Thursday, March 4, 2021

Dear UNT faculty and staff,

With the promise of widespread vaccinations and the positive effects of our proven COVID-19 safety measures, I am confident that our Mean Green Family can look to the Fall 2021 semester with renewed hope and optimism, and begin planning a robust in-person campus experience for our students.

Much work is underway to prepare us as we move toward a successful fall - complete with the full spectrum of in-person, on-campus classes and labs and all of the exciting and engaging campus events that will bring us all together again. We will offer the robust mix of in-person and online courses our students have traditionally enjoyed. It's time to start preparing ourselves and encouraging our students to make their plans now. The full schedule of summer and fall classes will be available March 15, with registration beginning March 22. As we get closer to the start of next fall, you will see our university calendar become more populated with much anticipated events and activities.

Our optimistic planning is possible because our safety measures have helped keep our campus community safe while having a positive impact on our campus operations. As we finish up the spring semester and move into the summer months, I encourage each of you to continue to do your part to keep our community as safe as possible. It is incredibly important for each of us to continue to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash our hands often.

As we continue planning, the health and safety of our community will remain a top priority. Our UNT leadership team and I remain committed to continuing to monitor the COVID-19 trends in our region and state. I am especially proud that we have been a leader in the state across higher education for keeping our students safe, while still finding ways to provide them with a high-quality education that will help them succeed long after they leave us. We will continue to keep you updated along the way.

I know I am not alone in looking forward to brighter days ahead. I am excited to see each of you on our campus in the coming months when we reclaim the full, rich campus experiences we share with our students that we've all been so dearly missing.

UNT Proud,

Neal Smatresk

UNT President