Student Life

Division of Student Development

The Division of Student Development offers a wide variety of opportunities for academic and personal growth, leadership development, and organizational involvement. Specific offices under the direction of the Vice President for Student Development include financial aid, career opportunities, counseling and testing, dean of students, student legal advisor, international programs, recreational sports, diversity, admissions, The Learning Center, the Office of Disability Accommodation, Student Activities and Organizations, the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities, and the health center.

The Division of Student Development is committed to the improvement of the quality of life for students and to the enhancement of their competencies as productive citizens. The division advocates responsible behavior, supports learning and promotes the attainment of personal and cultural goals through varied activities. For information, call (940) 565-4909.

Learning Center

The Learning Center (TLC) was created to supplement and support academic excellence. TLC provides a central location for information about all academic support systems throughout the UNT campus. The center also houses the following programs. By Connecting for Success, students find out about, and make use of, campuswide resources that address their academic difficulties. Also located at the center are interactive computer programs and classes for study skills (Reading and Study Skills ­ RASSL) and speed-reading. The center's Volunteer Tutor Program (VTP) and Supplemental Instruction (SI) programs are free services intended to improve grades. The VTP provides individual tutors for most lower level classes, while the SI program provides supplemental study groups for classes identified as high-risk. For students interested in graduate school, books and computer software for entrance exam preparation (GMAT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT and CLEP) are available. TLC is open 8-5, Monday through Friday, and limited evening hours.

Reading and Study Skills Laboratory (RASSL)

The lab (RASSL) offers a variety of programs in such areas as speed reading, vocabulary building, test-taking skills and study skills.

Volunteer Tutors

The center works to provide volunteer tutors for virtually all subject areas. This is a free service open to all UNT students.

TLC is located in the University Union, Suite 322, or call (940) 565-7006.

Career Opportunities Center

The Career Opportunities Center (COC) provides career assistance for all presently enrolled students, students seeking educational certification or endorsement, and all former students. Upon registration with the COC, every effort is made to assist candidates as they seek full-time employment in education, business, industry, government or service organizations.

The office maintains information on employers, job listings, salaries, supply/demand trends, an extensive Internet Career Guide and job listings (Jobline) system on its homepage, as well as other aids for the job search.

For students seeking employment in the fields of business, industry, government or service organizations, the best time to register with COC is by the month of May prior to the year of graduation.

Education candidates graduating or earning teacher certification in December should register prior to the fall term. May and August candidates should register prior to the spring term.

It should be noted, however, that there is no deadline for registering with COC.

There is no fee for currently enrolled students to register; however, there are nominal mailing fees. A service fee is charged former students.

Career Education Library

Offering a wide selection of information about occupations and career opportunities, the Career Education Library also contains SIGI (System of Interactive Guidance and Information) and Choices CT, two computerized career exploration and information systems.

The Career Opportunities Center is located on the third level of the University Union in the Student Development area. Information is also available through the COC web site (www.unt.edu/coc/).

Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities (CSR&R) is responsible for addressing student conduct, enforcing university policies and procedures and providing students with the resources necessary to resolve their own personal disputes. Specifically, the CSR&R administers student disciplinary procedures in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and maintains official disciplinary records. Emphasis is placed on educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the UNT community. In addition, the CSR&R seeks to educate the campus community through literature and training. The office provides policy interpretation and rights adjustment as well as handling complaints against students. The CSR&R is committed to enhancing students' competencies as productive citizens and promoting life-long learning and community standards.

Commuter and Nontraditional Student Services

The university provides a number of services to commuter students through various offices. Special assistance with problems, liaison for proper referrals and self-help materials for off-campus living, day care and other issues are available through Commuter Services. Additionally, information concerning the UNT car pool service is available during registration each semester for area commuters and Denton residents. Commuter Services is located in the Student Activities and Organizations Office, University Union.

Shuttle bus service between UNT and Dallas and Fort Worth is available to students. For more information, call (940) 565-3807.

The University Union provides lounge areas and food service. Contact the University Union Office (940) 565-3805 for more information.

Counseling and Testing Services

The center provides confidential, professional psychological services to currently enrolled students. Faculty and staff may be seen on an emergency basis for evaluation. 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.

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, GMAT and TOEFL. Information and application forms for various national tests are available in the center's office.

The center is in the University Union, Suite 321, or call (940) 565-2741.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office is a resource for UNT undergraduate and graduate students in all programs, schools and colleges. The Dean of Students Office provides services to enhance student success, learning and personal development during the college transition period and beyond. It serves as a liaison for the student body with family, faculty, staff and the local community to provide a framework for students' successful adjustment to college life, learning. academic success and personal development, consistent with the academic mission of the university.

Staff members in the Dean of Students Office are available for general counseling or information and assistance with any phase of campus life. In emergency situations (i.e., death in family), special assistance can be provided for notification of professors, medical withdrawal, etc. The Dean of Students Office handles social adjustment problems, and provides self-development opportunities and enrichment activities via a number of sub-units. For information, call (940) 565-2648.

Office of Disability Accommodation

The Office of Disability Accommodation furnishes assistance with registration, scheduling, academic access and certain educational auxiliary aids for students whose disabilities necessitate special accommodations for equality of educational opportunity. For additional information, call (940) 565-4323, TDD access: (940) 565-2958, or visit Room 324 in the University Union.

International Studies and Programs

International Studies and Programs and its constituent units assist all students, citizens of the U.S. and of other countries, who wish to include an international experience in their education, and assist UNT administration, faculty, colleges and departments in the development and conduct of international education activities and programs on and off campus. International Studies and Programs also directs and supports activity of five constituent units. All units are located in Kendall Hall (e-mail: intl@isp.admin.unt.edu; web site: www.unt.edu/isp).

The Intensive English Language Institute provides English and academic skills instruction to students whose first language is not English. Call (940) 565-2003.

The International Admissions and Advising Center assists students with immigration matters and admissions advising. For admissions advising, call (940) 565-2442. For immigration advising, call (940) 565-2195.

The International Welcome Center creates a place to call a "home away from home" for international students and provides orientation programs, campus and community information and activities. Call (940) 369-8625, or visit www.unt.edu/isp/ieli for information.

The Sponsored Student Programs Office 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. Call (940) 565-2196.

The Study Abroad Center develops and advises for study, work and volunteer programs throughout the world, and assists faculty, staff and students with exchanges, Fulbright Programs, travel logistics, ID cards and hostel membership, as well as hosting students from other countries on the UNT campus. Call (940) 565-2207 or visit www.unt.edu/isp/sac for information.

International Students Health Insurance Policy

All international students are required to have health insurance before enrolling at the university. Evidence of health insurance coverage must be presented each semester to the International Admissions and Advising Center prior to registration. Coverage must be in effect continuously from the time the student initially enrolls at the University of North Texas through all enrollment periods and vacation periods until final separation from the university.

Student Activities and Organizations

The Student Activities and Organizations office provides organization training and advisement, special event planning, and official registration for all student organizations at the university. Call (940) 565-3807 for information.

Student Employment Services

Student Employment Services, located in Suite 323 on the third floor of the University Union, provides a variety of employment opportunities on and off campus to currently enrolled students in order to help them offset their college expenses and develop good work records. For information, call (940) 565-2425. Information regarding off-campus jobs can also be accessed by calling (940) 369-JOBS.

Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides several methods of assisting undergraduate students in financing their education. See "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" in the Financial Information section of this catalog or the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships web site for additional information. For financial aid information at UNT go to essc.unt.edu/finaid. E-mail Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at finaid@dsa.admin.unt.edu.

The Student Legal Advisor

The student legal advisor, available on an appointment basis, provides advice and assistance to currently enrolled students with legal concerns of a civil nature. Mediation is available through the UNT Alternative Dispute Resolution Program in collaboration with a public dispute resolution center. Mediation sessions are conducted by trained neutral mediators. The student legal advisor's office is located in Kendall Hall, Room 162, or call (940) 565-2614.

Student Activities, Information and Services

Academic Core Programs

The Office of Academic Core Programs is home to three UNT programs: the University Honors Program, the Great Books Program and National Student Exchange.

Through the University Honors Program, talented and motivated students may take their core requirements in the honors environment of small classes taught by experienced professors. Admission to Honors is by application. The program is open to all qualified undergraduate students seeking the baccalaureate degree at UNT, regardless of school or major. New, continuing and transfer students are welcome to apply.

National Student Exchange provides UNT students the opportunity to exchange to any of more than 170 colleges and universities in the U.S. While on exchange, the student remains enrolled at UNT. Exchanges can be arranged for a semester or an academic year. Students should apply before March 1 for placement during the next academic year.

The Great Books Program offers students an opportunity to become broadly educated by reading some of the world's finest writings. In this two-semester program, students enroll for 9 hours per semester in English, history and philosophy. Students spend class time discussing their readings under the tutelage of professors from each of the three departments.

For more information on these programs, please refer to "Academic Core Programs" in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog.

Academic and Social Clubs

A wide array of clubs and organizations offer UNT students friendship, relationships with people of similar interests, and avenues for organized and meaningful service.

Eight national honor societies offer recognition to the student who exhibits outstanding academic achievements and campus participation. Numerous national professional societies and departmental clubs offer involvement within the academic disciplines.

The campus has an active Greek system of national Greek letter fraternities and sororities that sponsor such activities as Greek Week, social events and fund-raising drives for local charities.

Still other clubs offer a chance to join in activities with people of mutual interests. Almost every interest, from religion to residence hall improvement and from intercultural orientation to gymnastics, has its organized club on campus.

For a complete list of academic, service and social clubs at UNT, contact Student Activities and Organizations, University Union (940) 565-3807.

Adaptive Computer Laboratory

Any UNT student, faculty or staff member with a valid UNT ID card can use the Adaptive Computer Laboratory facilities. Students registered with UNT's Office of Disability Accommodation (ODA) have preemptive privileges when the laboratory is full or when specific adaptive equipment is needed. Students are encouraged to visit the laboratory early in the semester and become familiar with equipment and services.

The Adaptive Computer Laboratory is located in Chilton Hall, Room 116. Chilton Hall is on the corner of Chestnut and Avenue C across from the Health Center. To contact the Adaptive Computer Laboratory, call (940) 565-4750, TDD Access through Relay Texas: (800) 735-2989, or write to:

University of North Texas

Adaptive Computer Laboratory

P.O. Box 311340

Denton, TX 76203-1340

The laboratory also may be accessed through the Internet (www.scs.unt.edu/labs/adaptive/index.html).

Aerie Yearbook

The Aerie is the only official pictorial history of the university. It is distributed each fall and contains photos of students, organization members and candid photos of activities and events. For additional information, contact the Aerie Office on level four of the University Union, (940) 565-3822.

Athletic Organizations and Activities

Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports at UNT offer a wide range of opportunities for recreation. Accessible sports facilities include an 18-hole golf course, a weight-training building, ten lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool, two gymnasiums, Fouts Field and the Coliseum.

Facilities in the Coliseum include handball and racquetball courts. The Physical Education Building contains a multipurpose gymnasium, handball/racquetball courts and an indoor aquatics area.

Intercollegiate Athletics Program

The University of North Texas has a strong athletic tradition. The Eagles compete at the NCAA Division 1-A level. In 2000, UNT athletic teams joined the Sun Belt Conference. The league consists of 12 schools from eight different states and conducts championships in 17 different sports.

UNT currently sponsors men's teams in basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field. Women's teams compete in basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and swimming and diving.

Home football games are played on campus at Fouts Field. Men's and women's basketball games are held at the Super Pit (Coliseum). Women's volleyball matches are held at the Snake Pit (Men's Gym), and women's soccer games are held at Intramural Field. All facilities are on campus. Admission to all athletic events is free to students with valid UNT ID cards.

Recreational Sports

The university offers extensive intramural, sport clubs, open recreation and recreational instruction programs to provide students with recreational and competitive opportunities. Any student enrolled for residence credit hours may participate in intramurals through one of three leagues: residence hall, Greek or independent, which have men's, women's and co-recreational teams. 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 clubs programs compete against other colleges and universities in the Texas area. The clubs include Aikido, badminton, baseball, bicycling, billiards, fencing, martial arts, men's soccer, lacrosse, in-line hockey, ultimate disc, men's volleyball, weightlifting, men's rugby, women's rugby and multi-sport.

The recreational instruction program offers students exciting activities for a small fee. Aerobic dance, step aerobics, circuit training, hip hop aerobics, water aerobics, body sculpting, cardio kickboxing and other activities provide the student with a variety of programs from which to choose. A Learn to Swim Program for children of students, faculty and staff is also offered.

The open recreation program in the Physical Education Building offers currently enrolled students, current and retired faculty and staff, and their guests drop-in activity in basketball, handball, racquetball, swimming and volleyball. A weight room for recreational use is located in the Men's Gymnasium and offers BodyMastersTM equipment, Stairmasters,TM UniversalTM treadmills, QuintonTM treadmills, Stairmaster freerunner elipitcals, free weights and exercise bikes to students, faculty and staff, and their families, who have a valid ID card. For information concerning hours of operation, call the Recreational Sports Office at (940) 565-2275.

Student Ethnic Enrichment Center

The Student Ethnic Enrichment Center (formerly Center for Cultural Diversity) opened on November 3, 1995, to serve all UNT students, faculty and staff. The center's primary purpose is to support and enhance a welcoming environment at UNT which fosters communication across cultures and honors all people. The center addresses the needs of minority groups on campus; however, the overall focus is inclusive.

The center serves as a central resource for a broad spectrum of campus individuals and groups looking for specific information. Staff members collect and make available information of special interest to various groups, including information about internships and scholarships, as well as conferences, exchange programs, guest speakers, workshops and other educational opportunities. Additionally, the center provides and promotes cultural awareness, both on campus and in the broader community.

The center is located in Room 410 of the University Union.

Center for Media Production (CMP)

The Center for Media Production is a full-service media production center that serves the faculty, staff and students of UNT. The center features professional-quality audio, graphics, photography and video production. Audiovisual technical engineering, design and repair are available. CMP distributes a variety of media supplies and materials such as slide trays, 35mm film, video tapes and audio tapes.

The graphics area provides design, typesetting, layout, and illustration services for projects such as brochures, programs, booklets, thesis diagrams, overhead transparencies, signs, posters and web pages. The graphics area also offers digital output, computer scanning, color inkjet prints, lamination and dry-mounting.

The photography area provides location, copy stand and studio photographic services (including portraits); digital photography and printing; develops and prints black-and-white film; handles processing and printing of color slides and negatives; and makes color slides from printed illustration, typography, graphics or original art.

The audio area features a studio equipped for narration recording, digital editing, on-location recording of campus events and CD mastering and duplication.

The video area features broadcast quality videotaping, either on location or recorded and edited in the video production studio. Video editing features the Media 100 digital video editing system. Format transfer and VHS duplication is available from BETACAM, 3/4-inch Hi8 and SVHS/VHS.

The technical services area repairs media hardware, provides consultation about technical specifications and proper hardware use and provides maintenance for audiovisual equipment.

The center is in Chilton Hall, Room 211, or call (940) 565-2180.

The Coliseum

The Coliseum is a multipurpose facility with accommodations for center arena events (10,705), theater presentations (3,400-5,200), banquets (1,100), concerts (3,400-8,200), commencements, athletic events, workshops, dances, camps and competitions. For information regarding Coliseum reservations, contact the Coliseum director's office at (940) 565-2557.

Dining Services

Variety in selections, freedom of choice, an all-you-can-eat policy and self-serve salad bars are features of UNT's residence hall dining service. Students living in residence halls on campus are required to choose a five-day or seven-day meal plan. An open dining policy allows all students and guests access to any cafeteria continuously from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a grill operation open until 10 p.m.

Students living off campus may purchase full-service meal plans in the Dining Services office at current board rates. Faculty, staff, students and guests without a meal plan may purchase meals individually with cash or ID Plus. A 10 percent discount is deducted from the purchase with the use of ID Plus.

The Dining Services office is located in Crumley Hall, Room 106. For more information about meal plans please call (940) 565-2462.

Distributed Learning

The University of North Texas offers a selection of undergraduate and graduate courses via distributed learning, which includes courses delivered via the World Wide web and videoconference. Off-campus videoconference sites are located around the Dallas­Fort Worth Metroplex and at various sites across Texas and the United States. Web-based courses can be taken from any location worldwide that has Internet access and the appropriate computer equipment available.

For further information, consult the "Distance Education and web-based Courses" section of the Schedule of Classes or check out the UNT Distributed Learning web site (http://courses.unt.edu/).

Eagle Mail

UNT has designated e-mail as an official form of communication between the university and students. UNT provides e-mail accounts to all students registered at the university with no special fee imposed for those accounts. Students are automatically assigned e-mail accounts and user IDs and are given computer storage space for a reasonable volume of mail; however, it is the student's responsibility to activate the account. 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 Continuing Education and Conference Management at (940) 565-2600.

Student organizations wishing to reserve facilities should contact the Student Activities Center, University Union, second level (940) 565-3807.

Facilities Scheduling

The Facilities Scheduling Office handles reservations for public-use facilities on campus for faculty and staff organizations as well as for off- campus groups wishing to use university facilities. The office is in Chilton Hall, Room 289K.

Fine Arts Series

The UNT Fine Arts Series had its origin as the Lyceum Series in 1924 during the Normal College era. The series has continued for 96 consecutive seasons to provide a wide variety of the visual, performing and literary arts for the university and the greater metroplex communities. Coordinated by a committee composed of faculty, staff and students, the Fine Arts Series provides students with leadership opportunities. Students may develop arts management skills, participate in the selection of artists and their works, and learn to evaluate and discern among various artists.

UNT students may receive free tickets to performances by presenting a current UNT ID to the ticket seller. Faculty and staff are admitted at half price. General public tickets are available at the Information Center in the University Union or at the door for each presentation.

Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council was established in 1968 to assure formal avenues of communication between representatives of the graduate student body and both the dean of the graduate school and the University 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 University Graduate Council. For additional information, contact the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies.

Health Center

The Student Health Center is equipped with examination and treatment rooms, a clinical laboratory, pharmacy and x-ray. Medical services are available when school is in session to enrolled students paying the medical service fee. No medical care is available between semesters or on official university holidays. For a major emergency, call 911. The Student Health Center operates on an appointment system. Call (940) 565-2333 to make an appointment.

Hours of operation: Clinic Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. ­ 6 p.m.; Saturday Urgent Care Clinic 9 a.m. ­ noon; Pharmacy Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. ­ 6:45 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. ­ 12:45 p.m.; Summer clinic hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. ­ 4:30 p.m.

The Health Center professional staff includes licensed physicians and nurses; certified lab technologists; certified medical radiological technologists; registered pharmacists; certified health educators; and administrative, business and medical records personnel. Also available are psychiatrists, an allergist, a registered dietitian, a registered massage therapist and a personal fitness trainer.

Office visits to a physician or nurse are free, but charges are assessed for ancillary services and special supplies and treatments. The student may pay with cash, check, ID Plus or credit card, or may open a charge account and pay monthly. Statements will be sent to the parent with the student's written permission.

The Health Center files patients' insurance claims with most carriers. Other patients receive information at the time of service to file with their insurance carrier. The Health Center is not a provider on the University employee health insurance plan.

Medical information is confidential and is not released to others without a release signed by the patient. If a parent requests information for a minor, the Health Center is obligated to provide the information.

A full-service pharmacy is located inside the Health Center. Prescriptions from private physicians can be filled at the pharmacy. The pharmacy accepts some PCS and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas Prescription Drug Cards with co-payment.

The Health Education Program provides individual health counseling, outreach programs to campus groups and special programs for specific health needs. Contact the Health Education Coordinator at (940) 565-2787 for a complete list of offerings.

A licensed nurse administers allergy injections. Patients must bring their antigen and current orders (date cannot exceed one year) from their allergist. For more information, obtain a current "Allergy Policy" from the Student Health Center.

The Student Health Center recommends that all students have current immunizations for diphtheria, tetanus, rubella, mumps, measles and hepatitis B.

Students who have their medical fees waived are not eligible for Health Center services.

Health Insurance Program

A group student health insurance plan is offered for students enrolled at UNT. Application forms are available in the Health and Wellness Center. It is compulsory for international students on non-immigrant visas to carry medical and hospitalization insurance. International students are billed with tuition and fees unless they have alternate insurance coverage. Waivers of this university-endorsed policy are available in the International Admissions and Advising Center, Kendall Hall, Room 171, for UNT students who show proof of comparable alternate insurance coverage. Proof must be presented before the 12th class day of a long semester (4th class day of a summer term; 2nd class day of a mini-mester).

Homecoming

Traditional homecoming activities offer almost a full week of events sponsored by the Advancement Office, the University Program Council and other campus organizations. Departmental receptions and fraternity and sorority gatherings also provide a welcome to former students, faculty and friends returning to the campus each autumn.

Honors Day

At the annual honors convocation, UNT recognizes its outstanding students, including those listed in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges, and presents departmental student awards. Student awards to outstanding faculty and distinguished alumni also are announced at this convocation. For information, call (940) 565-4909.

Housing

All unmarried undergraduate students under the age of 21 who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours of university work and who enroll for 9 or more hours are required to reside in university-operated residence halls under a contractual room and board plan as long as space is available. College Inn is available for upperclass students who choose the no-meal plan. Exemption may be granted only by the director of housing in accordance with an established policy statement, which is available from the Housing Office. Single rooms are not available for undergraduates.

Residence Halls

The University of North Texas' 10 residence halls provide students with a wide range of lifestyles. All-female, coed and upperclass halls offer a variety of learning opportunities. Most halls are specially modified to accommodate disabled students. Santa Fe Square and Mozart Square are now considered UNT residence halls.

Hall guidelines are set forth in The ABCs of Residence Hall Living and Home Away from Home, which are available in the Housing Office. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with these regulations.

Residence Hall Contracts

Contracts, available from the Housing Office, must be accompanied by a $75 deposit and a $225 prepayment. Room assignments are made primarily on the basis of the date contracts are received in the Housing Office, and a housing contract binding for the academic year must be signed at the time a student applies for a room. The housing deposit and prepayment are totally refundable until August 1 for the fall semester and January 1 for the spring semester. Partial refunds can be made between August 2 and opening day for the fall semester and between January 2 and opening day for the spring semester. Cancellation after these dates results in forfeiture of deposit and prepayment.

Room and board costs are subject to change by the Board of Regents. A list of current charges is available from the Housing Office. For housing information, write to: University of North Texas, Housing Department, P.O. Box 311310, Denton, TX 76203-1310.

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.

North Texas Exes (Alumni Association)

North Texas Exes' purpose is to enhance the mission of the university through increased alumni participation. The association represents all schools, colleges, students, faculty and staff. An application for membership can be found in the association office or through the UNT web site (www.unt.edu). Call (800) UNT-1153 for more information.

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. All organizations that include enrolled students as members must register each long semester with Student Activities and Organizations if they will use any of the university's facilities, space or grounds for meetings, or hold university-wide events.

Policies regulating the organization, functioning, sponsorship and privileges of registered and recognized organizations are available from Student Activities and Organizations, University Union, or call (940) 565-3807.

Religious Activities and Organizations

Campus ministries and student centers sponsored by different denominations and the churches of Denton, as well as campus religious organizations, offer opportunities for personal counseling and for social and spiritual involvement. A list of campus religious organizations is available in the Student Activities and Organizations, University Union, Suite 216, or call (940) 565-3807.

Speech and Hearing Center

The University of North Texas Speech and Hearing Center offers diagnostic and remediation services to adults and children presenting communication disorders. Specific services provided include audiological tests, hearing-aid evaluations and aural rehabilitation programs, as well as evaluations and therapy programs for articulation, language, voice and fluency disorders.

The Speech and Hearing Center is located at 907 West Sycamore. Services are free to enrolled students. Fees for services are charged to all others based on a sliding scale according to gross income and number of dependents.

Student Government Association

The goals of Student Government Association (SGA) are to promote the interests and opinions of the student body, to promote projects beneficial to the students and to act as an official voice of the students on matters of policy and student welfare.

Existing SGA programs include The Eagle's Nest Interorganizational Council, a guide to off-campus housing, the faculty, staff, and student directory, among others. The Student Government Association offices are on the fourth level of the University Union.

The UNT student can become involved in SGA through election or appointment. The president, vice president and a majority of the representatives are elected; executive officers are appointed by the SGA president, subject to the approval of the representative assembly. Association meetings are held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the University Union, Room 216, during the long terms and are open to the public. For more information call (940) 565-3850.

Supplemental Instruction Program

SI is a peer tutoring program designed to have students help each other with classes. The most difficult courses on campus are identified and targeted for SI. Two to three free study sessions are offered outside of class each week.

UNT is the first university in the Dallas­Fort Worth area to use this program that is used by more than 600 colleges and universities throughout the world.

University Police

The University Police is primarily concerned with the safety of all members of the university community and the protection of state and personal property.

Located at 2210 North I-35E in the Sullivant Visitor Center, the department operates 24 hours a day. University Police officers are licensed by the state of Texas, and they are empowered with the same authority as municipal police officers. The University Police shares an area of jurisdiction with the City of Denton Police Department and is responsible for the enforcement of state and local laws, as well as university rules and regulations. It also offers such services as crime prevention programs, criminal investigation, escort services, shuttle bus transportation, and parking and visitor information.

For more information, contact the University Police at (940) 565-3000, or P.O. Box 310948, Denton, TX 76203-0948.

The University Union

The University Union is the gathering place for the campus. 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, as well as an exceptional catering department, 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 convenience store has a large selection of "grab and go" meal options, gourmet coffees, ice cream and bakery items. Avesta provides a dining area that is open for breakfast and lunch.

The Union also offers a games and recreation center, TV viewing, graphics and reproductions center, a copy center, a retail catalog order service, and a variety of entertainment at almost any time of the day. ATMs, pay phones and public fax services are found throughout the facility. At the Information Center, level three, check cashing, 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 Accommodations, Student Employment, UNT Bookstore, Career Opportunities Office, Counseling and Testing, Dean of Students, U.S. Post Office, Student Ethnic Enrichment Center, Student Volunteer Center and the Women's Center.

For further information, contact the Union at (940) 565-3805 or TDD (800) 735-2989. Contact Verde! Reservations Office for catering, event planning and facility use at (940) 565-3804.

University Program Council

The University Program Council (UPC) offers a co-curricular learning experience through involvement in student-led programming committees. UPC provides movies, outdoor recreation and off-campus travel, concerts, dances and traditional events, arts and lectures, promotion, and other special events to 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 in the University Union. Call (940) 565-3825 for information.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center provides free tutoring, workshops and help in composing papers for students from the freshman through graduate levels. Individualized and group work in areas such as punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and essay writing is provided by experienced tutors, five days and four evenings a week, for 13 weeks during each long term and five weeks during each summer term.

The Writing Center also houses the UNT Grammar/Writing Hotline, (940) 565-4311. Students, faculty, staff and community members who have questions about any aspect of grammar or writing may call the hotline for an answer Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The primary purpose of the Writing Center is to promote more and better written composition by students at all levels. Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Center in the Auditorium Building, Room 105, to discuss their writing abilities.

Special Services

Services for the Blind

Appointments with the Commission for the Blind to arrange support services for college students with visual impairments in the North Central Texas area may be made by calling a counselor through the access number (800) 252-5204. To be eligible for services, a person must have a visual disability constituting a vocational handicap that can reasonably be expected to be overcome by the services provided. Students may make application to the office in their home community or call the contact number for more information.

Office of Disability Accommodation

An equal opportunity institution, the University of North Texas complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act in making reasonable adjustments in its policies for qualified students with disabilities who wish to participate in its education programs. The Office of Disability Accommodation assists with registration and scheduling and furnishes certain educational auxiliary aids for students whose disabilities necessitate special accommodation. Students requiring special accommodations because of a disability should notify the Office of Disability Accommodation at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester of the students' enrollment.

For further information, contact the Office of Disability Accommodation, University Union, Room 324, or call (940) 565-4323, TDD access: (940) 565-2958.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The Texas Rehabilitation Commission provides services for qualified individuals with physical, learning or emotional impairments. Examples of these are diabetes, hearing impairment, heart problems, orthopedic problems, dyslexia, arthritis, adjustment disorders and countless other disorders that can create difficulty in successfully mastering college-level classroom training.

Services include financial assistance, job placement, counseling and guidance, and physical restoration. Application for services must be made through a representative of the commission.

Students interested in applying for services should contact the office in their home community or contact: Texas Rehabilitation Commission, 116 E. Prairie St., Denton, TX 76201, or call (940) 383-1521. The UNT/TWU campus representative may be reached by calling (940) 565-2773 or visiting Chilton Hall, Suite 238J.

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