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Handbook of Operating Procedures
Chapter 2 - Faculty and Academics
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
Responsible Executive: VP for Academic Affairs


2.33 Faculty Proficiency in English


I. POLICY STATEMENT


The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) affirms that all courses (with the exception of courses specifically designated to be taught in languages other than English) will be taught in clearly spoken English. All newly appointed faculty members are required to complete a form attesting that English is or is not their primary language. When English is not a newly appointed faculty member’s primary language, or when there are a significant number of student complaints that a faculty member does not speak English clearly, the faculty member must demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency.


II. RATIONALE


This policy establishes a uniform procedure to assure that all faculty members possess the State-required oral English proficiency.


III. SCOPE


This policy applies to all faculty.


IV. WEBSITE ADDRESS FOR THIS POLICY


http://www.utsa.edu/hop/chapter2/2-33.html


V. RELATED STATUTES, POLICIES, REQUIREMENTS OR STANDARDS


UTSA or UT System Policies or the Board of Regents Rules & Regulations        

  1. UTSA Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP) policy 2.02, Faculty Titles and Tenure Status      

Other Policies & Standards

  1. Texas Education Code 51.917: Faculty Members: Use of English


VI. CONTACTS


If you have any questions about HOP policy 2.33, Faculty Proficiency in English, contact the following offices:

The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Support
210-458-2898

The Office of ESL Services
210-458-7677


VII. DEFINITIONS


Faculty Member means a person who teaches or assists in the teaching of a course offered for academic credit, including teaching assistants, lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, and full professors. 

Proficiency means achieving a satisfactory grade on the UTSA Oral Language Proficiency Test or similar test approved by The University of Texas System (UT System) Board of Regents.


VIII. RESPONSIBILITIES


  1. Department Chair
    1. Informs the intended new faculty hire about all requirements related to oral English proficiency.
    2. Reviews and signs English Language Proficiency Form and makes referral if needed.
  2. Faculty Member
    1. Completes all requirements to ensure proficiency in oral English.
  3. Office of ESL Services
    1. Administers the UTSA Oral Language Proficiency Test to all newly appointed faculty members for whom English is not their primary language.
    2. Enrolls faculty members who fail to achieve a satisfactory score on the UTSA Oral Language Proficiency Test in developmental oral English instruction.
  4. Dean
    1. Certifies to the provost and vice president for academic affairs (provost) that faculty whose primary language is not English have demonstrated their proficiency in oral English by satisfying the requirements listed in the policy.

IX. PROCEDURES


  1. Newly hired Faculty Members
    1. As part of the hiring process, all intended new faculty hires will be informed that:
      1. Every faculty member is required to speak English clearly.
      2. If the new faculty member must enroll in developmental instruction for oral English, s/he is required to pay for it.
    2. Each newly appointed faculty member will complete the Faculty Proficiency in English Form (part of the Faculty Recruitment Packet compiled by the faculty member’s department) attesting whether English is or is not her/his primary language.
    3. The department chair will review the form and, if necessary, refer the faculty member to the Office of ESL Services to take the UTSA Oral Language Proficiency Test at the earliest scheduled date.
      1. Information on the date and location of this test can be obtained from the Office of ESL Services.
  2. Other Faculty Members
    If the University receives a significant number of student complaints that the faculty member does not speak English clearly, the faculty member may also be required by the department chair to take the UTSA Oral Language Proficiency Test at the earliest scheduled date.
  3. A faculty member who fails to achieve a passing score on the Oral Language Proficiency Test will be required to enroll in designated oral English developmental instruction through the Office of ESL Services until s/he achieves a satisfactory score on the aforementioned test.
  4. A faculty member who enrolls in designated oral English developmental instruction is required by State law to pay the cost of the test and the instruction.
  5. Deans will be responsible for certifying to the provost that a faculty member whose primary language is not English or for whom student complaints were received (as indicated in (B) has demonstrated proficiency in spoken English by satisfying the requirements listed above.

X. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION


None


XI. FORMS AND TOOLS/ONLINE PROCESSES


English Language Proficiency Form

Office of ESL Services


XII. APPENDIX


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