COVID-19 Update

April 3, 2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in the region continues to increase and Denton’s shelter-at-home restrictions are still in effect, the UNT campus will remain closed except to essential personnel that are needed to serve students who remain in residence halls and for critical business continuity. UNT will notify you when this status changes.


President Smatresk announced to our students on Thursday that a Pass/No Pass option will be available to undergraduate students for the Spring 2020 semester. Students will have the option of electing to receive a letter grade OR Pass/No Pass after viewing their grade for a course at the end of the semester through 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14. Grades given as Pass/No Pass will not count in a student’s GPA.

Learn more about the Pass/No Pass option, with guidance for students and guidance for faculty.


The Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation is excited to announce the launch of the new Coursera for UNT program. All students, faculty and staff members with an @unt.edu email have access to non-credit courses for FREE!

In addition, and starting today, you also have free access to more than 3,800 offerings from our partnering peer institutions – some of the best in the world – and our colleagues at Coursera. The non-UNT courses are available through September 2020. This provides faculty immediate access to supplemental (and accessible!) content as they search for high quality online resources for their UNT course.


Going above and beyond: Stories from UNT’s COVID-19 response

Chris Stoermer, senior IT support manager for Administrative IT Services, wants to give a shoutout to the Avesta dining room staff for their above-and-beyond effort in providing breakfast and lunch to essential personnel still working on campus every day. “The food is incredible, and they are always encouraging and supportive of the other jobs we are doing. I have really enjoyed the food and service. They deserve recognition.”

The dedicated Avesta crew includes the following Verde Catering managers, Union Kitchen culinary team members, retail managers and other Dining Services employees:

  • Courtney Angel
  • Tomas Arenas
  • Timothy Barclift
  • Taylor Battle
  • Steve Brice
  • Kalli Brooks
  • Rahmil Bustamante
  • Brandi Chank 
  • Shabrezka Castillo Jackson
  • Benito Gavirio
  • Christopher Green
  • Shelley McGinnis  
  • Zachary Miller
  • Jacquline Paule
  • Noel Pena
  • Deiontae Richardson 
  • Hayley Slocum
  • Keauna Smith
  • Mike Sood
  • Jessica Stafford 
  • Gillian Treta 
  • Federico Yoc

If you know of someone who is going above and beyond, please share their information with untpresident@unt.edu so we can give them a shoutout.


Don’t forget that healthalerts.unt.edu is updated frequently with new information about how we are working together through this global health crisis.


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