March 6, 2000
|Subject:||Request for Mandate To Streamline Senate Bylaws|
Resolved, That the UT Faculty Senate asks the Bylaws Committee to prepare and submit to the Senate for its consideration a thorough revision of the Senate's Bylaws.The purposes of the rewriting would be:
"We then proceeded, as deliberately and openly as possible, to consult with faculty, administrators (and their legal advisers), staff, and students; to receive as much input as we could and to take all views into account; to meet regularly to share our reactions to the input we received and to refine our views; to consider where we would hold firm and where we would compromise; and to draft and redraft until we arrived at a version (it took fifteen in all) that we thought we could successfully present and defend in public. Our arriving at this point took a year longer than many had hoped, but the deliberate pace proved worthwhile: we considered (and either accepted or answered) all points of view; everyone had opportunity to comment along the way; we avoided backing anyone into a corner; and we preempted any possible charge of haste."