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Resolution Regarding New University in South Texas

To the University of Texas Board of Regents

Whereas, the University of Texas Board of Regents unanimously approved an initiative to authorize Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa to work with the Texas Legislature to establish a new university that includes the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and the future South Texas School of Medicine;

Whereas, this new university will be eligible for revenue from the Permanent University Fund, a major catalyst for building a world-class research university;

Whereas, the new institution will also be eligible for more funding sources such as the National Research University Fund, the Texas Research Incentive Plan, and matching UT System funds;

Whereas, the new university will be an emerging research university;

Therefore, be it resolved that The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council supports the creation of a new University of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley with campuses in Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, and McAllen.

Approved January 25, 2013

Resolution on Domestic Partnerships

To the University of Texas Board of Regents

Whereas, non-marital domestic partnerships are becoming increasingly common in modern society;

Whereas an increasing number of corporations, governmental entities. and universities are including the partner of an employee in their benefit plans with equivalent status to an employee's spouse;

Whereas providing equivalent status is an issue of fairness and equity;

Whereas providing equivalent status will have a positive effect on faculty and staff morale; and

Whereas providing equivalent status will have a positive effect on faculty and staff recruitment and retention;

Therefore, be it resolved that The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council encourages the Board of Regents to urge legislators to pursue changes in state laws and, subsequently, to change Regents' Rules to allow The University of Texas System to treat a domestic partner equivalently to an employee's spouse in all University benefit plans.
 Approved January 25, 2013

Resolution on Contingent Faculty

To the Executive Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs and Health Affairs

Consistent with the spirit of the American Association of University Professors' report "The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Holding Contingent Appointments," The University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council supports the principle of significant integration of contingent faculty in governance matters, with the exact form and nature of this role to be determined by each institution.

Approved January 25, 2013

Resolution on Tenure

To the Chancellor

The University of Texas Faculty Advisory Committee endorses the uniform application of tenure policies as outlined in Regent's Rules in all University Health components. Accomplishment of this goal requires immediate implementation of existing term-tenure granting authority at the University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler. As degree granting institutions, we also endorse modifying Regent's Rule 31007 to allow both UTHSC-Tyler and UT M.D. Anderson to grant full tenure to qualified faculty.

Approved January 25, 2013

Resolution on Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest

To Dan Sharphorn, Associate Vice Chancellor and Deputy General Counsel

The Faculty Advisory Council of the UT System resolves that the following revisions be made to the online reporting form for the Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment policies:

  1. Categories for compensation throughout should be consistent with those of the Research Conflict of Interest form.
  2. Wherever the form indicates that what is requested and being granted is “permission,” the word “permission” should be changed to “approval.”
  3. Wherever the form reads “may reasonably appear to pose a conflict of interest,” it should be changed to “give the appearance of a conflict of interest to a reasonable person.” 

Approved January 25, 2013

 

 
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