COVID-19 Update

March 19, 2020

Today, UNT students are receiving emails from President Smatresk and their school or college with details about courses and any services and resources specific to their major. Specifically, faculty are reaching out by email or via Canvas Inbox to explain any changes in the student’s course(s). 

Students will be responsible for making sure they complete the work required to complete the semester. While classes are being shifted online, there are limited cases where in-person instruction will continue. In those cases, there will be specific measures to account for student and faculty safety using social distancing. If students have a class that requires equipment or software only available at UNT, instructors will provide guidance.

Thank you to our dedicated faculty and staff who have worked tirelessly this past week to create these plans. For those not directly involved with teaching and learning, please know that your work during this time is also greatly appreciated. Everyone contributes to the mission of the university in their own way.


Join us virtually on Instagram at 7:23 p.m. Friday as we Light the Tower Green to honor the athletes, cheer, dance and other students who will not be able to complete their seasons this year because of the COVID-19 shutdown. Do NOT come to the tower, as we are observing the social distancing guidelines, but please do join us online. And for the rest of the academic year, we will be lighting the tower green as a symbol of our Mean Green Family standing strong together as we all isolate. #UNTProud


UNT officials have received reports of reduced service levels with some online platforms such as Zoom as more organizations worldwide reduce in-person meetings, instruction, etc. Since the issue is not with university-delivered services, there is very little that can be done to remedy the issue. However, alternate ways of conducting meetings and classes is always a consideration, and information will be relayed as it becomes available.

Vendors are adjusting their capacity to meet global demand, but home Internet services may also experience congestion due to increased demand. We expect demand to level off as people adjust to working from home.


UNT Police would like the campus community to know that police services will not be reduced. An online reporting option is available athttps://police.unt.edu/reportcrime. Community members can also make a report or speak to an officer by telephone by calling 940-565-3003. All emergencies should continue to be reported by calling 911.


Helpful information:

For Faculty: 

10 Tips to Engage Students Online: https://online.unt.edu/engage_studentsoonline

For Students:

8 Tips for Succeeding in your Online Class: https://online.unt.edu/succeeding_in_your_online_classes


Please remember to check healthalerts.unt.edu frequently for important updates regarding how we are working together during this global health crisis.