Helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey – A message from the president

Aug. 25, 2017


Dear UNT Community,

As we watch the news about Hurricane Harvey bearing down on Texas’ Gulf Coast, our thoughts are with the people likely to be affected.

Our university is a community of great compassion, and I know that we will support the impacted individuals in every way we can.

We have students from areas in the storm’s path who recently moved into our residence halls as well as other students from those areas who are starting the new academic year with classes on Monday. Please be flexible and responsive to what they may need both in and out of the classroom. And, keep everyone in our community who may have family and friends that are being directly impacted by the storm in your thoughts and kindness.

Should the storm be devastating, UNT will answer the call to help, as we have done in the past, by sheltering evacuees as needed. We also are ready to respond to the need for higher education from students at other universities who may be displaced as well.

We are coordinating with the American Red Cross to support efforts to meet the needs of individuals who may be impacted. More information about what kind of help is needed will become clear in the coming days and we will share specific information about what each of you can do.

If you have loved ones in the impacted area, you can keep up with the situation by visiting Texas Department of Public Safety situation reports, State Highway Conditions, the National Hurricane Center and the American Red Cross. We also encourage you to make a plan now for how you will stay in touch with your loved ones should telephone communication be compromised.

Please remember UNT’s counseling services for students can be reached by calling 940-565-2741 and the Dean of Students office is available at 940-565-2648. Faculty and staff can take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program by calling 800-343-3822.


UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk