Summary Legislation Under Consideration or Revision

LEGISLATION PENDING REVIEW BY THE TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD

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.

LEGISLATION PENDING REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT

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.

LEGISLATION PENDING REVIEW BY THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

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. Upon approval, Graduate Studies will transmit it to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Faculty Welfare Committee Resolution on Modified Instructional Duties (D 18160-18161)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu/ on March 30, 2020. The resolution was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 13, 2020. It was approved by majority vote. On April 14, 2020, the resolution was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for her information. The Provost’s office is reviewing the HOP 2-2240 Modified Instructional Duties policy to assess how best it might be updated.

Faculty Welfare Committee Resolution on Faculty and Staff Paid Medical Leave (D 18162-18163)
Distributed through the Faculty Council website https://facultycouncil.utexas.edu/ on March 30, 2020. The resolution was presented to the Faculty Council at its meeting on April 13, 2020. It was approved by majority vote. On April 14, 2020, the resolution was transmitted to Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis for her information. On May 22, 2020, the Provost’s office transmitted the resolution to Associate Vice President for Human Resources Adrienne Howarth-Moore for consideration given federal and state laws.