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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
    
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Campus Resources



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 as a “student-focused research university.”

Departments and programs within the DSA include: Career Center, Center for Leadership and Service, Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities, Counseling and Testing Services, Dean of Students, Dining Services, Greek Life, Housing and Residence Life, Orientation and Transition Programs, Parent Programs, Research and Planning, Recreational Sports, Student Activities Center, 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

UNT-International assists all students, 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. All units are located on the second floor of Sycamore Hall (e-mail: international@unt.edu; 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 visit international.unt.edu/ieli.

The International Admissions Office assists students with admissions advising. Contact: 940-565-2442 or international@unt.edu or visit international.unt.edu/admissions.

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 internationaladvising@unt.edu 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 international@unt.edu 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, aleka.myre@unt.edu or visit www.international.unt.edu/sspc.

The Center for Global Learning and Experience (GLE) encourages study experience all over the world. It assists faculty, staff and students with exchanges, Fulbright Programs and travel logistics. GLE hosts exchange students from other countries on the UNT campus. U.S. students wishing to transfer credits from international institutions should contact the GLE for pre-approval. Contact: 940-565-2207 or studyabroad@unt.edu or visit international.unt.edu/gle.

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:

  1. an international student has a government sponsored plan;
  2. an international student has insurance through employment in the U.S.; or
  3. 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 must go to the Human Resources Department to enroll in the insurance program. Human Resources will provide the employee with a verification form that will indicate the employee’s enrollment status. Students must take the form to the Student Health and Wellness Center and complete a waiver request form. If the student is in the mandatory 90-day waiting period, the student will need to purchase short-term insurance from the UNT-offered health plan.

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.

University Libraries

The University of North Texas Libraries is the most used student service on campus. Designated a major research library by the U.S. Department of Education, UNT Libraries five campus facilities house just under six million cataloged holdings, including books, periodicals, maps, documents, microforms, audiovisual materials, music scores, full-text journals and books.

Libraries and Collections

The Willis Library houses several exceptional collections. The Music Library is one of the largest music collections in the country, with an extensive phonographic disc and tape collection, and the private collections of Stan Kenton, Don Gillis, Maynard Ferguson, Whit Ozier, George Bragg and Leon Breeden. Our collections contain more than 325,000 volumes of books, periodicals, scores, dissertations and reference works in many languages, as well as nearly a million sound recordings in a variety of formats. The University Archives include the history of the university, oral histories and Texas county records. The Rare Book and Texana collections include exceptional collections such as the private library of Anson Jones, President of the Republic of Texas; the Pat Warde Collection of Southern Letters; and examples of important early publishing, printing and binding styles. There is a 24/7 computer lab for students.

The third floor of the UNT Willis Library houses the GovDocs Federal and State Depository Collection, which includes 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 executive materials. The UNT libraries have the distinction of being one of nine archives affiliated with the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Digital Library Collections include the Portal to Texas History, the UNT Digital Library, which includes UNT electronic theses and dissertations, as well as UNT Scholarly Works.

The Media Library in Chilton Hall houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including videos, 16 mm films and audio CDs. Students, faculty and staff may check out video, audio, videogames and equipment. Video-on-demand service is provided for curriculum support.

The Library at Discovery Park supports the College of Engineering and the College of Information. There are two library locations: reference assistance and current periodicals, and the library collection of books, bound periodicals and reserves.

The Eagle Commons Library in Sycamore Hall emphasizes physics, chemistry, biology and psychology and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics. This recently renovated space includes the Collaboration and Learning Commons that offers students the opportunity to work in small groups with access to Smartboards, group study areas, workstations for Mac and PC computers, and software for creating multimedia presentations.

The Library Annex provides storage for more than 500,000 items. These items are included in the library online catalog and may be requested if needed for research. The annex also houses the Collection Management Division which includes Preservation and Technical Services.

Library Services

The libraries provide research and instructional services and support for distributed learning. The libraries have a large number of electronic data-bases and other materials available for research and instructional use both on and off campus.

Through the libraries’ membership in TexShare, students and faculty may obtain a TexShare card and borrow materials at college, university and public libraries throughout the state of Texas. For materials not owned by the UNT libraries, Interlibrary Loan Services will borrow items from libraries throughout the world.

The UNT Libraries is a member of the Center for Research Libraries.

Computer Services

Centralized computing services that support instruction, research and student learning are provided through Academic Computing Services and User Services (ACUS). ACUS is a division of the Computing and Information Technology Center (CITC) and is located in Room 119 of Sycamore 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 (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) using computing systems supported by CITC.

Student Computing Services

Fourteen general access microcomputer laboratories, 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.

The Computing and Information Technology Center provides electronic mail to all students via EagleConnect, a web-based e-mail and calendar system. EagleConnect is used as an official communication medium between the university and students. Other Internet services available to students include personal web page publishing and online file storage. Most buildings, including the University Union and libraries, have wireless network access, which is available to enrolled students.

Research Computing Support

Academic Computing and User Services (ACUS) supports a large High Performance Computing (HPC) system used for computationally intensive scientific research (citc.unt.edu/hpc). A Research and Visualization Environment (RAVE) with multiple high-end workstations and a 12-screen video array is available for large-scale display of research data results (citc.unt.edu/rave).

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 (www.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).

Benchmarks Online (www.unt.edu/benchmarks), Computer and Information Technology Center’s (CITC) 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 and public service 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 are 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, which are kept on permanent file, are reported to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an important part of the accreditation process.

Lifelong learning programs for adults include the Emeritus College and Grandparents University. Emeritus College offers non-credit classes for adults 50 and older. Grandparents University is a two-day program for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 7–12) who take special classes at UNT and stay in the dorm to experience college life.

Numerous minicourses on general interest topics, business topics and GRE/GMAT preparation classes, are offered throughout the year.

The center is responsible for arranging and scheduling the use of university classroom facilities for all off-campus groups and for faculty and staff groups for purposes other than credit classes.

The Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning is located in Chilton Hall, Room 289. 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, University Union, Suite 320; 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:

Mikal Hensarling, Manager
Adaptive Computer Lab
Computing Center
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305398
Denton, TX 76203-5017

E-mail: mikal.hensarling@unt.edu

The lab may be accessed through the Internet (www.unt.edu/ACSGAL/).

UNT Alumni Association

The UNT Alumni Association 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, and a Smoothie King and Point Bank lounge area. The Waranch Tennis Complex has 12 lighted tennis courts. Fouts Field and the Coliseum.

Facilities in the Coliseum include handball and racquetball courts and gymnastics equipment. The Physical Education Building contains handball/racquetball courts.

Pohl Recreation Center

The Pohl Recreation Center (Rec 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, the 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.

Recreational Sports

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 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 aikido, baseball, bowling, cycling, disc golf,fencing, gamers, ice hockey, in-line hockey, ultimate disc, men’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, men’s soccer, men’s ultimate disc, men’s volleyball, paintball, running, sailing, table tennis, tennis, triathletes, wake, women’s lacrosse, women’s ultimate disc and women’s volleyball.

The group exercise program offers students exciting aerobic activities for a small fee. Step aerobics, cardio, body sculpting, cycle, cardio kickboxing, mat Pilates, yoga and other classes provide the student with a variety of programs from which to choose. Free noncredit classes are offered, 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. 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 Stairmaster™, treadmills, selectorized weight machines, elliptical machines, free weights and exercise bikes.

The Waranch Tennis Complex, which opened in January, 2005, 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 the 24-hour information line at 940-369-7100, or visit the Recreational Sports’ web site: www.unt.edu/recsports.

Career Center

Within the Career Center, Student Employment (SE) assists students in 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 early fall and spring 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.

Career Services (CS) 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,” “Job Search Strategies,” “Interviewing Skills” and “What Can I Do With a Major In …”).

The Career Research Library and Career Computer Lab have publications, corporate portfolios and computer programs to assist students in identifying and exploring career and employment information (employment outlook, salary surveys and employer contact information). It is open to all students and alumni to use in their job search.

Career planning and job search resources can be found at careercenter.unt.edu. 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 400 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 more than 300 business, industry, government and public service employers visit campus annually. Registration for on-campus interviewing is required through Eagle Network.

All services and resources the Career Center offers are provided at no cost.

The Career Center is located in Chestnut Hall, Room 103, and is available by telephone at 940-565-2105 and on the web at careercenter.unt.edu.

Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities (CSRR) is responsible for addressing student conduct, enforcing university policies and procedures and providing students with the resources necessary to resolve their own personal disputes. The CSRR 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, the CSRR 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. The CSRR is committed to enhancing students’ competencies as productive citizens and promoting life-long learning and community standards.

UNT Internships and Cooperative Education

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 or a cooperative education (co-op) opportunity.

In addition to providing insight into future careers, working as an intern or a co-op student provides a competitive advantage in the job market because of the skills developed while in the position.

The Internships and Cooperative Education office helps students obtain high-quality internships and co-op positions prior to graduation by working closely with potential and existing employers to promote internships and co-op positions within their organizations.

No special application is required to explore these opportunities. The Internships and Cooperative Education office hosts a number of career-related workshops open to all enrolled students.

Internships

Internships are work experiences (typically one semester) related to the student’s field of study with an emphasis on “on-the-job” training rather than mere employment.

The benefits of internships include the following:

  • extending your classroom learning into a real-word setting,
  • providing you opportunities to reinforce your choice of major and career path,
  • allowing you to obtain transferable skills by working in a professional environment, and
  • helping you create a valuable network of contact within your industry.

Although some internships are unpaid, our program strives to promote paid opportunities.

Some degree programs require students to fulfill an internship as part of their course work. Our office can help you in those situations, too.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education (co-op) integrates theory and practice during the course of multiple semesters. Co-op positions are always paid and offer flexibility to meet the individuals needs while attending UNT. Co-op work experience can be scheduled

  • full time
  • part time
  • alternating semesters (work full time for one or two semesters then return to classes full time)
  • for one semester
  • multiple semesters

Earning Academic Credit

Depending on the chosen major, students may be eligible to receive academic credit for the internship or co-op position. Department policies vary based on these opportunities but often they are evaluated based on how the work relates to the student’s field of study the length of the internship or co-op position what learning opportunities are available whether supervision or mentoring is provided by a professional in the field.

Internships and cooperative Education works with faculty members to coordinate the student’s academic credit.

For further information, contact Internships and Cooperative Education in person in Chestnut Hall, Suite 155; by phone, 940.565.2861; or visit the web site at internships.unt.edu.

Counseling and Testing Services

The center provides 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 counseling; and marital and premarital counseling are offered at the center. All individual counseling is limited to eight sessions per academic year. 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, overcoming eating disorders and coping with sexual abuse, among others.

In addition to the vocational interest, aptitude, personality and other tests used in counseling, the center also serves as a national testing center and computer-based testing site for the GRE, CLEP and TOEFL. Information and application forms for various national tests are available in the center’s office.

The 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 or go by the Gateway Center, Room 140.

Dean of Students

Staff members in the Dean of Students Office are available for general counseling, connections with university resources and serve as a student advocate. In emergency situations (i.e., death in the family) special assistance can be provided to students for either verification or notification of illness, death or other medical absences or for assistance with medical withdrawals. The Dean of Students Office handles social adjustment problems, and provides personal development opportunities via a number of departments including Center for Leadership and Service and the Office of Greek Life. For information please visit the Union, Room 319, or call 940-565-2648. The Dean of Students web site is deanofstudents.unt.edu.

Dining Services

Dining Services at UNT is an award-winning dining program where out 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.

Resident Plans

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. For even more options, you can add Flex dollars to your plan for use at all of our locations, including our popular retail restaurants.

Commuter Plans

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. Anyone without a meal plan is also welcome at all of our locations as 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. 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, or visit Suite 322, University Union.

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 further 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 Development. 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 financial planner Suze Orman, author Eric Scholsser, activist Cornel West, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, TV scientist Bill Nye, and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Eagle Ambassadors

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 in UNT history and traditions. 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

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.

To register, students should log on to my.unt.edu and click on the Eagle Alert banner to provide and update their contact information.

EagleConnect

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, University Union, level 2, 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 Toulouse Graduate School or visiting 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 University Union, Suite 324. 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.

Living Accommodations

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 targeted for housing junior-, senior- and graduate-level students, although this is not guaranteed. Graduate students may select a no–meal plan option. More information regarding university-owned residence halls may be obtained by writing to the Department of Housing and Residence Life, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311310, Denton, TX 76203-5017, by calling 940-565-2610, or online at www.unt.edu/housing.

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.

Multicultural Center

Location: University Union, Suite 216
Phone: 940-565-3424
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.

Organizations Policy

The University of North Texas recognizes the right of any group of students, faculty or staff to form a voluntary organization for purposes not forbidden by the laws of the United States or the State of Texas or university policy. All organizations that include enrolled students as members must register each year with the Student Activities Center through unt.orgsync.com. As well, a listing of all registered student organizations are updated regularly online.

Policies regulating the organization, functioning, sponsorship and privileges of registered or recognized organizations are available from the Student Activities Center, University Union, Suite 320; the web site (www.unt.edu/sa); or 940-565-3807.

Parking

Parking regulations, maps detailing parking facilities, parking office hours, contact information, and the links to paying parking citation online or to purchasing a parking permit online may be obtained at www.unt.edu/transit. Effective December 1, 2008, all student, staff and faculty parking permits (except temporary permits, TF permits and “A” reserved permits) are sold online.

Spiritual Life

Spiritual life at the University of North Texas is as varied as our community is diverse. The religious dimension of life is often encountered as we make choices about values, relationships, beliefs, lifestyle and career. Spiritual life is a critical part of campus life and the aim is to celebrate spirituality, respect diversity and honor faith. Through advising, guidance and support, Campus Life encourages the continuing development of students’ spiritual examination at the university, and promotes educational opportunities for their spiritual development. Campus ministries and religious student centers from varied denominations and churches of Denton, as well as religious and spiritual life organizations are available for spiritual counseling, social and spiritual involvement. Spiritual life resources are available in the Campus Life Office located in the University Union, Suite 320, or call 940-369-5080. The full listing of Spiritual Life resources are available at getconnected.unt.edu.

Speech and Hearing Center

The University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center offers services to adults and children with communication disorders. Audiology services include hearing testing, dispensing and repair of hearing aids, management of cochlear implants, assessment of auditory processing disorders 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 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, call 940-565-2262

Speed Reading

A non-credit workshop designed to increase reading speed while maintaining or improving retention is offered by the Learning Center.

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.

SGA is responsible for many services to students, such as apartment guides, homecoming/spring elections, SGA forums and town hall meetings. Students may also benefit from Eagle’s Nest membership, the Freshman Intern Program and Raupe Travel Grants.

Students interested in becoming a member of SGA may call 940-565-3850; visit the SGA office located in the University Union, Suite 320 S; or visit the SGA web site at www.untsga.com.

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 x-ray. 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 to make an appointment. Forms and additional information are available online at healthcenter.unt.edu.

Appointment hours, fall and spring semesters: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Appointment hours, summer terms: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Saturday walk-in clinic for acute care only (fall and spring semesters only): 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Nurse visit hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Allergy clinic hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The health center professional staff includes licensed physicians, certified nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses; certified lab technologists; certified medical technologists; certified radiological technologists; registered pharmacists; social workers; and administrative, business and medical records personnel. Also available are psychiatrists, a registered dietitian and a registered massage therapist.

The student medical services fee allows students to access physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and the pharmacy. Charges are assessed for ancillary services, medications, special supplies and treatments, and specialty provider visits. 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.

Medical information is confidential and is not released to others without a release signed by the patient. If a parent requests information on a minor, the Student Health and Wellness Center provides the information as allowed under the law.

The 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 physicians can also be filled at the 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 and outreach programs referral to students, campus groups and special programs for specific health needs. Contact the Coordinator of the Meadows Center for Health Resources at 940-565-2787 for a complete list of offerings.

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, 2010, a bacterial meningitis vaccination is required by Texas state law for any first-time or transfer student who is residing in on-campus housing. Additional information on this requirement, including proof and other issues relating to possible exemptions, is available at the immunization section of the UNT health center’s web site at healthcenter.unt.edu/ImmReq.htm. 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 UNT’s premier program and activities office on the UNT campus. As the only student-run programming office, UPC offers a co-curricular learning experience through involvement in student programming committees. UPC programs outdoor recreation and off-campus travel, concerts, dances and traditional events, arts and lectures, promotion and other special events for the UNT campus and Denton community. UPC is part of the University Union and is funded in part by the union fee paid by students. UPC welcomes members for their suggestions and ideas. Committee membership is open to any interested student. The UPC Office is located on level 2 of the University Union. Call 940-565-3825 for information or visit www.unt.edu/upc.

University Union

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.

A 500-seat theater, meeting and banquet facilities are available to campus or community groups.

A food court, complete with an outside terrace seating area, provides a variety of menu offerings. The Corner Store has a large selection of grab-and-go items, a smoothie bar and Boar’s Head Deli sandwich shop. Green Mountain Coffee is a gourmet coffee bar featuring a special brew coffee along with muffins, scones and breakfast items. Both areas are on level 2.

Avesta provides a casual dining atmosphere with gourmet cuisine for lunch, Monday through Friday.

The Union also offers a games and recreation center, which includes an Einstein Bros. Bagels; TV viewing; e-mail stations; graphics and reproduction center; a copy center; and a variety of entertainment at almost any time of the day. ATMs and public fax services are also available. At the Information Center, level 3, discount tickets to local attractions, lost and found, and updates on programs are available.

Also housed in the Union are the Student Activities Center, Student Government Association, banking services, Office of Disability Accommodation, UNT Bookstore, Dean of Students, post office, Multicultural Center, and Center for Leadership and Service.

For further information contact the Union at 940-565-3805 [TDD 800-735-2989] or visit www.unt.edu/union. Contact Union Scheduling Services for catering, event planning and facility use at 940-565-3804 or visit www.unt.edu/union/scheduling.

Veterans Center

The UNT Veterans Center, 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 out UNT community through programs and scholarship. For more information, please visit the center in the University Union, Suite 320, call 940-369-8021, or e-mail veteranscenter@unt.edu 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 is excited to announce the UNT Teaching Excellence Seminar, a redesigned TA/TF orientation that introduces new TA, TF and adjunct faculty to best practices in teaching and supportive resources. Supported by the Office of the Provost, CLEAR and the Council of Deans, this one day workshop is mandatory for all new TAs and TFs as stated in the Graduate Catalog.