Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) provides opportunities for students and the campus community to cultivate academic, personal and professional success. We enhance the student experience through a wide array of intentional programs, services and activities that support the life cycle of our students.
In addition, the division champions the over-arching goals of the university by implementing programs essential to realizing UNT’s mission and goals.
Departments and programs within the DSA include: Career Center, Center for Leadership and Service, Counseling and Testing Services, Dean of Students, Dining Services, Greek Life, Housing and Residence Life, Orientation and Transition Programs, Parent Programs, Recreational Sports, Student Activities Center, Student Affairs Administration, Student Health and Wellness Center, Student Legal Services, Student Money Management Center, University Union, and the Veterans Center.
For more information call, 940-565-4909.
UNT-International assists all students, both citizens of the U.S. and of other countries, who wish to include an international experience in their education. UNT-International assists UNT administration, faculty, colleges and departments in the development and conduct of international education activities and programs on and off campus. UNT-International also directs and supports activity office constituent units. Most units are located on the first floor of Marquis Hall (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web site: international.unt.edu).
The Intensive English Language Institute provides English and academic skills instruction to students whose first language is not English. Contact: 940-565-2003 or come by Marquis Hall, Room 145 or visit international.unt.edu/ieli.
The International Recruitment Office helps international students from the time of their first inquiry about attending UNT until they receive admission to the university. Contact 940-369-7624 or come by Marquis Hall, Room 114 or visit international.unt.edu/futurestudents.
The International Student and Scholar Services Office assists students and scholars with matters related to immigration and maintaining student status. Contact: 940-565-2195 or come by Marquis Hall, Room 125 or visit international.unt.edu/advising.
The International Welcome Center is a “home away from home” for international students. It provides orientation programs and campus and community information and activities. Contact: 940-369-8625 or come by Marquis Hall, Room 110 or visit international.unt.edu/welcome.
The Sponsored and Special Programs Center tailors programs for UNT international students sponsored by governments, agencies, businesses or other universities; provides special orientations, personal and academic counseling; and reports academic progress to sponsors with direct invoicing for tuition and fees. Contact 940-565-2196; come by Marquis Hall, Room 106 or visit international.unt.edu/sspc.
The Study Abroad Office (SAO) encourages study experience all over the world. It assists faculty, staff and students with exchanges, program selection and travel logistics. SAO hosts exchange students from other countries on the UNT campus. U.S. students wishing to transfer credits from international institutions should contact the SAO for pre-approval. Contact 940-565-2207; come by Sage Hall, Room 236 or visit international.unt.edu/studyabroad.
International student health insurance requirement
Since 1982, UNT has required all international students to have medical insurance. Consequently, all international students are automatically assessed for the UNT-offered health plan each semester at registration.
There are only three instances when a student may receive a waiver from the UNT-offered health care plan:
- an international student has a government sponsored plan;
- an international student has insurance through employment in the U.S.; or
- an international student has coverage based through the employment of a parent or relative in the U.S.
Students who request an insurance waiver will be required to show proof of coverage that is either government sponsored or provided by a U.S. employer. Supplementary insurance to cover medical evacuation and repatriation will also be required. A waiver will not be granted until such proof is shown.
International students eligible for UNT employee insurance are sent an e-mail from the Benefits Office with instructions on how to enroll in employee coverage. Once enrollment is completed, the student then proceeds to the Student Health and Wellness Center to complete a Waiver Request Form. Information is then provided regarding the purchase of medical evacuation and repatriation coverage which is required for all international students. If the student is in the mandatory 90-day waiting period, the student will wait until the following semester to waive the UNT-offered student insurance. Waivers are processed each semester up until the official 12th class day.
Questions about the UNT-offered health plan or about a waiver from the plan should be addressed to the Student Health and Wellness Center, Chestnut Hall, Room 205 or 940-565-2157.
Tuberculosis (TB) screening requirement
UNT requires all incoming international and IELI students from high-risk tubercular disease countries to be screened for TB. These students must be screened and/or tested for TB within the first three weeks after the 12th class day of their first term of study on the UNT campus or provide documentation of a previous TB test with results. For more information, please visit the Student Health and Wellness Center web site at healthcenter.unt.edu or call 940-565-2333.
A wide range of student- and faculty-centered services are the cornerstone of the Libraries’ integral role in the UNT community. As an essential component of education and research at UNT, the Libraries offer access to more than seven million items (print and digital), along with expert personnel to assist patrons in achieving their academic and scholarly goals. Visit us online at www.library.unt.edu.
UNT Libraries’ services include:
- Willis Library open 24/7 during long semesters
- Electronic resources, including journals, books and other research materials
- Research assistance from subject experts
- Library instruction, subject guides and tutorials
- Mac and PC laptop checkout
- The Study cafe in Willis Library
- Free video games, movies, music and more
- Accessible tables, study carrels, and computers in Willis, Eagle Commons, Media, and Discovery Park libraries
Libraries and collections
UNT Libraries have many exceptional collections:
- The Music Library is one of the country’s largest music collections, with an extensive phonographic disc and tape collection, and the private jazz collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Whit Ozier and Leon Breeden.
- Special Collections preserve and provide access to an incredible wealth of materials that document the history and legacy of Texas, as well as touch on numerous topics of national import. Collections include the history of the university, oral histories and Texas county records. Other important archival collections include those of Sarah T. Hughes, Enid Justin and Ruth Salmon. The holdings also feature an outstanding miniature book collection; the private library of Anson Jones, President of the Republic of Texas; Texas Society of Sons of the American Revolution; the Weaver Collection of Juvenile materials; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles. Recently expanded collections include the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Archive; the Latino/Latina Archive; and the Photography and Visual Materials Collection, which includes the photographic archives of several prominent photographers.
- The Government Documents Department, contains U.S. and Texas government documents, including the Texas Register. The library has received national recognition for efforts to preserve online government information through the CyberCemetery and participation in the 2008 End-of-Term Harvest of U.S. government web sites. The UNT Libraries have the distinction of being one of ten affiliated archives of the National Archives.
- Through collaborative efforts such as the Portal to Texas History and the UNT Digital Library, the Libraries provide digital content to a worldwide audience. The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials from more than 250 partners at libraries, museums and archives across Texas. The UNT Digital Library is ranked in the top 15 digital repositories in North America and is 19th best globally. Highlighted collections in the UNT Digital Library include UNT electronic theses and dissertations, the Federal Communications Commission Record, UNT Scholarly Works, a Virtual Music Rare Book Room and the World War poster collections.
In addition to Willis Library, UNT Libraries include the following:
- The Media Library in Chilton Hall, which houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including videos, 16 mm films and audio CDs. Video-on-demand service is provided for curriculum support.
- The Discovery Park Library, which supports the College of Engineering and the College of Information.
- The Eagle Commons Library in Sycamore Hall, which focuses on physics, chemistry, biology, art and psychology and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics. The Collaboration and Learning Commons offers the ideal place on campus to study in groups, create multimedia projects and record presentations.
- The Library Annex and the Research Collection Library—both located off-campus—which provide storage and house the preservation and technical services departments.
Centralized campus computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS). ACUS is a division of University Information Technology (UIT; it.unt.edu) and is located in Suite 336-338 of Sage Hall. ACUS services include support for a wide range of research computing platforms, student messaging, training, consulting and the university computing help desk (helpdesk.unt.edu).
In addition to the services directly supported by ACUS, computer services are also available from the University Libraries and many college, school and departmental computer support centers. Computer networks are installed in all academic departments, providing Internet connectivity. Wireless networking (UNT secure network and Eaglenet) is available in most campus classroom buildings and in public buildings such as the University Union and UNT Libraries. Online courses are offered with support from the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign (CLEAR; clear.unt.edu) using computing systems supported by Information Shared Services (ITSS; itss.untsystem.edu).
Student computing services
Thirteen general access microcomputer labs (computerlabs.unt.edu), housing approximately 700 computers, are available to all students for use of both Windows and Macintosh personal computers. Laser printers are provided in all labs. Approximately 30 additional special-purpose labs serve students in particular disciplines or students living in university residence halls. In addition, all residence hall rooms have network connections, allowing students to have high-speed access to the Internet and the campus network on their own computers.
Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS) provides electronic mail to all students via EagleConnect (eagleconnect.unt.edu), a web-based e-mail and calendar system. EagleConnect is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Through their EagleConnect service, students can also download and install Microsoft Office on their personal computing devices for free.
Research computing support
Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS) supports a large High Performance Computing (HPC) system used for computationally intensive scientific research (hpc.unt.edu).
ACUS provides support for the SPSS, SAS, R, Matlab, and other statistical analysis and mathematics programming languages. SAS, SPSS, R, and Matlab are available for use in many of the general access computing labs. Documentation, training and consultation support are available for all supported statistical programming applications (www.unt.edu/rss).
ACUS supports access to machine-readable data collections including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archives, Standard and Poor’s COMPUSTAT and the Center for Research in Security Prices’ (CRSP) data sets. The University Libraries also maintain a number of databases and other research materials on CD-ROM servers that are accessible through the campus network.
Consulting, training and help desk services
Consulting and training are provided by Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS) to facilitate the use of research and instructional computing facilities. Short courses are offered on statistical packages and research techniques that are of particular interest to students involved in research activities.
Computer-based training programs are accessible within general access computer labs or via the web (it.unt.edu/training). Experienced consultants are available to assist students with computing problems.
ACUS operates the university help desk service to provide students with information and help on a variety of computing problems (helpdesk.unt.edu). The help desk is located in Sage Hall, Room 130. The phone number is 940-565-2324.
Benchmarks Online (www.unt.edu/benchmarks), University Information Technology’s (UIT) newsletter, is published monthly and is an excellent resource for news about computing and information technology resources in use at UNT.
Student services, activities and information
Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning
The Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning provides the administrative structure for continuing education academic programs to meet professional education and career development requirements of adult groups.
Continuing education programs (conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.) for all of the schools and colleges of the university can be coordinated by the center. This assistance includes financial planning in accordance with official university procedures; arrangements for housing, food service, meeting space, transportation and audiovisual equipment; and assistance with preregistration and on-site registration.
Continuing education credit is awarded by the center, and these records are kept on permanent file.
Lifelong learning programs for adults include the Emeritus College and professional development certificates. Emeritus College offers non-credit classes for adults 50 and older. Professional development certificates are offered for working adults who need skill updates or wish to transition to new fields.
The center is responsible for arranging and scheduling the use of university classroom facilities for off-campus groups and for university departments for purposes other than credit classes.
The Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning is located in Woodhill Square, 1100 Dallas Drive, Suite 112. For additional information, call 940-565-2656, visit the web site at call.unt.edu, or write to the director, 1155 Union Circle #310560, Denton, TX 76203-5017.
Student Activities Center
The Student Activities Center provides organization training and advisement, special events planning, and official registration for all student organizations at the university. For information, call 940-565-3807.
A wide array of clubs and organizations offer UNT students a connection with people of similar and varied interests, and avenues for organized and meaningful service.
Numerous national honor societies offer recognition to the student who exhibits outstanding academic achievements and campus participation. National professional societies and departmental clubs also offer involvement within the academic disciplines.
Still other clubs offer a chance to join in activities with people of mutual interests.
For a complete list of academic, service and social clubs at UNT, contact the Student Activities Center, Stovall Temporary Union Building, Room 155; www.unt.edu/sa; or call 940-565-3807.
Adaptive Computer Lab
Any UNT student, faculty and staff with a valid UNT ID card can use the Adaptive Computer Lab facilities. Students registered with UNT’s Office of Disability Accommodation (ODA) have preemptive privileges when the lab is full or when specific adaptive equipment is needed. Students are encouraged to visit the lab early in the term/semester and become familiar with equipment and services. The lab has adaptive consultants on duty 60 hours a week for hands-on help and training.
The Adaptive Computer Laboratory is located in Sycamore Hall, Room 104. To contact the Adaptive Computer Lab, call 940-565-3048, TDD Access through Relay Texas: 800-735-2989, or write to:
Yonathan Khoe, Manager
Adaptive Computer Lab
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305398
Denton, TX 76203-5017
The lab may be accessed through the Internet (www.unt.edu/ACSGAL/).
UNT Alumni Association
The UNT Alumni Association is a member-driven organization that supports the mission and vision of the University of North Texas by enhancing its institutional reputation, community engagement and advancement with UNT constituents. For more information, visit UNTalumni.com or call 940-565-2834.
Athletic organizations and activities
Both the Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports programs at UNT offer a wide range of opportunities for recreation. Accessible sports facilities include the Pohl Recreation Center with two swimming pools, four gymnasiums, an indoor soccer court, 45-foot tall climbing wall, weight room and cardio area, 1/8 mile indoor track, group exercise rooms, Smoothie King and Point Bank lounge area. The Waranch Tennis Complex has 12 lighted tennis courts.
The Physical Education Building contains handball/racquetball courts.
Pohl Recreation Center
The Pohl Recreation Center provides facilities for recreational and fitness activities, including a weight room, a climbing wall, a bouldering wall, an indoor track for walking and jogging, an aquatics area, four gymnasiums and an outdoor pursuits center. The aquatics area includes a lap pool, a spa and a leisure pool (with warmer water than in the lap pool, a vortex, a water channel, underwater seating, a water fountain, benches, zero beach entry, spray tunnel and water curtains, and hydraulic lifts for handicap access). The gymnasium houses four multi-purpose courts for basketball, volleyball and badminton, with one of the multi-purpose courts featuring an indoor soccer arena. The Outdoor Pursuits center provides outdoor equipment rental and sponsors outdoor adventure trips and clinics.
Also located in the Rec Center are locker rooms, Smoothie King, lounge and seating areas, meeting rooms, two group exercise rooms, lighted outdoor sand volleyball and basketball courts, and the Recreational Sports offices.
Open throughout the day for recreation and fitness opportunities, the Rec Center offers group exercise classes in a variety of formats.
The Rec Center is a result of a project initiated by a UNT student group in 1997, which gained momentum through student involvement and was approved through a student referendum in 2000. The Rec Center is funded primarily through the recreational facility fee.
For more information regarding the Pohl Recreation Center’s programs and facilities, contact Recreational Sports in Room 103 or call 940-565-2275. Information is also available through the Recreational Sports’ web site at www.unt.edu/recsports.
The university offers extensive intramural, sport clubs, informal recreation and recreational instruction programs to provide students with recreational and competitive opportunities. Any student who pays the recreational facility fee through tuition may participate in intramurals through one of three divisions that have men’s, women’s and co-recreational teams: Residence Hall, Greek or Independent. Team sports are arranged on a round-robin basis, and individual and dual sports are set up by elimination tournaments, meets and special events.
The sport club program provides an opportunity for UNT students to compete against other colleges and universities in the Texas area. The clubs include archery, baseball, bowling, climbing, cycling, disc golf, dodgeball, equestrian, fencing, ice hockey, in-line hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, men’s soccer, men’s ultimate disc, men’s volleyball, paintball, running, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, wakeboarding, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s ultimate disc, women’s volleyball, and wrestling.
The group exercise program offers students exciting aerobic activities for a small fee. Step, cardio body sculpt, cycle, turbo kickboxing, Pilates, yoga, Zumba and other classes provide the student with a variety of programs from which to choose. Some free Group Exercise classes are offered each day, and others require the purchase of a pass.
The outdoor pursuits program offers a 45-foot climbing wall, 10-foot bouldering wall, rental of outdoor adventure equipment, outdoor trips, clinics and workshops.
The aquatics program offers classes such as Learn to Swim-Child, private swim lessons, lifeguarding classes and more.
The fitness program offers fitness assessments, personal training, RMR testing, body composition testing and other classes.
The informal recreation program in the Pohl Recreation center is open to all currently enrolled UNT students with a valid UNT ID card who pay the recreational facility fee included in tuition. Current and retired faculty, staff and their families may purchase memberships. Memberships are also available to alumni. Current and retired faculty and staff employees who are members of the rec center and students with an active rec center membership may sponsor one individual over the age of 18 living in the same residence for membership. Members can sponsor up to two guests per day for a fee. Informal recreation offers drop-in activity in basketball, indoor soccer, handball, racquetball, swimming, badminton, volleyball and more.
A 14,500 square foot weight room is also located in the Rec Center and offers a variety of cardio machines including treadmills, bikes and ellipticals; selectorized weight machines; and free weights.
The Waranch Tennis Complex offers 12 lighted tennis courts and equipment checkout. These courts are home to the Mean Green women’s tennis team and open to all students, faculty and staff, and their guests. For more information about the Waranch Tennis Complex, please call 940-565-4200.
For information concerning hours of operation, call the Member Services Desk at 940-369-8347, the Recreational Sports Office at 940-565-2275, or visit the Recreational Sports’ web site: www.unt.edu/recsports.
Within the Career Center, Student Employment (SE) assists students with their job search by providing employment opportunities, both on- and off-campus, year round. Students who have been accepted to UNT and are currently enrolled or who have been enrolled within the previous year are eligible to access services.
Students may learn about on- and off-campus job opportunities through the Eagle Network at careercenter.unt.edu. Job fairs are conducted in August and January for students seeking off-campus employment. Once a student is hired for an on-campus position, the student is eligible to sign up for customer service training in the C.A.S.A. (Creating a Service Attitude) program.
Students may receive more information or learn how to register with the Eagle Network, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Career Center office, Chestnut Hall, Room 103, or by calling 940-565-2105.
The Career Center provides the following services to students in all degree programs and at every degree level: undergraduate, master’s and doctoral.
In-class presentations and guest lectures are offered on career-related topics (including “Resume Writing,” “Interviewing Skills,” “Using Social Media in Your Job Search” and “What Can I Do with a Major In …”).
Career planning and job search resources can be found at studentaffairs.unt.edu/career-center. These resources assist students and alumni in assessing their career interests, exploring career options and accessing relevant information for making career-related decisions.
Career advisors assist students and alumni in career exploration and research, resume writing, interview preparations, career transitions and general job search strategies through individual advising.
A web-based career services job listings system (Eagle Network) contains current job vacancy announcements from UNT-friendly employers. Students and alumni must formally register with the Career Center in order to utilize this service.
More than 600 employers come to UNT each year to conduct on-campus employee recruiting and on-campus interviews. The Career Center links student and alumni job seekers with hiring professionals. More than 100 school districts and 500 business, industry, government and public service employers visit campus annually. Registration for on-campus interviewing is required through the Eagle Network.
All services and resources the Career Center offers are provided at no cost to students and alumni.
The Career Center is located in Chestnut Hall, Room 103, and is available by telephone at 940-565-2105 and on the web at studentaffairs.unt.edu/career-center.
Many employers prefer to hire graduates with hands-on experience in their majors. Students can gain practical experience and enhance their classroom learning through an internship.
In addition to providing insight into future careers, working as an intern provides a competitive advantage in the job market because of the skills developed while in the position.
The Career Center Experiential Education team helps students obtain high-quality internships by working closely with potential and existing employers to promote internships within their organizations.
The Experiential Education team hosts a number of career-related workshops open to all enrolled students throughout the academic year.
Internships are work experiences (typically one semester) related to a student’s field of study and provide a competitive advantage in the job market by:
- providing transferable skills through work in a professional environment,
- creating a valuable network of contacts within an industry or occupational specialty, and
- reinforcing choice of major and career path.
The Experiential Education team at the Career Center works with thousands of employers who offer internship programs including Ericsson, McKesson, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments and many others.
Internships can be part time or full time and are available throughout the year. The summer is the most popular season for obtaining them. Depending on a student’s major, academic credit may be received for completing an internship. Completing an internship is mandatory in some degree programs.
The Career Center strongly promotes paid internships; however, in some cases certain employers may not offer a paid internship. Some degree programs require students to fulfill an internship as part of their course work and may require an internship to be paid in order to meet curriculum requirements.
Counseling and Testing Services
The center provides short-term, confidential, professional psychological services to currently enrolled students. Individual counseling related to personal, social and emotional concerns; vocational counseling for help with selection of a major field of study or career plan; educational related counseling; and couples counseling are offered at the center. Outreach programs and consultation are available for faculty/staff and student groups.
Group counseling is offered at various times in such areas as improving interpersonal skills, stress management and coping with sexual abuse, among others.
In addition to the vocational interest, personality and other tests used in counseling, the center is also a national testing center and administers computer-based testing for the GRE, TOEFL, CLEP and Accuplacer. Information and application forms for various national tests are available in the center’s Testing Services office in the Gateway Building.
The Counseling Center is in Chestnut Hall, Room 311 or call 940-565-2741.
For information or to sign up for computer-based testing, call 940-369-7617; go by the Gateway Center, Room 140; or visit www.counselingandtesting.unt.edu.
Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office fosters the development of leadership, civility, accountability and responsibility in the University of North Texas student; builds community through service and involvement; and serves as an advocate for all students. This office is dedicated to supporting the UNT student who may need assistance in resolving complex personal, financial and academic matters. We strive to help all students achieve their academic and personal goals and enhance the UNT student experience.
One of the primary aspects of the Dean of Students Office is to help students resolve university-related issues. Through the SOS (Seeking Options and Solutions) Program, the office assists students and their families in navigating diverse concerns, as well as identifying resources for personal, academic, financial and social issues. We can assist students with absence verification, class absences, medical withdrawals, military activation of enrolled students, temporary disabilities, and temporary illness.
Student Conduct: The Dean of Students (DOS) is responsible for addressing student conduct, enforcing university policies and procedures, and providing students with the resources necessary to resolve their own personal disputes. DOS administers student disciplinary procedures in accordance with the Code of Student Conduct and maintains official disciplinary records. However, emphasis is placed on educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the University of North Texas community. In addition, DOS seeks to educate the campus community through literature and training about the services it offers. The office provides policy interpretation and rights adjustment as well as handling complaints against students. DOS is committed to enhancing students’ competencies as productive citizens and promoting life-long learning and community standards.
Student Withdrawals: The Dean of Students Office is committed to helping students when they intend to withdraw for the semester. Students wishing to withdraw must do so in person at the Dean of Students Office during office hours. During their visit, students will obtain the official University Withdrawal form and meet with a staff member who will ensure students are informed of any pertinent implications related to their withdrawal. Students will also be informed of any obligations they may have with the university and items they may need to fulfill prior to withdrawing and/or upon returning to UNT.
Students may only withdraw from the first class day until the official last day to withdraw as indicated in the academic calendar, which may be found at registrar.unt.edu. Please note that a withdrawal implies dropping ALL courses. Students wishing to drop classes but who will remain enrolled in at least one course can obtain drop slips from the Registrar’s Office.
If by chance a student is incapacitated and the student cannot make the request on their own, the Dean of Students Office will assist. Verified documentation related to their condition will be required. For more information, please contact the Dean of Students Office directly.
Student Complaints: The Student Standard Complaint Policy of the University of North Texas provides students with a procedure for resolving complaints against UNT faculty, staff, and agents of the university. Students with questions concerning discrimination, grade appeal, academic integrity, disability, financial aid, accommodations, or the Code of Student Conduct must contact the appropriate academic personnel or compliance officer and refer to the appropriate policies.
The Dean of Students Office will assist the student throughout the complaint process. UNT believes that most complaints can be resolved informally. All university contacts with the aggrieved student will stress the preferred mechanism of an informal resolution. A complaint filed, either formally or informally, will not be considered unless it is filed no later than 120 days after the event or occurrence giving rise to the complaint or knowledge of the event or occurrence. A student’s complaint may be withdrawn at any point by the student, thereby halting the complaint.
Absence Verification: Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to abide by the attendance policy established by the professor. However, the university is aware that there will be times when a student is unable to attend class due to emergency situations, health or the death of a loved one. The Dean of Students Office is also available to assist you with documenting your absence. Students must provide the Dean of Students with official and verifiable documentation related to the reason for absence. Once the absences have been verified the decision to allow a student to make up course work is left to the discretion of the professor and/or the department.
Authorized Class Absences/ Field Trips: All travel by students off the campus for the purpose of participation in athletics, music groups, AFROTC activity, dramatics, exhibitions, debate, student government, conventions and field trips must be authorized by the dean of the school or college of the sponsoring department. Absence lists must be approved by the department chair and sent to the office of the dean in advance of the travel date. Sponsors must report to the Dean of Students Office all students listed who did not make the trip.
Within three days after the absence, students must obtain authorized absence cards from the Dean of Students Office for presentation to instructors of classes missed. Students with authorized absence cards may make up the work missed when practicable or be given special allowance so that they are not penalized for the absence. Additional information regarding Authorized Class Absences may be found in the Faculty Handbook.
Military Activation of Enrolled Students: The University of North Texas is deeply committed to supporting students who serve in the military. A student who is a member of the National Guard, Reserve or other branch of the United States Armed Forces and is unable to complete classes because of military activation may request course withdrawals, incompletes or grades, depending on the timing of the activation and the individual needs of the students. This will ensure understanding and standardized guidelines for awarding grades to students called to active military duty during an academic semester.
The student will be required to provide documentation of military orders to the Dean of Students Office and follow procedures for withdrawal. This will ensure understanding and standardized guidelines for awarding grades to students called to active military duty during an academic semester. Dean of Students will meet with the student to discuss options and consider all areas that affect the student upon withdrawal. If incompletes or grades are requested, the student will be referred to the faculty member or academic department for assistance. The Dean of Students will send notification to faculty, academic department and Associate Dean of the verification of military orders and student’s preference for incomplete or grade assigned.
Per Texas Education Code 54.0006 (f) 3, either grades are assigned or incompletes granted. If a student receives an incomplete he/she will have one year from the end of their active duty to complete the course. The Dean of Students office will complete the official withdrawal of the student and full refund of appropriate tuition and fees. If student opts for an incomplete or grades are assigned, no refund will be given.
Pregnant and Parenting Students: The US Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights released new Title IX requirements regarding pregnant and parenting students in June 2013.
The requirements and suggestions include:
Schools must excuse student’s absences because of pregnancy or childbirth for as long as the student’s doctor deems the absences medically necessary.
Absence policies in classes must accommodate pregnancy or childbirth related absences and allow for make-up work. “A teacher may not refuse to allow a student to submit work after a deadline that she missed because of absences due to pregnancy or childbirth. Additionally, if a teacher’s grading is based in part on class attendance or participation, the student should be allowed to earn the credits she missed so that she can be reinstated to the status she had before the leave.”
“A school may offer the student alternatives to making up missed work, such as retaking a semester, taking part in an online course credit recovery program, or allowing the student additional time in a program to continue at the same pace and finish at a later date, especially after longer periods of leave. The student should be allowed to choose how to make up the work.”
The UNT Dean of Students Office will provide a Verified Absence slip for parenting students (both male and female) who need to take their children to doctors’ appointments or to take care of their sick children as long as they provide proper documentation. Once the absence is verified, professors must accommodate these absences and allow for makeup work. Students needing this documentation should contact the Dean of Students Office.
Temporary Disabilities: Even temporary disabilities are not afforded the same consideration for accommodation and/or waivers that is provided under federal law for permanent disabilities. The Dean of Students Office can act as an advocate for students dealing with temporary disabilities. If a student has a temporary disability (i.e., broken leg, broken arm, pregnancy, etc.) and is in need of accommodation, they may contact the Dean of Students Office and request we advocate on their behalf. Student must submit proper documentation to the office. Upon receipt and verification, DOS will make contact with the student’s professors confirming that the temporary disability exists. Ultimately, it is up to each individual instructor to make any accommodations pertaining to temporary disabilities.
CARE Team: The University of North Texas cares about our students’ success, not only academically, but emotionally and physically as well. This commitment to the holistic development and well-being of our students is the fuel behind the hundreds of departments, services and resources across campus that seek to respond to their unique needs. Nevertheless, students do not always ask for help when they need it. In an effort to identify those students proactively, UNT has created a campuswide network of professionals who are committed to caring and responding to the unspoken needs of students. The CARE Team ensures a confidential program of identification, intervention and response in order to provide our students with the greatest chance of success and our community with the greatest level of protection.
If you have any questions or concerns for the CARE Team about a student or an incident, contact a CARE Team Chair or another member through our web site at studentaffairs.unt.edu/care.
Student Death: The Dean of Students Office is the main point of contact in the case of a student death. The dean’s staff will notify all appropriate people and departments on campus. Information needed is the student’s full name and the contact name and number for the student’s family. A staff member will be identified by the Dean of Students to make direct contact with the family and serve as the university liaison to assist the family as needed. The names of the student’s friends should be forwarded to the Dean of Students for the purpose of outreach to those affected by the death of their friend and fellow student.
The Dean of Students Office organizes the annual Flight Memorial, an event where the UNT community recognizes all students, faculty, staff members and alumni who have passed away over the past year (April 1 - March 30). The Flight Memorial is usually held the last Wednesday of April. All family members of those who will be honored are welcome and encouraged to attend the memorial. Please contact the Dean of Students at email@example.com or by calling 940-565-2648.
For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office, 940-565-2648; firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit us on the web at deanofstudents.unt.edu.
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
The personal safety and security of every member of the university community is of paramount concern to all at the University of North Texas. In keeping with this concern, each year the university publishes the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report informing the campus about programs and services to enhance campus security, crime statistics, fire safety, fire statistics, and student disciplinary referrals for certain crime-related conduct. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at studentaffairs.unt.edu/clery.html.
Dining Services at UNT is an award-winning dining program where our motto speaks volumes: “It’s about the food!” Whether you are looking to enjoy a meal in one of our resident dining halls or need something quick to-go from one of our convenient retail locations, we have fresh options that will satisfy your hunger.
Students living in residence halls are required to have a 5 or 7 day meal plan. These plans allow you to take advantage of our popular all-you-care-to-eat open dining policy, meaning that you can visit any dining hall, any time it’s open, as often as you wish. Most are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (M-F) and weekend service is available as well. Both 5 and 7 day meal plans come with Flex dollars, which give students access to all of our retail locations on campus. Flex dollars are a spending privilege that work like a debit card; each time a purchase is made, the money is subtracted from your flex account, and your new total will print at the bottom of your receipt.
Commuter students may purchase the meal plans listed above or select commuter-specific meal plans: 8’s Enough, 1-A-Day, Commuter 80, Commuter 120, Commuter 160, and Declining Balance. While having a meal plan will save you money, all of our dining halls are open to the public and we gladly accept cash and credit for individual meals.
For more information please visit the Dining Services office located in Crumley Hall, Room 132, call 940-565-2462 or visit our web site at dining.unt.edu.
Office of Disability Accommodation
The Office of Disability Accommodation (ODA) is the central referral agency and resource clearinghouse for students who qualify for disability accommodations as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 as Amended. The mission of the ODA is to provide reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids to eligible students by facilitating appropriate adjustments to the classroom and associated learning environments. In order to administer this process, ODA maintains all student disability related medical and psychological documentation and the corresponding accommodation request records. Students who qualify for accommodations are responsible for presenting to their instructor an Accommodation Request Form, which is generated in ODA letter-head and signed by a department official.
ODA staff members are available to counsel and advise students regarding disability related matters and can assist in devising academic success strategies, including referral to other campus and community services. ODA arranges classroom auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters, Computer Aided Real Time Transcriptionists (CART), readers, alternative format textbooks (such as textbooks on tape) and various forms of adaptive equipment and technologies. ODA also houses adaptive testing facilities for administration of course examinations and works closely with academic departments and course instructors in making such arrangements. For more information, call 940-565-4323, TDD 940-369-8652 or 565-2958; visit Sage Hall, Room 167; or go to www.unt.edu/oda.
Distance education (web-based and videoconference)
The University of North Texas offers a selection of undergraduate and graduate courses, degree programs and certificate programs via distance education, primarily through the web. Most web-based courses can be taken from any location worldwide that has Internet access and the appropriate computer equipment available. For more information, visit www.UNTeCampus.com.
Distinguished Lecture Series
The UNT Distinguished Lecture Series was organized and chartered as a universitywide program in 2004 with the assistance of the UNT Student Government Association and the Division of Student Affairs. The series is administered by a committee composed of students, faculty and staff, with a student member serving as chairperson. The objective of the series is to provide the university and greater communities with a variety of distinguished, world-class lecturers and speakers who will bring significant interest, visibility and added prestige to the University of North Texas. The series is dedicated to complement the educational process and to add significantly to the quality of life for the university community and communities of the Dallas–Fort Worth region. Recent programs have featured President George W. Bush, author Sherman Alexie, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, financial planner Suze Orman, television hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, author Eric Schlosser, activist Cornel West, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, TV scientist Bill Nye, and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., and more.
UNT Eagle Ambassadors are student recruiters/tour guides with various majors and backgrounds who are interested in promoting the university. In addition to conducting well-organized, friendly tours of the university for prospective students, parents and other visitors, Eagle Ambassadors represent the student body at various events for the President’s Office. They also serve as positive role models for prospective students while assisting the Office of Admissions at college nights and at UNT Preview. The Eagle Ambassadors are responsible for operating the information desk in the Eagle Student Services Center.
The program, started in 1998, offers students an opportunity for personal and professional growth. Following a competitive application and interview process, Eagle Ambassadors are trained extensively. These students receive a $2,500 scholarship as well as an hourly wage and are required to maintain a minimum grade point average and full-time student status.
Eagle Alert is an automated system that allows UNT administrators to notify the campus community by phone in the event of an emergency. Eagle Alert sends voice and text messages to phones of everyone with an active EUID account who has registered with the system. All students, faculty and staff are automatically enrolled in the Eagle Alert system using the telephone numbers provided to UNT during the registration or hiring process.
You should check your contact information regularly and update it as soon as it changes by logging in at my.unt.edu and following the “Update your information” link under the Eagle Alert banner. For more information on UNT Eagle Alert, visit www.unt.edu/eaglealert.
UNT has designated e-mail as an official form of communication between the university and students. UNT provides e-mail accounts, accessible at my.unt.edu, to all students registered at the university with no special fee imposed for those accounts. Students are automatically assigned e-mail accounts and are given computer storage for a reasonable volume of mail. Students are responsible for reading their e-mail frequently enough to receive important communications from the university.
Facilities use policy
The term facilities describes all structures on the campus or otherwise under the control of the university. Use of such facilities is governed by the university’s “Facilities Use” policy and “Off-Campus Speakers” policy. Requests may be made through the Facilities Scheduling Office, Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning at 940-565-2600.
Student organizations wishing to reserve facilities should contact the Student Activities Center, Stovall Temporary Union Building, Room 155, or call 940-565-3807.
Fine Arts Series
The UNT Fine Arts Series began as the Lyceum Series in 1924 during the Normal College era. The series has continued to provide a wide variety of the visual, performing and literary arts for the university and communities in the greater Dallas–Fort Worth region. Coordinated by a committee composed of students, faculty and staff, the Fine Arts Series provides students with leadership opportunities, arts management skills, participation in the selection of artists and their works, and evaluation skills to discern among various artists.
UNT students may receive free tickets to non-food performances by presenting a current UNT ID to the ticket seller. Faculty and staff are admitted at a discounted price. For more information, call 940-565-3805 or visit www.unt.edu/fas.
Graduate Student Council
The Graduate Student Council assures formal avenues of communication between representatives of the graduate student body and both the dean of the Toulouse Graduate School and the Graduate Council. It serves as an advisory council to facilitate an interchange of views and information between these groups. Two members of the Graduate Student Council are elected annually to serve as voting members of the Graduate Council. Graduate Student Council members also serve on other graduate council and universitywide committees. The president of the council can be reached by contacting the Graduate Student Council web site at www.gsc.unt.edu.
The Center for Leadership and Service
The Center for Leadership and Service provides opportunities and programs to assist students in becoming engaged leaders in the community. Programs include leadership workshops and conferences, short-and long-term service programs, and opportunities for students to engage in leadership positions on campus. The Center for Leadership and Service is located in the Union, Third Floor. For more information call 940 565-3021.
Student Legal Services
Student Legal Services provides free advice and assistance to currently enrolled students. This office also maintains a variety of legal publications for student use. Students are encouraged to meet with an attorney during walk-in hours. For details, please refer to the web site at www.unt.edu/legal or call 940-565-2614.
Graduate men and women may live in university-owned residence halls or in off-campus housing.
College Inn, Honors Hall, Santa Fe Square, Legends Hall and Mozart Square are reserved for upperclassmen, including graduate students. Students living in one of these halls may select a no–meal plan option. More information regarding university-owned residence halls may be obtained by calling 940-565-2610, or online at housing.unt.edu.
Off-Campus Housing. Students who are not required to live in university housing under the terms of the housing policy may live where they choose. The university does not assume any responsibility in off-campus housing arrangements but does support the federal housing policies that housing owners not discriminate because of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status or national origin.
The Student Association publishes an apartment evaluation survey that is available in their office on level 4 of the University Union.
Location: University Union, Suite 218
Web site: edo.unt.edu/content/multicultural-center
The UNT Multicultural Center was established with the goal that it would be a place where students and community members could experience the cultural wealth of the university with a central purpose to teach diversity through student engagement and promote student success. The Multicultural Center provides resources, information, educational opportunities and events that build inclusion focusing on five areas of diversity: race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, interfaith and disability.
Student organizations policy
The University of North Texas recognizes the right of any group of students to form a voluntary organization for purposes not forbidden by local, state or federal law, or university policy. All organizations that wish to obtain benefits (e.g., room reservations) must register each long semester with the Student Activities Center.
Policies regulating the approval, functioning and privileges of registered organizations are available from the Student Activities Center, Stovall Temporary Union Building, Room 155; studentactivities.unt.edu; or 940-565-3807.
Parking regulations, maps detailing parking facilities, parking office hours, contact information, and the links to paying parking citations online or to purchasing a parking permit online may be obtained at www.unt.edu/transit. All student, staff and faculty parking permits (except temporary permits, TF permits and “A” reserved permits) are sold online.
The Office of Spiritual life seeks to help students explore their values, beliefs, and ways of making meaning as they navigate their college experience. Through various initiatives, students are encouraged to critically reflect on their beliefs and engage with a diverse array of peers in interfaith dialogue. Spiritual life also serves as an additional resources for religious and spiritual student organizations looking for more ways to connect to the campus and the student body, including a registration process for campus ministers. For more information, please call 940-565-3288.
Speech and Hearing Center
The University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center offers services to adults and children with speech, language and hearing disorders. Audiology services include hearing testing, dispensing and repair of hearing aids, management of cochlear implants, assessment of auditory processing disorders, assessment of tinnitus, and aural rehabilitation programs. Speech-language therapy services include evaluation and treatment of language, articulation, fluency and voice disorders.
The Speech and Hearing Center offers many programs designed to meet the needs of UNT students, including a dialect reduction program for non-native speakers of English, testing and support for students with language-learning disabilities, and preventative programs for students in the performing arts, including a hearing conservation program, musician’s ear protection, tinnitus management for musicians, and a voice evaluation/treatment program for performance-related disorders. Services are free to enrolled students. The center also accepts insurance, including Medicare/Medicaid, and offers a sliding fee scale for clients from the community who meet income qualifications. To schedule an appointment, please call 940-565-2262. Additional information can be found at speechandhearing.unt.edu.
The Learning Center was created to supplement and support academic excellence and life-long learning. A wide range of individual, group and self-help programs and materials are provided to maximize the academic potential of all University of North Texas students. Programs and services housed within the center include: online tutoring, the Study Skills Laboratory, Speed Reading, Supplemental Instruction, Connecting for Success, the Volunteer Tutor Program, the Academic Success Program, Learning 101 Series, and the Academic Resource Library. For additional information see learningcenter.unt.edu.
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships (SFAS) at the University of North Texas offers a variety of options to assist students in financing their education. For more information on financial aid scholarships at UNT, please visit financialaid.unt.edu, come by our office in the Eagle Student Services Center, or call 940-565-2302.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) strives to promote the interests and opinions of the student body. As the official voice of the student body, SGA represents students in matters of policy and student welfare. SGA sponsors programs and projects that enhance students’ educational and collegiate experiences. To learn more about the many services SGA is responsible for, visit sga.unt.edu.
Students interested in becoming a member of SGA may call 940-565-3850; visit the SGA office located in the Stovall Temporary Union Building, Room 170; or visit the SGA web site at sga.unt.edu.
Student Health and Wellness Center
The Student Health and Wellness Center, located on the second floor of Chestnut Hall, is equipped with examination and treatment rooms, a clinical laboratory and digital x-ray machine. A pharmacy and an optical clinic are located on the first floor. Medical services are available when school is in session to enrolled students paying the medical service fee. Medical care is not available between semesters or on official university holidays. In an emergency, call 911. The Student Health and Wellness Center operates on an appointment system. Call 940-565-2333 or go online to myosh.unt.edu to make an appointment. Forms, hours and additional information are available online at www.healthcenter.unt.edu.
Services covered by medical services fee include routine visits for coughs, colds and other illnesses as well as monitoring of chronic conditions and referrals to outside specialists. Charges are assessed for ancillary services, including medications, supplies for procedures and treatments, testing, vaccinations and allergy injections, and specialty provider visits, such as psychiatric, dietitian, massage therapy, travel clinic and women’s pap appointments. Students may pay with cash, check, credit card, or make billing arrangements. The Student Health and Wellness Center must have prior parental consent on file to treat minors (under 18). Anyone with a complex medical condition is urged to meet with one of our medical providers to review your medical history within the first few weeks of attending UNT.
Medical information is confidential and is not released to others without a release signed by the patient. If a parent or guardian requests information on a minor, the Student Health and Wellness Center provides the information as allowed under the law.
The UNT Pharmacy located on the first floor of Chestnut Hall fills prescriptions for the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center and offers some over-the-counter medications for students. Prescriptions from outside physicians can also be filled at the UNT Pharmacy. Students needing medications filled should speak with a pharmacist about their options by calling 940-565-2790.
The Meadows Center for Health Resources provides individual health education, outreach programs for students and campus groups as well as special programs for specific health needs. Go online to healthcenter.unt.edu/meadows-center for information about services and programs. Contact the Meadows Center at 940-565-2787 to request information or schedule a program.
Allergy injections can be administered at the Student Health and Wellness Center. Patients must have allergy serum and orders from their allergist prior to receiving allergy injections. For more information, obtain a current “Allergy Policy” from the Student Health and Wellness Center.
The Student Health and Wellness Center recommends that all students have current immunizations for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, rubella, mumps, measles and hepatitis B. Effective January 1, 2012, a bacterial meningitis vaccination is required by Texas state law for any new or transfer student under the age of 30 who is attending UNT for the first time, and any returning students who have not been continuously enrolled for previous long semester. Additional information on this requirement, including forms, submission process and other issues relating to possible exemptions, is available at the immunization section of the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center’s web site at healthcenter.unt.edu/immunization-requirements. It is also recommended that all other students consider receiving the bacterial meningitis vaccination.
Health insurance program
A group student health insurance plan is offered for students enrolled at UNT. Application forms are available in the Student Health and Wellness Center or online at www.uhcsr.com.
International students should refer to “International Student Health Insurance Requirement” elsewhere in this section.
UNT Police Department
The UNT Police Department serves an integral role in campus life as the university’s principal provider of safety and security for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Located at 1700 Wilshire in the Sullivant Public Safety Center, the department operates 24 hours a day.
University Police officers are licensed by the State of Texas, and enforce state and local laws as well as university rules and regulations. The department offers numerous programs and services available to our community.
For more information, contact the UNT Police Department at 940-565-3000, or visit our web site at www.unt.edu/police.
University Program Council
The University Program Council (UPC) is a student-run programming board that coordinates fun and exciting programs around the UNT campus. UPC is dedicated to providing programs that are entertaining, educational, diverse and almost always free for students. UPC is comprised of several student executive positions and a student volunteer board that plan and implement events on campus. Students have the opportunity to join UPC at the beginning of each semester and assist in developing new ideas for future events as well as promote and organize events. All of our UPComing events can be found by liking our Facebook page at “UNT University Program Council” or following @UNT_UPC on Twitter.
The University Union is the center for campus life at UNT. The Union provides services and programs that members of the campus community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.
Beginning in the summer of 2013, the Union will begin a much needed and long overdue renovation and expansion project. This will displace many of the Union offices, services and student organizations over to Stovall Hall during construction. These groups include: Union Administration, Student Activities, Student Affairs, Dean of Students, Student Legal Services, banking services, post office, Design Works, Multicultural Center, Center for Leadership ad Service, UPC, Orientation and Transition Programs, Veteran’s Center, Student Government Association (SGA) and Graduate Student Council.
The retail dining operations, including Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, and other various grab-and-go concepts, will be temporarily built on the North Commons adjacent to Sage Hall, and Barnes & Noble at UNT will be temporarily located on Ave. C across from Bruce Hall.
The new Union is anticipated to be complete and ready by Fall 2015. For the most up-to-date information regarding the Union, please visit union.unt.edu/masterplan or contact the Union at 940-565-3805 (940-735-2989). “Like us at facebook.com/UNTUnion and follow us on Twitter @UNT_Union. Contact Union Scheduling Services for catering, event planning and facility use at 940-565-3804 or visit union.unt.edu/scheduling.
Student Veteran Services
Student Veteran Services, in collaboration with a diversity of university departments, aims to serve as a safe place to help student veterans navigate university resources for academic success. Our focus is simply three pillars: to help remove barriers for student veterans through an emphasis on transition support through campus life; to provide connection to resources both on and off campus to assist student veterans; and to give due recognition of the service members in our UNT community through programs and scholarship. For more information, please visit the center in Sage Hall, Room 123, call 940-369-8021, or e-mail email@example.com for further assistance.
University Writing Lab
The University Writing Lab provides free tutoring and workshops for students from the freshman through the graduate levels. Individualized and group work in such areas as punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and essay writing is provided by experienced tutors five days a week for 13 weeks during each long term.
The Writing Lab has two locations:
- the Auditorium Building, Room 105, open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the long terms/semesters and Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer terms/sessions, and
- the first floor of the Willis Library, near the Cyber Cafe, open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the long terms/semesters.
Students may also access tutors through the UNT Writing Lab web site. Visit www.unt.edu/writinglab. Tutors will respond within 24 hours to any questions students submit. The web site also contains exercises, diagnostic exams, an interactive calendar of events and other helpful materials. The primary purpose of the Writing Lab is to promote better-written composition by students at all levels. Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Lab, in the Auditorium Building, Room 105, or on the first floor of Willis Library, to discuss their writing issues.
UNT Teaching Excellence Seminar
The Toulouse Graduate School holds the Teaching Excellence Seminar, a TA/TF orientation that introduces new TA, TF and adjunct faculty to best practices in teaching and supportive resources. The event is supported by the Office of the Provost, CLEAR and the Council of Deans. The one-day workshop is mandatory for all new TAs and TFs as stated in the Graduate Catalog.