Promoting UNT’s ethical reputation and reporting issues — An Official Notice from the President

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Dear UNT faculty and staff,

UNT’s caring nature is a trait that differentiates us from other universities and is reflected in the ethical and honest ways in which we interact with our students, the public, and each other. Every member of our Mean Green Family plays a part in ensuring UNT conducts its business in an ethical manner. Guidance for ethical decision making can be found in UNT’s online course on Ethics and Standards of Conduct, which as a reminder, must be completed by April 2, 2021.

One of the most important ways you can help UNT remain an ethical institution is to report possible instances of unethical or illegal misconduct. If you have information suggestive of fraudulent, wasteful, or abusive activities involving any university faculty member, employee, student, or other affiliate, you should report it as soon as possible. Examples of reportable issues include conflicts of interest, discrimination, fraud, misuse of university resources or information, NCAA violations, theft, or violations of safety rules or environmental laws.

We encourage you to first discuss any concerns with your supervisor or manager. If you do not feel comfortable discussing your concerns directly with your supervisor, you can make a report through the UNT Trust Line.

The UNT Trust Line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, through an independent third-party vendor, EthicsPoint. Reports made online or via telephone at 1-877-606-9187 can be anonymous. All reports submitted through the UNT Trust Line will be reviewed by University Compliance and Ethics and, as appropriate, investigated by the university.

UNT does not tolerate retaliatory action taken toward any person who, in good faith, reports, seeks guidance regarding compliance concerns, or participates in a compliance-related investigation.

UNT works to cultivate an environment where open, honest communication is the expectation. If you have questions regarding the operation of the UNT Trust Line, please contact the Office of University Compliance and Ethics at compliance@unt.edu or 940-565-4142.

Thank you for the service you provide to UNT, our students, and our community.

UNT proud,
Neal Smatresk
UNT President