Sunday, April 18, 2021

Dear UNT Community,

As you may have read in the overnight UNT Police Crime Alert, we had an incident on campus involving some of our students, and I would like to share what we know at this time.

Early Sunday morning, UNT Police responded to a report of an aggravated assault in the 1000 block of Maple Street that allegedly involved an altercation between members of a university fraternity and a group of unknown individuals. Our officers are investigating, but they believe this was an isolated incident and that there is no ongoing threat to our campus community. However, it will take some time to interview witnesses and determine exactly what occurred.  

Although we do not yet know how many individuals were involved, the situation escalated and resulted in gunfire, and two UNT students were wounded during the confrontation. One student was treated and released from a local hospital, but the second student is still being treated for more serious injuries. His family is with him, and we have been in contact with them to offer our support.

Counseling services are available for students, faculty and staff. Students can reach out to UNT's Counseling and Testing Services at 940-565-2741 or Faculty and staff can access UNT System's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which offers free counseling (including same-day sessions if in crisis) to active and retired employees, as well as members of their household. The EAP can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-343-3822. To access benefits online, visit and enter AWP-UNT-384 when prompted for a code. You can learn more about our EAP at:

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact UNT Police at 940-369-TIPS (8477).

This is a tragic situation within our community that should never have occurred. Please remember the student who remains in the hospital, as well as all those impacted.


Neal Smatresk

UNT President