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Resolution To Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs

Whereas all faculty are by Regent’s Rules (Regent Rule 40101) required to be involved in governance of the organization, and whereas; certain University of Texas Health Science Centers consisting of multiple different schools are currently represented by unified faculty governance organizations, and whereas, The University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler (UTHSCT) clinical faculty are currently not represented within the formal UTHSCT faculty governance organization, we resolve that the UTHSCT be required to expand their current governance organization to include representation from the clinical faculty that is equivalent to the representation from the academic faculty.

Passed Unanimously

Resolution on Guns on Campus to the Chancellor

The University of Texas Faculty Advisory Council believes that the carrying of firearms on campus by anyone other than law enforcement officers is detrimental to the safety and security of all on campus.

Passed with one opposed and with one abstention

Resolution on Encryption

Whereas computer encryption programs can directly inhibit certain kinds of faculty research and communication, each UT System campus should establish an information security advisory committee with substantial faculty membership to receive and to make recommendations with regard to faculty requests for exemptions from requirements for the encryption of university owned computers and mobile communication devices.
Passed Unanimously

Resolution on Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment to the Chancellor and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Work that is considered to be integral to the duties of faculty as teachers and scholars is already reported in annual evaluation reports and other periodic personnel processes.

Therefore, FAC recommends that local policy not require faculty to report such information in annual Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest disclosures, unless, in the opinion of a reasonable person, there is a prima facie conflict of interest or commitment.

Passed Unanimously

Resolution on Faculty and Staff Rights to Privacy to the Chancellor and to the Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Faculty and staff of the University of Texas System have the same inalienable rights as other citizens of the United States and as are recognized in international conventions on human rights. These include the rights of freedom of speech and of the press, the right of association, the right to petition the government, and rights to dignity and privacy.
The University of Texas System may properly disclose information pertaining to its relationships with its faculty and staff if that information is otherwise public, such as employment titles, pay, and assigned duties.  It may, subject to appropriate laws, disclose information on arrangements it has made with faculty and staff members to assure that their activities and associations outside of their employment with the university do not interfere with their abilities to carry out their obligations to the university.  
The University of Texas System should not disclose information on employees’ associations, activities, speech, or sources of income outside their relationships to the university and not within the scope of their employment in the university.  This specifically includes, but is not limited to, information on their domestic arrangements, business activities, charitable activities, political activities or associations, publications or other speech activities, appearances as expert witnesses under subpoena or otherwise, and employment in other organizations outside of the university, or such associations or activities of the members of their households or family relations.

Passed Unanimously

Resolution on the formation of the new UT in South Texas

Whereas, HB 1000 and SB 24 section 4 (c) states “In recognition of the abolition of The University of Texas--Pan American and The University of Texas at Brownsville as authorized by this Act, the board of regents shall facilitate the   employment at the university created by this Act of as many faculty and staff of the abolished universities as is prudent and practical”;

Whereas, the companion House and Senate bills contain vague language concerning retention of UTB and UTPA faculty and staff;

Whereas, The UT Board of Regents’ Rule contains no specific policy governing the merger of academic or medical campuses;

Therefore, be it resolved that the UT System Faculty Advisory Council strongly recommends that, should the legislation be enacted into law, the following guiding principles be implemented:

“All faculty and staff employed by the University of Texas--Pan American and the University of Texas at Brownsville, upon dissolution of the two institutions and merger into one newly created South Texas university, will have their positions, salaries, and tenure statuses as well as time and rank transferred to the newly established institution.  

In the event that duplication of duties necessitates reconsideration of existing administrative structures leading to the elimination of current positions in either Brownsville or Edinburg, Board of Regents’ Rules and pre-existing UTPA and UTB policies shall be followed in a manner that is mindful and respectful of shared governance.  In the event of a situation where no extant local or Regents' policy specifically governs the issue, a policy shall be created through existing shared governance procedures including the UT System Faculty Advisory Council and local faculty and staff governance bodies.”

Passed Unanimously

Resolution on Space Utilization to Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Whereas the new Space Utilization metrics that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and UT System have imposed on the constituent UT campuses have proven to be both burdensome and counterproductive, and oftentimes do not allow universities to appropriately utilize specially configured classrooms, the University of Texas System Faculty Advisory Council resolves that System work to reform space utilization policies and develop better metrics in consultation with faculty governance bodies to allow for appropriate room usage as determined by local campuses. 

Passed Unanimously

Resolution Faculty Analytic Tools to Executive Vice Chancellor of Health Affairs and the Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Be it resolved that the implementation of any analytic tool (e.g. Academic Analytics, SciVal, MyEdu) either by System as a whole or by individual campuses for faculty assessment purposes shall be subject to regular review and approval by campus faculty governance bodies and/or by the System Faculty Advisory Council. Further, each campus Chief Academic Officers (or a designee) shall ensure that there will be a regular mechanism for improving the usage of these tools when these bodies or when individual faculty members reveal omissions, absences, and flaws in the analytics and/or raise issues with their usage. 

Passed Unanimously

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