(Editor's note Sept. 28: Here are frequently asked questions and answers about emergency response and security on the UNT campus, posted in conjunction with a message from President V. Lane Rawlins about a shooting incident at the University of Texas at Austin.)
Who responds to emergencies at UNT?
The first responders in most cases will be the UNT Police. They will assess the situation and call for additional assistance if needed. They may call on:
What is the role of UNT Police in emergency situations?
The UNT Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency. The department is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. Its primary concerns are the safety of all members of the university community and the protection of state and personal property.
All police officers are trained in responding to high-risk incidents and emergency response situations. Additionally, the department has a critical incident response team and a K-9 unit trained to detect explosives.
UNT is also supported as needed by tactical capabilities of other area agencies; including, Denton Police, Denton County Sheriff and the Texas Department of Public Safety among others.
What protective measures does the Department of Housing and Residence Life provide for the safety of residential students?
Security in residence halls is provided in a number of ways, including:
How can students on the campus report problems that require police aid or inform the UNT Police about emergency situations?
Students should dial 911 from their cell phone or any other phone on campus for an emergency. Additionally, there are more than 50 emergency telephones placed across the campus. When the talk button is activated, the caller can speak directly with a police dispatcher.
What is UNT’s policy regarding weapons on campus?
State law prohibits the possession of firearms in any building on the UNT campus. This prohibition includes those persons licensed to carry a concealed weapon. Violations of state law or university policies will result in immediate action, including arrest and prosecution, referral to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities and/or disciplinary action for faculty and staff. Possession of explosives is prohibited anywhere on campus.
Where can the university community and parents get accurate information and updates during an emergency?
Police and other emergency responders will need to devote full-time to taking care of the crisis situation. Therefore, during emergency situations at UNT, first priorities for the Division of University Relations Communications and Marketing will include activating the Eagle Alert system, establishing a communications center and providing updates.
What kinds of communication vehicles does the university have in place to respond to critical incidents?
UNT is aware that rapid and reliable communication with our constituents is necessary to manage crises and ensure business continuity. Accordingly, the university has many communication vehicles in place, which it uses as needed when communicating with our internal and external constituents.
What services are available for persons who need counseling?
UNT offers a wide range of counseling services to students (and others in the university community) who may be having problems with stress, concentration, grief and depression.
Students may seek help from the Counseling and Testing Center in Chestnut Hall, Suite 311. This service is free. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and may be reached by calling 940-565-2741. Learn more.
Faculty and staff may seek free counseling from the Employee Assistance Program at 800-343-3822.
In addition, UNT has created a network of professionals from across campus that are committed to a caring, confidential program of identification, intervention and response in order to provide our students with the greatest chance of success and our community with the greatest level of protection. These professionals are part of the Care Team which proactively checks on students who have shown signs of distress either in their academic work on personal lives to offer counseling services.