Staying Safe at the University of North Texas

UNT’s number one priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. That’s why we have a nationally accredited police force that patrols campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in both marked and unmarked vehicles, on bicycle and on foot. We want you to be aware, but we don’t want you to be afraid.

  • A police escort service is available for people on campus during the hours of darkness when the bus system is not operating. To arrange an escort, call (940) 565-3014.
  • The Mean Green Night Rider is available in the Fall and Spring semesters between 5:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. Read more about the Mean Green Night Rider route and schedule at http://transportation.unt.edu/transit/maps-routes/mean-green.
  • The e-ride service is the on-demand escort service available on campus for after-hours transportation. Read more about e-ride late night transportation at http://transportation.unt.edu/e-ride.
  • UNT, DCTA and Lyft have recently partnered to offer free late-night car rides for students on campus between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Read more about this late-night option at  https://www.dcta.net/service-overview/demand-services/unt/lyft.

In addition to the resources above, UNT has hosted new programs in recent years directed at raising awareness of sexual misconduct issues and preventing sexual misconduct. UNT has gone to great lengths to increase awareness of crime victim and sexual assault survivor resources on campus and has increased the educational materials and programs available to the UNT community. For example, UNT has implemented Green Dot bystander awareness training and a campus committee chaired by the Survivor Advocate.

  • Committee on the Education & Prevention of Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence
    • The community is invited to attend the Committee on the Education & Prevention of Sexual Assault & Intimate Partner Violence monthly meetings. To be added to the email list, please email SurvivorAdvocate@unt.edu.
  • Green Dot
    • Green Dot is a national program which focuses on the productive power of bystanders, those of us who witness power-based violence between others. Green Dot’s goal is to prepare faculty, staff and students to implement a strategy of violence prevention that reduces power-based personal violence, which includes sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, and bullying.
    • To request a bystander training or overview talk for your department, student organization or other group, please contact the Dean of Student’s office at 940-565-2648 or at SurvivorAdvocate@unt.edu.
  • Eagle Watch
    • Eagle Watch is a bystander intervention program that strives to encourage students to take positive and safe steps to intervene when they witness problematic behaviors or situations on or off campus.
    • To request Eagles Watch bystander training, please contact the Meadows Center for Health Resources at 940-565-2787.
  • It’s On Us
    • It’s On Us is a national movement to end sexual assault which launched in September 2014, following recommendations from the White House Task Force that noted the importance of engaging everyone in the conversation to end sexual violence. The campaign works with 95 partners and students on over 500 campuses. Close to 300,000 people have taken the pledge to create a culture of consent, bystander intervention and survivor support. Learn more about this organization at https://www.itsonus.org/.
    • UNT hosts weekly events educating students on It’s On Us, and partner with the Student Government Association to enhance participation in the movement.
  • White Ribbon Campaign
    • The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls. UNT is engaging Athletics in this campaign.
  • One Love
    • One Love is an organization whose aim is to ensure that everyone understands the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy relationship.
    • The Dean of Students Office is partnering with One Love to host Escalation workshops in the residence halls. The Escalation Workshop is a film-based workshop that raises awareness of the warning signs of relationship violence.

The University of North Texas is committed to providing a safe environment for all community members. Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual coercion, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, and stalking are prohibited. You can learn more about UNT’s policies prohibiting sexual misconduct at https://deanofstudents.unt.edu/sexual-misconduct.

Members of the UNT community can report sexual misconduct at https://deanofstudents.unt.edu/sexual-misconduct/reporting-sexual-misconduct.

We encourage survivors of sexual assault to contact UNT’s Survivor Advocate, Esther Oppong. Her job is to connect student survivors to resources (counseling, health, safety, academics, etc.) and act as their advocate. She can be reached at Esther.Oppong@unt.edu or 940-565-2648.

If you have serious concerns about your safety, please talk with a Resident Assistant, a member of the Dean of Students office (940) 565-2648 or the police department (940) 565-3000.

Other campus resources for information and counseling include:

  • UNT Police: (940) 565-3000
  • Dean of Students: (940) 565-2648
  • Housing: (940) 565-4844 or (940) 565-2610
  • Counseling and Testing Center: (940) 565-2741