Current Legislation

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Legislation for 2020-2021

LEGISLATION COMPLETED, WITHDRAWN, OR CLOSED in 2020-2021

Proposal to Create a School of Information Chapter In The Undergraduate Catalog, 2020-2022 For Proposed New Bachelor Of Arts And A Bachelor Of Science Degree Programs In Informatics (D 17253-17260)
​Distributed through the Faculty Council website on September 23, 2019, and classified as general legislation. On October 14; 2019, the Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation. It was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis on October 16, 2019.  On October 29, 2019, Provost McInnis approved the legislation and was transmitted to UT System on January 29, 2020, for consideration at the May Board of Regents meeting. On May 30, 2020, UT System transmitted its recommendation for approval to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On October 23, 2020, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval with one minor change.

Proposal to Change the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Degree Program in the College of Natural Sciences Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2020-2022 (D 17404-17409)
Distributed through the faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on October 28, 2019, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. On November 8, 2019, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. Because the changes included the creation of an integrated degree program in dietetics, on November 11, 2019, the legislation was transmitted to the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies for consideration by the Graduate Assembly. On October 14, 2020, Graduate Assembly endorsed the proposal, which was subsequently approved by Mark J.T. Smith (Dean and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs) on October 20, 2020. Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Jaffe granted final approval on November 9, 2020.

Proposed Faculty Discipline Policy to be Added to the Handbook of Operating Procedures (D 18268-18278)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on June 4, 2020. The legislation was classified as being of general interest. On July 13, 2020, the Faculty Council approved the legislation by majority vote. On July 14, 2020, it was transmitted to Interim Vice President and Provost Daniel Jaffe with a request that he transmit his recommendation for approval or disapproval to Interim President Jay C. Hartzell. On July 23, 2020, Interim Vice President and Provost Jaffe  transmitted the legislation to Interim President Jay Hartzell recommending approval. Final approval resides with the President with notification to UT System’s Office of the Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel. On November 18, 2020, President Hartzell granted final approval.

Proposed Student Bereavement Policy (D 18282-18284) 
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on June 5, 2020. The resolution was presented to the Faculty Council for discussion at its meeting on June 15, 2020, and was approved by majority vote  at its meeting on July 13, 2020. On July 14, 2020, it was transmitted to Interim Vice President and Provost Daniel Jaffe with a request that he transmit his recommendation for approval or disapproval to Interim President Jay C. Hartzell On July 28, 2020, Interim Vice President and Provost Jaffe  transmitted the legislation to Interim President Jay Hartzell recommending approval and that it be forwarded to the University Policy Office for consideration through the policy development process. Final approval resides with the President with notification to UT System’s Office of the Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel. On November 18, 2020, President Hartzell granted final approval.

Proposal to Modify the Rules of Procedure for Quorums in the Handbook of Operating Procedures “2-1110 Faculty Council” (D 18322-18325)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on July 23, 2020. The legislation was classified as being of minor interest. On July 31, 2020, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On August 3, 2020, it was transmitted to Interim Vice President and Provost Daniel Jaffe with a request that he transmit his recommendation for approval or disapproval to Interim President Jay C. Hartzell. On August 4, 2020, Interim Vice President and Provost Daniel Jaffe transmitted the legislation to Interim President Jay Hartzell recommending approval.  Final approval resides with the President. On November 18, 2020, President Hartzell granted final approval.

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Regarding the Conferral of Degrees (D 18510) 
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on August 27, 2020. On September 9, 2020, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution on a no-protest basis. No further action is required.

FCEC Resolution for Extending the Deadline for Q-Drop and Opt-In Pass-Fail Option for Fall 2020 (D 18575-18576)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on November 20, 2020 and classified as an emergency resolution. The Faculty Council endorsed the resolution at its meeting on November 23, 2020, which was transmitted to Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Jaffe. On November 25, 2020, Interim Provost Jaffe transmitted his recommendations for modifying the FCEC’s proposal to President Jay Hartzell. On November 25, 2020, President Hartzell approved Interim Provost Jaffe’s recommendations and a message was sent to all students and faculty informing them of the extended deadline for Q-Drops and P/F Flexibility.