Supporting UNT students

Dec. 1, 2016

Dear UNT community,

This afternoon, a group of our students gathered to voice their support for designating UNT as a “sanctuary campus.” I want you all to know that I am listening to the concerns raised and hear the anxieties of those speaking out.

Our university is first and foremost a community that cares about its students, and I will do everything in my power to preserve UNT’s supportive environment. We are planning to hold a Town Hall in January so our students can ask questions and engage directly with me and others. I want to make sure that we are meeting their needs and supporting them in ways that help them pursue their dreams.

In the meantime, please know that UNT already provides many of the things the students are requesting: free counseling and legal services, training on cultural issues, financial assistance and housing opportunities, and perhaps most importantly a commitment to providing an environment free of discrimination.

It is too early to speculate on what will happen in the future, but as we move forward together, you can rest assured that your safety and security is paramount, and UNT will continue to be an advocate for and a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion. For more than 125 years our university has been a welcoming place, and the values that have shaped our history will continue to guide us in the future.


Neal Smatresk

UNT President