Undergraduate Catalog

2008-09 Academic Year

Student Life

Students move into the dorm.

The Student Life section contains a wealth of information about student activities, clubs, resources and centers. Here, you will find information about the Pohl Recreation Center (with its 45-foot climbing wall), residence halls, the Career Center, the Office of Disability Accommodation and tutoring offered by the Learning Center.

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 Vice President for Student Development include the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities, Counseling and Testing Center, Dean of Students, Office of Disability Accommodation, Student Health and Wellness Center, Learning Center, New Student Programs, Recreational Sports, Student Activities Center, the Career Center, the University Union, Student Legal Services, Student Success Programs (includes parent programs and mentoring), Planning and Advancement for Student Development, and Student Money Management 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 was created to supplement and support academic excellence and life-long learning. A wide range of individual, group and self-help programs and materials is provided to maximize the academic potential of all University of North Texas students. Online tutoring, RASSL (Reading and Study Skills Laboratories), Supplemental Instruction, Supplemental Tutoring, Connecting for Success, the Volunteer Tutor Program, the Academic Alert Program, and the Academic Resource Library are all housed in the center.

Online tutoring provides UNT students with free interactive tutoring 24 hours a day, seven days per week through Smarthinking.com.

Reading and Study Skills Laboratory (RASSL) is a non-credit workshop designed to help students enhance their skills in studying, test taking, presenting, note taking, goal setting and time management. The groups are small and students are encouraged to share their experiences with academic difficulties and success.

Speed Reading is a non-credit workshop designed to increase reading speed while maintaining or improving retention.

Supplemental Instruction and Supplemental Tutoring place peer tutors in difficult courses to help students clarify material. These tutors facilitate group learning outside of class, while modeling transferable study skills that will help students in other courses.

Volunteer Tutors offer their time and expertise for free. The tutors are upper-class students who have done well in the courses they tutor and are eager to help others succeed.

The Academic Resource Library provides books and computer programs to assist students with preparation for graduate school admissions exams.

The Academic Alert Assistance Program is a series of workshops and individual meetings designed to help students restore their academic standing.

Connecting for Success provides linkages to academic support resources throughout the university. Students can contact those resources that might be most helpful to them.

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 lifelong learning and community standards.

Commuter and Nontraditional Student Services

The university provides a number of services to commuter and nontraditional students. Special assistance with problems, liaison for proper referrals and self-help materials for off-campus living, day care and other issues are available through this office. Additionally, students can register for the carpool and ride share program online at alternaterides.com. Commuter Services is located in the Student Activities Center, University Union, Suite 320, or call 940-565-3807 for more information.

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

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 to the Gateway Center, Room 140.

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 a framework for students' successful adjustment to college life, learning, academic success and personal development, consistent with the academic mission of the university. It serves as a liaison for the student body, family, faculty, staff and the local community, connecting them to campus resources.

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 to students for either verification or notification of illness, death or other absences or for assistance with medical withdrawals. The Dean of Students Office handles social adjustment problems, and provides personal development opportunities and enrichment activities via a number of sub-units. For information, call 940-565-2648 or visit Suite 320 in the University Union.

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 on ODA letterhead 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 321, University Union.

International Studies and Programs

International Studies and Programs (ISP) assists all students, citizens of the U.S. and of other countries, who wish to include an international experience in their education. ISP assists UNT administration, faculty, colleges and departments in the development and conduct of international education activities and programs on and off campus. ISP also directs and supports activity of six constituent units. All units are located on the second floor of the Information Sciences Building (e-mail: international@unt.edu; web site: www.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 eva@isp.admin.unt.edu or visit www.international.unt.edu/ieli.

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

The International Advising office assists students and scholars with matters related to immigration and maintaining student status. Contact 940-565-2195 or internationaladvising@unt.edu or visit www.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 www.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, and personal and academic counseling; and reports academic progress to sponsors with direct invoicing for tuition and fees. Contact 940-565-2196 or aleka@unt.edu or visit www.international.unt.edu/sspc.

The Study Abroad Center (SAC) encourages study experience all over the world. It assists faculty, staff and students with exchanges, Fulbright Programs and travel logistics. SAC also hosts students from other countries on the UNT campus. U.S. students wishing to transfer credits from international institutions should contact the SAC for pre-approval. Contact 940-565-2207 or marybeth@unt.edu or visit www.international.unt.edu/sac.

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 employment insurance, or

3. An international student has coverage obtained 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.

Student Activities Center

The Student Activities Center provides organization training and advisement, special event planning, and official registration for all student organizations at the university.

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.

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.

Students find opportunities to get involved through numerous campuswide events such as Family Weekend, Howdy Week, Homecoming and University Day. The Student Activities Center can help you get connected.

For a complete list of academic, service and social clubs at UNT, contact the Student Activities Center, University Union, Suite 320 or call 940-565-3807.

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 by visiting 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. The Career Center is available by telephone at 940-565-2105 and on the web by visiting careercenter.unt.edu.

Student Financial Aid and Scholarships

Student Financial Aid and Scholarships provides several methods of assisting students in financing their education. For additional financial aid information at UNT visit www.unt.edu/finaid.

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services provides free legal 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. Please refer to the web site for details (www.unt.edu/legal) or call 940-565-2614.

Student Activities, Information and Services

Adaptive Computer Lab

Any UNT student, faculty or staff member 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 semester and become familiar with equipment and services. The lab has adaptive consultants on duty for hands-on help and training.

The Adaptive Computer Lab is located in the Science and Technology Library in the Information Sciences Building, Room 110. The Information Sciences Building is in the center of campus next to the Hurley Administration Building and across from the Biology Building. To contact the Adaptive Computer Lab, call 940-565-3048, TDD Access through Relay Texas: 800-735-2989, or write to:

Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Manager
Adaptive Computer Lab
Computing Center
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305398
Denton, TX 76203-5398

e-mail: ehinkle@unt.edu

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

Aerie Yearbook

The Aerie is the official pictorial history of the university. It is distributed each fall and covers organization events and activities, all athletic programs, and university events. For additional information, contact the Aerie Office on level 4 of the University Union, 940-565-3822 or visit the web site at www.unt.edu/union/aerie.htm.

Athletic Organizations and Activities

Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports at UNT offer a wide range of opportunities for recreation. Accessible sports facilities include the Pohl Recreation Center, the Waranch Tennis Complex, 12 lighted tennis courts, two swimming pools, four gymnasiums, Fouts Field and the Coliseum.

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

North Texas Athletics

North Texas Athletics is a vital component of university life. The athletic program provides a rallying point for fans, friends and, most importantly, students of the University of North Texas. A student's collegiate experience would not be complete without having enjoyed the opportunity to tailgate with friends and family, to stand and cheer for the Mean Green as they take the field or court prior to competition, and to sing “Glory to the Green” immediately following the conclusion of an athletic event. Mean Green Athletics strives to be a university partner and works diligently with multiple aspects of the university in order to enhance students' participation and enjoyment of the collegiate experience. Students are admitted free to all athletic events.

North Texas Athletics competes at the highest level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA Division I program fully funds athletic scholarships for 16 teams and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference. The university has captured 12 Sun Belt Conference Championships, attended four consecutive bowl games in recent years and participated in the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Academic achievement is a priority at North Texas as more than half of the 300-plus Mean Green student athletes annually attain a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

North Texas Athletics and the university completed construction of a new 46,000-square foot Athletics Center in February 2005. The facility houses administrative and football coaches' offices, a football locker room, team meeting rooms, strength and conditioning facilities, and sports medicine facilities. The new Mean Green Village Women's Athletic Complex has recently been renovated and opened in the fall of 2005. The women's athletic complex includes new coaches' offices, locker rooms, meeting rooms, training rooms, and competition facilities for golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The village also contains the new Waranch Tennis Complex, a 12-court facility complete with coaches' offices, locker rooms and pro shop. Rounding out the facilities of the Mean Green Village is the new student academic enhancement center, designed to maintain the priority of academic excellence among Mean Green student athletes.

For additional information on North Texas Athletics, call 940-565-2527, or visit the official web site of North Texas Athletics at MeanGreenSports.com.

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-care-to-eat policy and an award-winning healthy dining option 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 9 p.m. with a grill operation and coffee haus open until midnight.

Students living off campus may purchase full-service meal plans in the Dining Services office at current board rates or choose the 8's Enough meal plan exclusively designed for non-resident students. Faculty, staff, students and guests without a meal plan may purchase meals individually with cash.

The Dining Services office is located in Crumley Hall, Room 132. For more information about meal plans please call 940-565-2462 or visit our web site at dining.unt.edu.

Distance Education (Web-Based and Videoconference)

The University of North Texas offers a selection of undergraduate and graduate courses via distance education that are delivered via the web and videoconference. Off-campus videoconference sites are located around the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Web-based courses can be taken from any location worldwide that has Internet access and the appropriate computer equipment available.

For further information, check out 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 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.

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 North Texas 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 or closing affecting people on and around the UNT campus. Eagle Alert sends voice and text messages to phones of everyone with an active EUID account who has registered with the system.

Eagle Alert is used only to inform the UNT community in critical situations such as severe weather alers, campus closings because of inclement weather, and public safety emergencies.

To register, students should log on to my.unt.edu to provide and update their contact information.


UNT has designated e-mail as an official form of communication between the university and students. UNT provides e-mail accounts, accessible at eaglemail.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 space 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 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 110 classrooms on campus for faculty and staff organizations as well as for off-campus groups wishing to use university facilities. The office is in Marquis Hall, Room 212. Online reservations can be made at www.unt.edu/ccecm/departments/Facilities/UNT_facilities_form.htm.

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 to provide a wide variety of the visual, performing and literary arts for the university and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth community. Coordinated by a committee composed of faculty, staff and students, 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 performances by presenting a current UNT ID to the ticket seller. Faculty and staff are admitted at a discounted price. For information, call 940-565-3805 or visit web3.unt.edu/fas.

Gateway Center

The Gateway Center is a multipurpose facility housing class and conference rooms, a banquet facility, the Club at Gateway Center, offices for the UNT System Chancellor and his staff, Vice Chancellor and General Counsel, the Office of Development, the North Texas Exes and the UNT Foundation Inc. For banquet/conference scheduling, reservations and pricing, call Union Scheduling at 940-565-3804.

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.

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, 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 and Wellness Center operates on an appointment system. Call 940-565-2333 to make an appointment.

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 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday walk-in clinic: 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 4:15 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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

The student medical use fee allows students to access physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and pharmacy. Charges are assessed for ancillary services, special supplies and treatments and specialty provider visits. The student may pay with cash, check or credit card, or make billing arrangements. The Student Health and Wellness Center must have prior consent on file to treat minors (under 18).

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 Health and Wellness Center provides the information as allowed under the law.

A pharmacy is located inside Chestnut Hall. Prescriptions from private physicians can be filled at the pharmacy.

The Meadows Center for Health Resources provides individual health education, outreach programs, and drug and alcohol education and referral to students, campus groups and special programs for specific health needs. Contact the Meadows Center for Health Resources director 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, tetanus, rubella, mumps, measles and hepatitis B. It also is recommended that you consider receiving the bacterial meningitis vaccination.

Students who have their medical fees waived must pay a user fee each semester to be eligible for Health and Wellness 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 or online at www.uhcsr.com.

International students should refer to “International Student Health Insurance Requirement” elsewhere in this section.


Traditional homecoming activities offer almost a full week of events sponsored by the Office of Development, the University Program Council, Student Development, North Texas Exes, Student Activities Center and other campus organizations. Departmental receptions and fraternity and sorority gatherings also provide a welcome to former students, faculty, staff 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 Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and presents departmental student awards. Student awards to outstanding faculty also are announced at this convocation. For information, call 940-565-4373.


All unmarried undergraduate students who have graduated from high school the semester prior to enrolling at UNT, who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours of university work (pre-college hours not included) and who enroll for 12 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. Exemption may be granted by the director of housing in accordance with an established policy statement, which is available from the Department of Housing and Residence Life. College Inn, Honors Hall, Legends Hall, Santa Fe Square, and Mozart Square are available for upperclass students who wish to choose the no-meal plan option.

Residence Halls

The University of North Texas' 14 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.

Hall guidelines are set forth in The ABCs of Residence Hall Living, which is available at www.unt.edu/housing. It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with these regulations.

Residence Hall Contracts

Contracts, available online at www.unt.edu/housing, must be accompanied by a deposit and a prepayment. Room assignments are made primarily on the basis of the date contracts are completed via the online application. The online application functions as a signed contract. The housing deposit and prepayment are totally refundable until May 1 for the fall semester and October 15 for (new) spring contracts. Refund of prepayment only will be made from May 2 to June 1 for fall and from October 16 to November 15 for spring. A $200 refund will be made from June 2 to July 1 for fall and from November 16 to December 1 for spring. A $100 refund will be made from July 2 to August 15 for fall and from December 2 to December 15 for spring. After August 15 and December 15 no refunds are made except in cases where a student is denied admission to UNT and makes a refund request in writing, accompanied by a copy of the denial of admission letter, to the Housing Department.

Room and board costs are subject to change by the Board of Regents. A list of current charges is available from the Housing Office and online. For housing information, write to University of North Texas, Housing Department, 1155 Union Circle #311310, Denton, TX, 76203-1310 or by e-mail at housinginfo@unt.edu. The housing contract is available on our web site (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, religion, disability, veteran status or national origin.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center was established in November 1995 to address the needs of the diverse campus population with the goal that it would be a place where the entire community and region could experience the cultural wealth of the university. Its central purpose is to “teach the culture” by increasing the involvement and knowledge base of all members through communication across cultures and to support and enhance a welcoming environment at the university. Programs and activities sponsored by the Multicultural Center are developed with the intention of increasing the level of awareness, understanding and consciousness regarding the underrepresented culture and history of people of African, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Native American descent; however, the overall focus is inclusive.

The Multicultural Center is responsible for planning universitywide activities during Hispanic Heritage Month, Native American/American Indian Heritage Month, Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month, and to assist in the planning of Women's History Month and International Week as well as other cultural programs. In addition to planning cultural programs, the Multicultural Center coordinates the Buddy System Mentoring Program, which pairs incoming students with upperclassmen to assist the new student in adapting to the University of North Texas and offers enhancement and development workshops through the Multicultural Leadership Series.

The Multicultural Center houses the Alton and Renay Scales Ethnic Studies Library, which maintains a collection of works relevant to the experiences of the previously mentioned underrepresented ethnic groups. These resources are available to all university students, faculty and staff for research or general information purposes.

The Multicultural Center is located in the University Union, Suite 216. For more information on programs and services contact 940-565-3424.

National Student Exchange

National Student Exchange provides UNT students the opportunity to exchange to any of more than 190 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. While on exchange, the student remains enrolled at UNT. Exchanges can be arranged for a semester or an academic year. Students should apply before February 15 for placement during the next academic year. See Honors College section for additional information.

North Texas Exes (Alumni Association)

The North Texas Exes Alumni Association is dedicated to promoting the University of North Texas by connecting with alumni, friends and current students through programs, scholarships and activities that create awareness and loyalty, and to supporting the ideals of the university. For more information, call 940-565-2834 or e-mail alumni@unt.edu. Visit us at the Alumni Center or online at www.unt.onlinecommunity.com.

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 long semester with the Student Activities Center.

Policies regulating the organization, functioning, sponsorship and privileges of registered and recognized organizations are available from the Student Activities Center, University Union, Suite 320, or call 940-565-3807.


Parking regulations and maps detailing parking facilities may be obtained online at www.unt.edu/transit. Commuter parking permits are sold only at the UNT Bookstore beginning one week prior to the first class day and throughout the first week of classes. These permits are sold the remainder of the semester at the Parking Office in the Sullivant Public Safety Center at 1700 Wilshire. Residence hall parking permits must be ordered through the Housing web site as part of the housing enrollment process at housing.unt.edu/ehousing/Login.asp.

Pohl Recreation Center

The Pohl Recreation Center (Rec Center) provides facilities for recreational and fitness activities, including a weight room, a climbing 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 gymnasiums house 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 Sidelines Deli (serving snacks, smoothies, sandwiches and beverages), lounge and seating areas, meeting rooms, two aerobic rooms, lighted outdoor sand volleyball and basketball courts, and the Recreational Sports office.

Open throughout the day for recreation and fitness opportunities, the Rec Center offers classes in a variety of activities.

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: www.unt.edu/recsports.

Recreational Sports

The university offers extensive intramural, sport clubs, informal recreation, aquatics, outdoor and fitness 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, billiards, bowling, cycling, fencing, gamers, ice hockey, in-line hockey, men's lacrosse, men's rugby, men's soccer, men's ultimate disc, racquetball, tennis, triathletes, wake, women's lacrosse and women's ultimate disc.

The group exercise program offers students exciting aerobic activities for a small fee. Step aerobics, body sculpting, water aerobics, kickboxing, cardio kickboxing, mat pilates, yoga and other classes provide the students 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, Learn to Swim-Parent/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 who pay the recreational facility fee with a valid UNT ID. Current and retired faculty, staff and their families may purchase memberships. Memberships are also available to alumni. 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 for recreational use is also located in the Rec Center and offers Stairmasters, treadmills, selectorized weight machines, elliptical machines, free weights and exercise bikes.

The Waranch Tennis Complex, which opened in January of 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 more information concerning hours of operation, call the Member Services Desk at 940-369-8347 or the Recreational Sports Office at 940-565-2275, or visit the Recreational Sports' web site: www.unt.edu/recsports.

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. Contact information for campus religious organizations is available in the Student Activities Center, University Union, Suite 320, or call 940-565-3807.

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.

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 experience.

SGA is responsible for many services to students, such as apartment guides, metro-phone service, homecoming/spring elections and the Eagle Calls Student/Faculty/Staff Directory. Students may also benefit from Eagle's Nest, 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, Student Life Suite 320S; or visit the SGA web site at www.unt.edu/sga.

Student Success Programs

The University of North Texas is focused on the retention and overall success of our students. Through Student Success Programs, resources and services are provided to help students establish and attain their educational goals. Beginning with first-year students, the office serves as a central location to help students connect with their peers, faculty, staff and parents. These connections help guide and direct students throughout their educational experience at UNT and facilitate their success. Programs are designed with consideration to the particular needs and interests of each class of students and promote four-year graduation. For more information on Student Success Programs, stop by our office, located in the University Union, Suite 319, call 940-565-4373, or visit us on the web at www.unt.edu/ssp.

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.

The University Union

The University Union is the community center 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 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 a Sub Connection sandwich shop. Jazzman's is a gourmet coffee bar featuring Seattle's Best 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, TV viewing, graphics and reproductions 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, 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 Accommodation, UNT Bookstore, Dean of Students, U.S. Post Office, Multicultural Center, Student Volunteer Center and the Women's Center.

For further information, contact the Union at 940-565-3805 or 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 the web site at www.unt.edu/union.

University Program Council

The University Program Council (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 in the University Union. Call 940-565-3825 for information or visit www.unt.edu/union/upc_main.htm.

University Writing Lab

The University Writing Lab 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 a week, for 13 weeks during each long term. The lab is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the summer, the lab is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

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 more and better written composition by students at all levels. Students are encouraged to visit the Writing Lab in the Auditorium Building, Room 105, to discuss their writing issues.

Volunteer Center

The Volunteer Center offers programs and services designed to provide a link between those who want to serve and those who need assistance. The center serves as a clearing house and information resource to potential volunteers as well as agencies, organizations and campus departments that need volunteers. The Volunteer Center is located in the University Union, Suite 320. For more information call 940-565-3021.

Women's Center

The Women's Center offers programs, services and resources that enlighten, support and enhance the university community and serves as a central coordinating agency for campus and community organizations. The center also offers activities in observance of national projects such as Women's History Month, Clothesline Project, and Cancer Awareness Programs, as well as other programs that focus on gender issues. The center also provides a list of childcare facilities in the area. The center provides opportunities to the university that promote a broader understanding of the diverse experiences of women. The Women's Center is located in University Union, Suite 216B. Call 940-565-3527 for information.

Rehabilitation Services

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 provides certain educational auxiliary aids for eligible students who request reasonable accommodation. Students requesting accommodations due to disability should notify the Office of Disability Accommodation at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment.

For more information, contact the Office of Disability Accommodation, University Union, Room 321, or call 940-565-4323, TDD access: 940-565-2958 or 940-369-8652.

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