Legislation for 2016-2017

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Legislation for 2016-2017

LEGISLATION COMPLETED, WITHDRAWN, OR CLOSED in 2016-2017

Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Change the Policy for Accepting Transfer Core Coursework in the General Information Catalog (D 14943-14951).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on January 9, 2017. The proposal was scheduled to be reviewed by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 23, 2017, but, it was withdrawn by the committee so that it could study implementation of the policy were it to receive final approval. 

Proposal to Add an Environmental Engineering Degree Program in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2016-2018 (D 13173-13180).
Posted on the Faculty Council Wiki site on September 2, 2015, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. The Faculty Council approved the legislation at its meeting on September 21, 2015. It was transmitted to the Provost on behalf of the President on September 29, 2015. On November 4, 2015, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Judith H. Langlois transmitted the legislation to UT System on behalf of the President. On February 17, 2016, UT System recommended approval and transmitted the legislation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On October 21, 2016, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval.

Proposed Addition of a Computational Engineering Degree Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2016-2018 (D 13373-13380).
Posted on the Faculty Council Wiki site on October 19, 2015, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On November 16, 2015, the Faculty Council approved the legislation and it was transmitted to the provost on behalf of the president on November 17, 2015. On November 24, 2015, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Judith H. Langlois transmitted the legislation to UT System on behalf of the President. . On February 5, 2016, UT System recommended approval and transmitted the legislation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On April 7, 2016, UT System transmitted additional information to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On October 21, 2016, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval.

Proposed Changes to the Mexican American Studies Degree Program in the College of Liberal Arts Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2016-2018  (D 13537-13540).  d
Posted on the Faculty Council Wiki site on November 12, 2015, and classified as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school. On November 18, 2015, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On November 20, 2015, the legislation was transmitted to the Provost on behalf of the President. On November 24, 2015, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Judith H. Langlois transmitted the legislation to UT System on behalf of the President. On March 10, 2016, UT System granted approval. On October 27, 2016, Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis transmitted a letter to UT System requesting approval to create a new Bachelor of Arts degree in Mexican American and Latina/o Studies in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. The request to make these changes to the Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2018 had already been approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs on March 10, 2016; however, by means of this proposal, UT Austin requests official THECB approval for the new program and that the THECB inventory be updated accordingly. On November 4, 2016, UT System recommended approval and transmitted the legislation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. On November 18, 2016, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board granted final approval.

2015-2016 Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Proposal to change the Criteria Used to Determine the Voting Members of the General Faculty in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1010 and 2-1020 (D 14482-14489).
Posted on the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 1, 2016, and classified as legislation of major interest. Members of the General Faculty were notified of the no-protest legislation and given a deadline of April 21, in which to submit a protest. Only two protests were received in the prescribed period. On April 22, 2016, the legislation was transmitted to the President. On July 29, 2016, President Gregory L. Fenves transmitted the legislation to UT System recommending approval. On September 7, 2016, UT Austin was informed that the Board of Regents modified the Regents' Rule 20201 to reflect that changes to the Handbook of Operating Procedures will no longer require UT System approval. Final approval of these changes will reside with the the vice president for legal affairs and the president. For reference, see an excerpt of the modified Regents' Rule 20201 policy.

Resolution from the Faculty Council Executive Committee Regarding Conferral of Degrees (D 14798).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on August 23, 2016. The Faculty Council unanimously endorsed the resolution at its meeting on September 19, 2016. No further action is required.

Resolution from the Committee on Financial Aid to Students Concerning Unmet Student Need (D 14832-14835).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on October 4, 2016. The Faculty Council amended and unanimously endorsed the resolution at its meeting on October 10, 2016. On October 12, 2016, the resolution was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his information. No further action is required.

Update to the Core Curriculum Course Lists for the 2017-2018 General Information Catalog (D 14841-14846).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki on October 27, 2016. The Faculty Council approved the legislation at its meeting on November 14, 2016. On November 16, 2016, the legislation was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInins informing her of the approval. The School of Undergraduate Studies will transmit the updated Core Curriculum Course list to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for their consideration. On March 16, 2017, The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost received a final response from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. No further action will be taken on this legislation.

Technology-Enhanced Education Oversight Committee Proposal to Create Policies on Polling Technologies and Copyright Ownership of Educational Content (D 14903-14905).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on November 21, 2016. The Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation at its meeting on December 5, 2016. On December 7, 2016, the proposal was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis on behalf of the president. On February 20, 2017, Vice President for Legal Affairs Patricia C. Ohlendorf recommended approval subject to the committee adding a provision on D 14905 that would allow for exceptions if the faculty member was paid by the University to create educational content with the expectation that it could be used by the institution freely based upon its dedication of such resources. On February 21, 2017, the Provost’s Office transmitted the request to Dr. Jennifer Moon, the committee chair. On April 7, 2017, the Dr. Moon, submitted an update that added new language under the section "Proposed Policy Language" on D 14905. The updated version was transmitted to the Executive Vice President and Provost for review and recommendations to the President. On April 11, 2017, the Executive Vice President and Provost transmitted the legislation to the President recommending approval. On April 18, 2017, President Fenves approved the legislation.

Admissions and Registration Committee Proposal to Change the Language of the Transfer Admission Policy in the General Information Catalog (D 14906-14908).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on November 21, 2016. The Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation at its meeting on December 5, 2016. On December 7, 2016, the proposal was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis on behalf of the President. On December 7, 2016, Provost McInnis recommended approval. On December 12, 2016, President Gregory L. Fenves granted final approval.

Resolution to Faculty Council on Academic Freedom and Professor "Watch Lists" (D 14934).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on December 2, 2016. The Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation at its meeting on December 5, 2016. On December 6, 2016, it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his information. No further action is required.

Resolution to Faculty Council on Note of Appreciation to Charlie Strong (D 14935).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on December 5, 2016. The Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation at its meeting on December 5, 2016. On December 6, 2016, it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves and to Men's Athletic Director Mike Perrin for their information. On December 9, 2016, Mr. Perrin thanked the Faculty Council for the resolution and indicated that it had been forwarded it to Coach Strong. No further action is required.

Educational Policy Committee Proposal to Change the Policy for Accepting Transfer Core Coursework in the General Information Catalog (D 14943-14951).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on January 9, 2017. The proposal was scheduled to be reviewed by the Faculty Council at its meeting on January 23, 2017, but, it was withdrawn by the committee so that it could study implementation of the policy were it to receive final approval. 

Resolution Against the Immigration Ban (D 14962).
The resolution was distributed to the Faculty Council on January 31, 2017, via a Qualtrics survey. The results were distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site site https://wikis.utexas.edu/display/facultycouncil/Wiki+Home on February 6, 2017. Voting members of the Faculty Council endorsed the Resolution Against the Immigration Ban (D 14962) by majority vote via a survey distributed to the members on January 31 through February 1, 2017. The urgency of the vote was due to the FCEC’s desire to make a timely statement to the University community. In addition to affirming the resolution, participants were given the opportunity to add their name as a signatory. Fifty members voted in favor of the resolution; forty-one added their names; one member voted against it. On February 6, 2017, the resolution was transmitted to the President. No further action is required. Also see a related Open Letter to the University community from the Faculty Council Executive Committee.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to the University Co-op Board of Directors (D 14983).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on February 16, 2017, and classified as legislation of general interest On February 20, 2017, the Faculty Council unanimously approved the panel by voice vote. On February 21, 2017,  it was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his consideration. On February 24, 2017, President Fenves appointed Professor Sharon L. Strover (Radio-Television-Film) to serve a four-year term on the University Co-op Board of Directors beginning September 1, 2017 and ending August 31, 2021.

Report of The Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to The Intercollegiate Athletics Councils for Men and for Women (D 14989-14990).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 2, 2017. The Faculty Council approved the panel at its meeting on March 6, 2017, and it was transmitted to the President for his consideration on March 7, 2017. On May 25, 2017, President Fenves appointed Professor Allan H. Cole (Social Work) to serve a four-year term on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Men and Professor Kerry A. Kinney (Electrical and Computer Engineering) to serve a four-year term on the Intercollegiate Athletics Council for Women. No further action is required.

Report of The Committee to Nominate Faculty Members for Appointment to The University of Texas at Austin Police Oversight Committee {D 14991}.
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 2, 2017. The Faculty Council approved the panel at its meeting on March 6, 2017, and it was transmitted to the President for his consideration on March 7, 2017. On May 12, 2017, President Gregory L. Fenves appointed Ariel E. Dulitzky to a three-year term on the University of Texas at Austin Police Oversight Committee beginning September 1, 2017, and extending through August 31, 2020. No further action is required.

Election of Voting Faculty Members to the Undergraduate Studies Advisory Committee (D 14992-14993).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 2, 2017.Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 2, 2017. At its meeting on March 6, 2017, the Faculty Council elected Professors Martha F. Hilley (Music) and Sharon L. Strover (Radio-Television-Film) to serve three-year terms on Committee. On March 7, 2017, Dean Brent Iverson was notified of the election results.

Update to The University of Texas at Austin Mission Statement (D 14994).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 1, 2017. The Faculty Council approved the statement by no-protest at its meeting on March 6, 2017. On March 7, 2017, the statement was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his information.

Resolution from the Recruitment and Retention Committee in Support of Undocumented and DACA Students (D 14995).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 2, 2017. The Faculty Council unanimously endorsed the resolution at its meeting on March 6, 2017. The resolution was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his information on March 7, 2017. Also see a related Open Letter to the University community from the Faculty Council Executive Committee.

Proposed Changes to the Minors Section of the Moody College of Communication Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2020 (D 15021-15023).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 20, 2017, and classified as legislation of exclusive interest to only one college or school. On March 1, 2017, the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On March 27, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. The legislation was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis on March 28, 2017. On April 21, 2017, the Provost granted final approval on behalf of the President.

Proposed Changes to the Degrees and Programs Section Concerning ROTC Courses in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2020 (D 15024-15027).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 20, 2017, and classified as legislation of exclusive interest to only one college or school. On March 1, 2017, the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General. On March 27, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. The legislation was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis on March 28, 2017. On April 21, 2017, the Provost granted final approval on behalf of the President.

Proposal to Create a Transcript-Recognized Humanitarian Engineering Certificate in the Cockrell School of Engineering Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2020 (D 15028-15036). Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on March 20, 2017, and classified as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school. On March 1, 2017, the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the changes and forwarded the proposals to the Office of the General Faculty. On April 3, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On April 4, 2017, the legislation was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis. On April 21, 2017, the Provost granted final approval on behalf of the President.

Degrees Awarded in 2016-2017 (D 15065).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 4, 2017, and classified as general legislation. On April 17, 2017, The Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. No further action is required.

Cancelation of 2017 Summer Meetings of the Faculty Council (D 15066).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 4, 2017, and classified as general legislation. On April 17, 2017, The Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On April 20, 2017, the President and Provost were notified of the schedule changes. No further action is required.

Schedule of Meetings for the Faculty Council in 2017-2018 (D 15067). 
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 4, 2017, and classified as general legislation. On April 17, 2017, The Faculty Council approved the legislation on a no-protest basis. On April 20, 2017, the President and Provost were notified of the schedule changes. No further action is required.

Proposed Revisions to the Descriptions of Transcript-Recognized Minors and Certificates in the Undergraduate Catalog as Approved by the Educational Policy Committee (D 15073-15075).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 7, 2017, and classified as general legislation. The proposal was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 10, 2017. On May 1, 2017, the Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation by voice vote. On May 2, 2017, it was transmitted to the Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for review and recommendations to the President. On May 8, 2017, Provost McInnis transmitted her recommendation for approval to President Gregory L. Fenves. On May 15, 2017, President Fenves granted final approval.

Report of the Committee to Nominate Faculty Council Officers for 2017-2018 (D 15081-15082).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 28, 2017. On May 2, 2017, voting members of the 2017-18 Faculty Council elected its officers for next year. Members of the 2017-18 Faculty Council Executive Committee are:

Steven D. Hoelscher, Chair and Professor, American Studies
Charlotte Canning, Chair Elect and Professor, Theatre and Dance
Jody L. Jensen, Past Chair and Professor, Kinesiology and Health Education
Alan W. Friedman, Secretary and Professor, English
Hal S. Alper, Graduate Assembly Chair and Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Simon D. Atkinson, Professor, Architecture
Heather Houser, Associate Professor, English
Jennifer Moon, Senior Lecturer, Biology Instructional Office

Proposal to Modify the Language and Title of the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-2230 Threatened Faculty Retrenchment (D 15084-15095).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on April 7, 2017, and classified as major legislation. The proposal was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 10, 2017, and approved on May 1, 2017. On May 22, 2017, the General Faculty approved it on a no-protest basis. On May 23, 2017, the legislation was transmitted to President Gregory L. Fenves for his consideration. In August 2107, the General Faculty Rules and Governance Committee withdrew the proposal.

Proposed Changes to the McCombs School of Business Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2018-2020 (D 15098-15046).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on May 1, 2017, and classified as being of exclusive interest to more than one college or school. On May 8, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the proposals on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for consideration on May 10, 2017. On May 12, 2017, Provost McInnis granted final approval of the legislation.

  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Management Minor (D 15098-15101)
  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Management Information Systems Minor (D 15102-15105)
  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Marketing Minor (D 15106-15109)
  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Supply Chain Management Minor for Business Majors (D 15110-15113)
  • Request to create an Accounting Minor for Business Economics Option Program (D 15114-15117)
  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Accounting Minor for Business Majors (D 15118-15121)
  • Request to delete the Accounting/Finance Minor for Business Economics Option Program (D 15122-15125)
  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Business Minor for Non-Business Majors (D 15126-15131)
  • Request to create a Finance Minor for Business Economics Option Program (D 15132-15135)
  • Request to change the Finance Minor for Business Majors (D 15136-15140)
  • Request to change the Transcript-Recognized Global Management Certificate (D 15141-15146)

Proposed Changes to the McCombs School of Business Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2018-2020 (D 15147-15169).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on May 1, 2017, and classified as being of general interest to more than one college or school. On May 15, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the proposals on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for consideration on May 16, 2017. On May 30, 2017, Provost McInnis granted final approval on behalf of the President..

  • Request to change the International Business Degree Program (D 15147-15150)
  • Request to change the Marketing Degree Program (D 15151-15153)
  • Request to create a Transcript-Recognized Risk Management Certificate (D 15154-15161)
  • Request to delete the Transcript-Recognized Supply Logistics Optimization Certificate (D 15162-15165)
  • Request to change the Science and Technology Management Degree Program (D 15166-15169)

Proposed Changes to the College of Fine Arts Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2018-2020 (D 15171-15186).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki site on May 3, 2017, and classified as being of exclusive interest to more than one college or school. On May 9, 2017, the Faculty Council approved the proposals on a no-protest basis, and they were transmitted to the Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for consideration on May 10, 2017. On May 12, 2017, Provost McInnis granted final approval of the legislation.

  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Acting Degree Program (D 15171-15173)
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Dance Degree Program (D 15174-15176)
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Music: Harp Performance Degree Program (D 15177-15179)
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Music: Organ or Harpsichord Performance Degree Program (D 15180-15182)
  • Proposed Changes to the Bachelor of Music: Orchestral Instrument Performance Degree Program (D 15183-15186)

2016-2017 Faculty Rules and Governance Committee Proposal to Change the Composition of the Faculty Council Membership in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1110 and 2-1120-PM (D 15231-15239).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki on July 6, 2017, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Rules and Governance Committee (FR&G) submitted changes to the composition of the Faculty Council to include lecturers and clinical faculty who are also voting members of the General Faculty. These changes align with the criteria that determine voting members of the General Faculty (HOP 2-1010) that were updated in Spring 2016 (D 14482-14489). On July 6, 2017, the FR&G unanimously approved the changes, which were considered editorial and did not need Faculty Council approval. The Policy Office updated the Handbook of Operating Procedures to reflect the changes. No further action is required.

Additional recommendations from the 2016-2017 Faculty Rules and Governance Committee to Change the Composition of the Faculty Council Membership in the Handbook of Operating Procedures 2-1110 and 2-1120-PM (D 15255-15263).
Distributed through the Faculty Council Wiki on July 27, 2017, and classified as legislation of general interest. The Faculty Rules and Governance Committee (FR&G) recommended additional changes to the composition of the Faculty Council to include instructors who are tenure track faculty and voting members of the General Faculty. The proposed changes align with the criteria that determine voting members of the General Faculty (HOP 2-1010) that were updated in Spring 2016 (D 14482-14489) and serve as an amendment to the changes submitted on July 6, 2017 (D 15231-15239). The Policy Office updated the Handbook of Operating Procedures to reflect the changes. No further action is required.