Pending the President

Tower & Battle Hall

Marsha Miller

LEGISLATION PENDING REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT IN 2020-2021

Proposed New University of Texas at Austin Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement (D 18263-18267)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on June 4, 2020. The Secretary classified the proposal as emergency legislation. The Faculty Council approved it by majority vote at its meeting on June 15, 2020. It was transmitted to Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Daniel T. Jaffe on June 16, 2020. Staff Council endorsed the Faculty Council’s proposed new University of Texas at Austin Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement (D 18263-18267) by majority vote on June 18. On June 19, 2020, the Graduate Assembly also voted to endorse the statement by majority vote. On July 7, 2020, Interim Provost Jaffe transmitted the legislation to Interim President Jay C. Hartzell recommending approval.

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.

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.

Resolution to Endorse Petition Entitled “Demand UT Take Action to Protect Black Students” (D 18292-18295)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on June 12, 2020. On June 15, 2020, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution by majority vote. It was transmitted to Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Daniel T. Jaffe on June 16, 2020, with a request that the University Administration make significant progress on all items in the petition by August 10, 2020, so that the reforms are in place before the vast majority of students arrive on campus for the fall 2020 semester. Interim Provost Jaffe was asked to provide his recommendations for approval or disapproval to Interim President Jay Hartzell. On June 25, 2020, Interim Provost Jaffe indicated that "While I am not in a position to endorse these petitions, they provide important and valuable information and context for the upcoming listening sessions that ]Interim President Hartzell has scheduled in the coming weeks." Final approval resides with the President.

Resolution to Endorse Petition Entitled “Have UT Austin Acknowledge Its Racist History and Vow to Make Reparations” (D 18296-18299)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu on June 12, 2020. On June 15, 2020, the Faculty Council endorsed the resolution by majority vote. It was transmitted to Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Daniel T. Jaffe on June 16, 2020, with a request that the University Administration make significant progress on all items in the petition in the 2020-21 academic year. It believes that several items can be completed in the 2020-21 academic year, including the renaming of Robert Lee Moore Hall. Interim Provost Jaffe was asked to provide his recommendations for approval or disapproval to Interim President Jay Hartzell. On June 25, 2020, Interim Provost Jaffe indicated that "While I am not in a position to endorse these petitions, they provide important and valuable information and context for the upcoming listening sessions that ]Interim President Hartzell has scheduled in the coming weeks." Final approval resides with the President.

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.

Proposed Land Acknowledgment to be Adopted by The University of Texas at Austin (D 18514-18518)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu/ on September 14, 2020. The Secretary classified the proposal as general interest. On September 21, 2020, the Faculty Council unanimously approved the legislation. On September 22, 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 September 28, 2020, Interim Vice President and Provost Daniel Jaffe transmitted the legislation to President Jay Hartzell recommending approval. Final approval resides with the President.