Board of Regents for adoption without first being presented to members of the General Faculty except as information. The President has the power to change the classification from general to major legislation for ten working days following Council action.
4. Legislation submitted to the Faculty Council that must subsequently be submitted to the entire General Faculty for adoption before being transmitted to the President, the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the UT System Board of Regents for adoption shall be classified as major legislation. Once the Faculty Council has acted on major legislation, affirmatively or negatively, the legislation must be submitted to the General Faculty for final action.
a. Major legislation approved by the Faculty Council shall be sent to the members of the General Faculty with notification by the Secretary that it will be presented to the President, the UT System Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and the UT System Board of Regents for approval as General Faculty legislation unless signed protests, in writing, with reasons, have been received by the Secretary from 25 voting members of the General Faculty within 10 working days after notification. If sufficient signed protests are received, the legislation shall be presented to the General Faculty for discussion at a meeting which shall be held as early as practicable, and in no case later than 30 days after the protest has been made.
b. Major legislation not approved or else fundamentally amended by the Faculty Council shall be sent to the members of the General Faculty by the Secretary with notification that if protests of this Council action are received by the Secretary from 25 voting members of the General Faculty within 10 working days after notification, the legislation shall be presented to the General Faculty for a decision at a meeting which shall be held as early as practicable, and in no case later than 30 days after the protest has been made.
c. If legislation is being referred to the General Faculty because of a protest from a qualified group of the General Faculty, the Secretary shall so report and attach to the Council recommendations the statement of the protesting group.
d. In the event that the protested legislation is not considered at a General Faculty meeting due to lack of a quorum, then the legislation shall be returned to the Faculty Council for action. The decision of the Council will be final. The signed protesters of the legislation shall receive advance notice of this meeting and be given the opportunity to present arguments to the Council. If the Council so chooses, it may call a second meeting of the General Faculty to consider the protested legislation.
e. Unless it is also classified as emergency legislation, major legislation shall not be submitted to the General Faculty by the no-protest procedure during the months from June through August.
c. Before it can be presented to the Faculty Council for action, each piece of non-emergency general and major legislation must be studied by a body of General Faculty members, and that body must report its findings and/or recommendations to the Council. Legislation that has not previously been studied by a body of the General Faculty will be referred by the Secretary to such a body for study before it is presented to the Council for action.

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