Creating a safe, caring culture for our students - An Official Notice from the President

Feb. 1, 2018

Dear UNT community,

Cultivating a safe, caring campus community is a priority for all of us at UNT. We work tirelessly to create and modify programming dedicated to the UNT community’s safety and overall well-being. As we continue to build and improve our services, we wanted to take a closer look at the current campus environment to understand where we were doing well and where we could improve, specifically related to issues of sexual misconduct.

In an effort to gather information, UNT joined the Cultivating Safe College Campuses Consortium last year and launched a campuswide Assessment of Sexual Assault Perspectives (ASAP) survey. The consortium is a partnership between eight universities and five organizations focused on establishing a consistent, effective response to sexual assault on university campuses.

Based on survey results, we have begun implementing new programming to address areas we feel need improvement, and we will survey the community again in Fall 2018 to measure the impact of our efforts. It is our hope to become a community free from incidences of sexual misconduct and our first step begins with education. The eradication of sexual misconduct and violence requires each member of the UNT family to act. One way we are working to encourage that in our culture is to introduce Green Dot, a training program that empowers bystanders to act. Green Dot training for faculty, staff and students is available from the Dean of Students Office and equips bystanders with intervention tactics to help reduce violence in our community.

UNT has dedicated resources to support those impacted by sexual misconduct, including the UNT Police Department, the Survivor Advocates, the Respondent Advisors, the Dean of Students Office, Counseling and Testing Services and the Title IX Coordinator.

I am proud to be a part of this incredibly diverse, vibrant and caring community. If sexual misconduct or sexual violence affects one of us, it affects us all. I hope you will join me in ensuring it has no place among us.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk