Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Dear UNT Community,

Following a helpful meeting with students who gathered outside the Hurley Administration Building recently, I want to state my unequivocal support for the queer and trans members of the UNT community. Offensive statements directed at these students by a student organization are abhorrent. It is unacceptable when people are hateful, or groups go out of their way to bully or demean marginalized populations. There is no place for this behavior on our campus.

Very soon, I will help facilitate a meeting between members of the trans community, representatives from the UNT Police Department, and members of the UNT administration. In addition, a listening session for all students and a Town Hall on First Amendment rights and Title IX will occur prior to the end of the spring semester. We are focused on learning from recent experiences and events that have impacted our community.

Neal Smatresk
UNT President