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Rule 40101: Faculty Role in Educational Policy Formulation

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40000: Academic Issues

Date Approved

Date Last Amended

Office(s) Responsible for Rule

Office of Academic Affairs 
Office of Health Affairs 

1.  Title

Faculty Role in Educational Policy Formulation 

2.  Rule and Regulation

Sec. 1  Board Commitment.   The Board of Regents will devote its best efforts to making all of the institutions of The University of Texas System of the "first class," as the Texas Constitution directs in Article VII, Section 10. The Board will be guided in general by the best practices of the top universities in the United States and abroad, especially by the best practices of state universities in the United States.

Sec. 2  Advice on Board Policies.   The Board of Regents will ordinarily seek the advice of the faculty on important matters of academic policy.

Sec. 3  General Authority.   Subject to the authority of the Board of Regents and subject further to the authority that the Board has vested in the various administrative officers and subdivisions of the System, the faculties of the institutions regularly offering instruction shall have a major role in the governance of their respective institutions in the following areas:

3.1  General academic policies and welfare.

3.2  Student life and activities.

3.3  Requirements of admission and graduation.

3.4  Honors and scholastic performance.

3.5  Approval of candidates for degrees.

3.6  Faculty rules of procedure.

Sec. 4  Necessity of Approval by Regents.   Legislation recommended by an institutional faculty, or legislative body thereof, requiring approval of the Board of Regents, shall not be effective unless and until approved by the Board. Such legislation by a college or school faculty shall not be presented to the Board until it has been approved by the institutional faculty, either directly or through its legislative body, and has received the consideration and recommendation of the institutional president, the appropriate Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Chancellor. The faculty affected will be notified by the Board, through administrative channels, of its action on recommended faculty legislation.

Sec. 5  Approval of Degree Candidates.   It shall be the duty of the several institutional faculties to recommend approval or disapproval of all candidates for degrees. This duty may be delegated by affirmative vote of the institutional faculty, or its legislative body, to the respective deans or other appropriate official. Should this duty not be delegated, the institutional registrar, or his or her equivalent, shall furnish to the members of the institutional faculty a complete list of the degree candidates for recommendation.

Sec. 6  List of Degree Candidates.   The institutional registrar, as soon as possible after each commencement, shall provide the secretary of his or her institutional faculty, or its legislative body, with a complete list of all successful degree candidates.

3.  Definitions


4.  Relevant Federal and State Statutes 

Texas Constitution Article VII, Section 10 – Establishment of University 

5.  Relevant System Policies, Procedures, and Forms 


6.  Who Should Know 


7.  System Administration Office(s) Responsible for Rule 

Office of Academic Affairs 
Office of Health Affairs 

8.  Dates Approved or Amended 

Editorial amendment to Section 4 made on September 25, 2018 
Editorial amendment to Section 4 made on July 13, 2015 
December 10, 2004 

9.  Contact Information 

Questions or comments regarding this Rule should be directed to: