The University of Texas at Arlington

Undergraduate Assembly

Minutes

 

The Undergraduate Assembly met in regular session on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, at 2:15 p.m. in the UC Rio Grande B. Provost Dana Dunn presided.

 

Attendance.

 

Member

Present

Excused

Absent

Alternate

Dana Dunn

 

 

 

Michael Moore

 

 

 

Amy Ables

 

 

 

Susan Beckham

 

 

 

Karen Bullis

 

 

 

Bill Carroll

 

 

 

Jinny Choi

 

 

 

Tom Christie

 

 

 

Theresa Daniel

 

 

 

William Dillon

 

 

 

James Epperson

 

 

 

Donald Gatzke

 

 

 

Michael George

 

 

 

Jeanne Gerlach

 

 

 

Karen Given

 

 

 

James Grover

 

 

 

Todd Hamilton

 

 

 

Andy Hansz

 

 

 

D. L. Hawkins

 

 

 

Santos Hernandez

 

 

 

Melinda Hiemenz

 

 

 

Dan Himarios

 

 

 

Karen Johannesson

 

 

 

Lon Johnston

 

 

 

Peter Lehmann

 

 

 

Carl Lovely

 

 

 

Dennis Marynick

 

 

 

Don McConnell

 

 

 

Robert McMahon

 

 

 

Sung Seek Moon

 

 

 

Jim Munch

 

 

 

Paul Paulus

 

 

 

Lynn Peterson

 

 

 

Karl Petruso

 

 

 

Elizabeth Poster

 

 

 

Syed R. Qasim

 

 

 

Peggy Quinn

 

 

 

Dennis Reinhartz

 

 

 

Lana Rings

 

 

 

Gerald Saxon

 

 

 

Marilee Schmelzer

 

 

 

Richie Stuart

 

 

 

Saibun Tjuatja

 

 

 

Casey Townsend

 

 

 

Patricia Turpin

 

 

 

Mike Ward

 

 

 

Alison White

 

 

 

Beth Wright

 

 

 

Kai Yeung

 

 

 

Lara Zwarun

 

 

 

 

Approval of Minutes. The minutes of the regular meeting on March 8, 2005, were approved as published.

 

Report of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. Kimberly van Noort first presented items approved by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

 

Agenda Items Approved by the University Curriculum Committee

March 22, 2005

 

 

College of Business

Course Adds:

MANA 4341 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

MANA 4342 Compensation and Benefits Management

MANA 4343 Training and Development

Course Deletes:

BUSA 3326 Credits and Collections

FINA 2310 Personal Finance

MANA 4323 Organization Analysis

 

College of Engineering:

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Course Changes:

MAE 3304 Astronautics I changing prerequisites

MAE 3310 Thermodynamics I - changing prerequisites

MAE 3319 Dynamic Systems Modeling - changing prerequisites

 

Honors College:

Course Adds:

HONR 1313 Liberal Arts Honors Mathematics

HONR 4203 Honors Independent Study Topics (to provide variable credit)

HONR 4303 - Honors Independent Study Topics (to provide variable credit)

 

College of Liberal Arts:

Department of Communication

Minor catalog text corrections under Public Relations, Journalism, oral competency, teacher certification, and Broadcast Communication to edit out courses no longer

taught, to satisfy oral competency requirement, and provide clarification.

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice add CRCJ 4355 Organized Crime

Department of English

Change in catalog text to reflect several new courses and add ENGL 3347 to list of courses which fulfill the cultural diversity group requirement for teacher certification.

Change in catalog text to reflect 3 courses being added to major requirements, and adding one course option.

Course Adds:

ENGL 4344 Topics in English Language

ENGL 4345 Topics in Critical Theory

ENGL 4346 Topics in Theories of Language

Course Changes: ENGL 4339 Rhetoric and Composition (course clarification)

Department of Modern Languages

Course Changes:

GERM 4313, 4314, 4317, 4321, and 4322 adding prerequisite

 

Department of Music

Course Changes: Adding permission of the instructor as a prerequisite to all major-required courses, primarily private lessons. Recode instruction type for all private lessons from lecture to private lesson.

MUSI 0110, 0117 change from lab to practicum

Department of Philosophy Reinstate PHIL 4318 to inventory

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Course Add:

ANTH 4350 Mesoamerican Archaeology

Course Change: SOCI 4370 changed prerequisite

Course Deletes: SOCI 3305, 4311

School of Nursing

Course Deletes:

NURS 3224 Computer Skills for Nursing

NURS 3334 Community Health Nursing

 

College of Science

Department of Biology

Course Adds: BIOL 3317, 3329, 3352, 4307, 4308, 4325, 4327, 4355, 4357, 4352.

Department of Psychology

Course Adds: PSYC 3100, 4357

Course Changes: PSYC 3142, 3144, 3145, 3146, 3329 (changed from 3328), 3352, 3420, 3431, 4301, 4325, 4327, 4329, 4332, 4334, 4337, and 4339.

Course Deletes: PSYC 2441, 2442, 3312, 4310.

 

After discussion, the following items were approved unanimously.

 

Agenda Items Approved by the University Curriculum Committee

For Consideration by the Undergraduate Assembly

April 12, 2005

 

College of Business

Catalog text requiring minimum of 9 hours of business coursework to be completed in residence at UTA for a minor in business for non-Business majors, with a grade of C or better.

 

Change in catalog text to align admission requirements of College of Business more closely with those of the university.

 

College of Engineering:

Biomedical Engineering Program

Catalog text change to reflect changes in courses and lowering the required hours from 167 to 163.

Course Change: BME 4325 name change (from Contemporary Trends to Fundamentals Of) and course description change.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Minor changes in civil engineering courses for majors.

Addition of new catalog text covering admission requirements to the professional program reflecting changes in Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) in response to accrediting agency concerns. (The College of Engineering requested permission to make similar text changes in all departments. The changes would be reviewed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.)

Statement that minors in Civil Engineering discouraged.

Course Adds:

EE 2307 Electromagnetics I (changing level-previously taught as EE 3307)

Course Delete EE3307 (substituting 2307)

 

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Music

Catalog text reflecting addition and deletion of courses to Music Media/Business option, Music Theatre option, and Music Performance option to satisfy NASM re-accreditation concerns.

Department of Political Science

New catalog text to address minor requirements.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Catalog text to reflect changes to courses for Sociology majors.

Change in catalog text to require Minors in Anthropology to take more than one sub-field.

Course Changes: SOCI 3372 was previously SOCI 4311 Sociological Theory

SOCI 3462 was previously SOCI 3305 (added lab time)

 

School of Nursing:

Course Changes:

NURS 3322 Gerontological Nursing (previously NURS 3222. Adding one credit hour because incorporating content from Nursing 3334 Community Heath Nursing).

NURS 3425 Holistic Health Assessment (previously NURS 3320. Adding one credit hour to reflect clinical time required)

NURS 3435 Health Promotion Across the Life Span (previously taught as NURS 3335. Adding one credit hour to incorporate content from Community Nursing 3334)

NURS 3442 Conceptual Foundations for Professional Nursing (previously NURS 3342. Adding one credit hour to incorporate computer skills and WebCT)

NURS 4463 Community Health Nursing (previously NURS 4363. Adding one credit hour to incorporate content from NURS 3334 which has been deleted).

 

College of Science

Course Adds: PSYC 2443 and 2444 to replace 2441 and 2442; changing course content and name of PSYC 4310.

 

Other Business.

 

Michael George, representing the Academic Standards Committee, presented a new Withdrawal (Resignation) policy. This proposal updates the withdrawal policy to agree with the new drop policy. The policy was passed unanimously.

Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

Withdrawal (Resignation)

A. Proposed Rule

Effective Fall 2006 a student who wishes to withdraw (drop-out) voluntarily from U.T. Arlington before the first official University class day may do so by using SAM, eSAM, or must complete the proper Withdrawal Form in the Registrar's Office. A student who withdraws between the first official University class day and a point in time two-thirds of the way through the semester, session, or specific course offering period will be awarded a grade of W. . A student may not withdraw (drop-out) after the two-thirds point of time in a regular semester. Withdrawal (drop-out) dates for courses in winter session, Maymester, summer sessions, or for those courses in shorter sessions which run concurrently to a regular semester follow an equivalent schedule. A schedule of withdrawal (drop-out) dates for these sessions may be obtained on the U.T. Arlington Registrar's Office Web page (www.uta.edu/registrar).

         Withdrawal (dropping out) from the university during a semester constitutes withdrawal from all courses in which a student is enrolled during that semester. Upon official notification of the student's withdrawal from the university, the Office of the Registrar is authorized to enter the dated notation "withdrew" on the student's official permanent record. No grade is posted if a student withdraws before Census Date of that semester or session.

         A student who wishes to withdraw (drop-out) voluntarily from U.T. Arlington on or before the two-thirds point in time of a session, or the equivalent time in winter session, Maymester, or summer session, may do so by using SAM or eSAM.  After the two-thirds point in time in a session, or the equivalent time in winter session, Maymester, summer sessions, a student must file the appropriate petition with the Dean of his/her Enrollment College or School. 

         Until the two-thirds point in time of a term, or the equivalent time in winter session, Maymester, or summer sessions, a student may withdraw from any or all courses which began in the same session and will be awarded a grade of W.

         After the two-thirds point in time of a session, or the equivalent time in winter session, Maymester, or summer sessions, a student who because of circumstances beyond his or her control finds it necessary to withdraw from any or all courses, must file the appropriate petition with the Dean of his/her enrollment college or school.  Reasons not acceptable include (but are not limited to) the student's performance in the course(s), lack of preparation for the course(s), dissatisfaction with the instructor,  or dissatisfaction with the subject matter offered in the course(s). If the petition is approved, a copy with the appropriate grade of W or F as stipulated by the Dean will be filed with the Office of the Registrar who is then authorized to enter the grade "W" or F on the student's official permanent record.  The instructor(s) of the course(s) will be so notified of this action by the Dean. If the petition is not approved, the student continues to be enrolled in the course(s) and a final grade must be submitted by the instructor(s).

         Withdrawal from any and all courses shall not be permitted after the last day of regularly scheduled classes except when the student experiences a genuine emergency after the regularly scheduled classes end and prior to sitting for the final examination in a given course or courses.

         Withdrawal from any or all courses shall not be permitted after the final examination in that course has been given.

         A student who stops attending a course (or courses) and does not officially withdraw from it (them) shall have the appropriate grade as submitted by the instructor entered on the student's official permanent record for the course(s). Such a grade shall be based on the grading criteria used to evaluate all students in the course.

         Exceptions to this policy may be entertained because of extraordinary non-academic circumstances. Under such circumstances, approval must be received from the instructor, department chair, dean, and the Office of the Provost.

Note:  The following is already stipulated in the Graduate Catalog.  Graduate professional colleges shall formulate rules to govern withdrawal of their students from courses in their respective curricula, subject to the approval of the Graduate Assembly, and publish these rules in their respective sections of the bulletins.

B. Current Rule

A student who wishes to withdraw (resign) voluntarily from U.T. Arlington before the first official University class day may do so by using SAM or the Web. On or after the first official University class day, a student must complete the proper resignation form in the Registrar's Office. A student who withdraws after the sixth week of class in a regular semester or the equivalent time in a summer session will be awarded a grade of W if passing a course or a grade of F if failing a course. A student may not withdraw (resign) after the 12th week of class in a regular semester. Withdrawal (resignation) dates for courses in Wintersession, Maymester, Summer terms, or for those courses in shorter terms which run concurrently to a regular semester follow an equivalent schedule. A schedule of withdrawal dates for these terms may be obtained on the U.T. Arlington Registrar's Office Web page (www.uta.edu/registrar).

 

A question was raised about whether the university would consider purchasing software to detect papers downloaded from the internet. After discussion, it was decided to refer the issue to the Academic Standards Committee to explore.

After the last meeting where the new add/drop policy was approved, it was brought to the attention of Provost Dunn that the undergraduate drop dates would now not be in alignment with the graduate program drop dates. Provost Dunn asked the graduate program to reassess the policy to see if they could come to a similar decision in time for fall.

This pointed out the lack of communication between the two assembly bodies. Provost Dunn said that while there are many issues that differ, there are some that could and should be coordinated. To that end, Provost Dunn asked the Dean of the Graduate School to join the Undergraduate Assembly as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

Adjournment. The meeting adjourned at 2:42 p.m.

 

Michael K. Moore

Secretary