General Tips for Residents Personal Safety
Residents should keep their rooms and bathroom doors locked at all times, including when they are in their rooms and when they leave, even for short periods of time.
- Peepholes should be used before opening the doors to visitors.
- Residents should get to know the other residents of their wing so that they are familiar with the people who normally pass through it.
- Residents should report suspicious behavior to the front desk staff and/or to the UNT Police at 940-565-3003 but should never confront a suspicious individual.
- When on campus during evening or early morning hours, students should walk with a friend or utilize campus transportation services. UNT shuttle schedules and E-ride after hours information is available at http://www.unt.edu/transit/transportation.html.
- Residents must not engage in dangerous behavior that could result in injury to persons or property. (e.g., running, skateboarding, roughhousing, or throwing objects within the residence halls)
- Residents may not engage in activity that has the potential to cause harm, injury or damage to another student, their room or their possessions, including acts perceived as “pranks” against other students.
Housing’s alcohol policy is consistent with the UNT Alcohol Policy and is designed to ensure resident safety and help maintain individual rights to privacy, sleep, and study within the residence halls. Residence hall staff and occupants are required to comply with state and local laws concerning the possession, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Residents who fail to comply with Housing’s alcohol policy will be subject to disciplinary or remedial action by the University. If it is brought to the attention of the University that a resident has engaged in behavior in violation of Housing or UNT policies related to the consumption of alcohol, the resident will be subject to disciplinary action, even if the behavior occurred off campus. Violations of the alcohol policy within the residence halls that involve the UNT Police Department or other law enforcement agencies can result in criminal action.
Hall staff may confiscate and/or dispose of alcohol that is possessed in violation of the alcohol policy. Alcohol will not be served or permitted at residence hall functions.
Residents Under the age of 21
Residents under the age of 21 may never possess, consume, or be in the presence of alcohol while in the residence halls, regardless of the time, place, or occasion. Empty alcoholic beverage containers, even for decorative purposes, are prohibited in the rooms of residents under the age of 21.
Residents 21 or Older
Residents who are 21 or older may possess or consume alcohol in their rooms with the following restrictions.
- Residents who are 21 or over may never consume alcohol in the presence of a person under the age of 21, regardless of the time, place, or occasion. Residents may not provide alcohol to, or allow alcohol to be consumed by, individuals under the age of 21
- In a resident room where one resident is 21 or older and his/her roommate is under the age of 21, alcohol can be possessed by the older student in the room, but the older student and/or their guests may not have any open alcoholiccontainers, nor consume alcohol when any person under the age of 21 (including the roommate) is present.
- Resident room doors must remain closed while alcohol is visible or is being consumed in the room.
- Residents may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages in hallways, lounges, courtyards, community bathrooms, parking lots, balconies, stairways, or any other public areas within the residence halls. All alcohol that is transported through public areas must be unopened and packaged inconspicuously (e.g., carried in a bag or sack).
- Residents must not participate in drinking habits which are hazardous to the health or education of an individual or those around them.
- Residents may not possess excessive amounts of alcohol. Kegs, trash cans, or other large vessels containing alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the residence halls.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be sold or distributed in the residence halls.
Administrative Inspections and Searches
In order to protect and maintain the property of the university and the health and safety of the university’s students, the university reserves the right to enter and/or search student residence hall rooms in the interest of preserving a safe and orderly living and learning environment. When University personnel or contracted service providers enter a student room in the absence of the residents, residents will be provided written notification of the reason for the entry. Items discovered during an administrative room inspection or search that may violate university policy or present a threat to the health and safety of the university community may be confiscated or disposed of. More details regarding administrative inspection and search may be found in the UNT “Administrative Entry and Searches of University Residence Halls” policy.
Designated university officials are authorized to enter a residence hall room unaccompanied by a resident to conduct room inspections under the following conditions:
- To perform reasonable custodial, maintenance, and repair services.
- To conduct monthly safety checks.
- To recover university property.
- To inspect for damage to university property or cleanliness.
- In case of emergency.
A designated university official may enter and search residence hall rooms upon proper approval and with or without the consent of a resident if the official has a reasonable suspicion that the premises are being used for a purpose that violates university policy or regulation, including the Code of Student Conduct or Housing policy.
Residents may not harm or threaten to harm another individual. Any physical altercation and/or verbal threat should be reported immediately to the University Police at 940-565-3000, as well as to the hall’s front desk staff, Resident Assistant, or Hall Director.
Use or possession of illegal drugs, the misuse of any legal drug or other legal substance, or the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited on the University campus and in all of its buildings.
Residents may not engage in threats of violence or property damage made with the specific intent to harass or intimidate the victim whether face-to-face, by social media, in writing, by telephone or any other means of communication. If a resident believes he or she has been a victim of such abuse, he or she should report it to residence hall staff or the UNT Police immediately. The resident is advised to keep documentation (e.g., a log of the calls, saved texts or voicemails, print outs of the correspondence) for reporting purposes.
Any resident who believes he or she has been the victim of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, disabled veteran status, Veterans of the Vietnam Era status, or sexual orientation should report it to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 940-565-2711.
Residents may not engage in “hazing” anywhere on campus, including in the residence halls. Hazing is defined by Texas law as “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in an organization whose members are or include students of the university.
Any individual who believes a resident may be missing should contact a Housing staff member, Student Affairs staff (including the Dean of Students office), the UNT Police at 940-565-3000, or the Office of Equal Opportunity Title IX Coordinator at 940-565-2759 as soon as possible. UNT staff will attempt to locate any student reported missing, and will take measures including calling the individual listed as the student’s Confidential Contact. The full UNT policy on Notification Regarding Missing Students can be found here.
Sexual Assault/Sexual Violence
Allegations of sexual assault are considered extremely serious and will be dealt with immediately. Investigations of this type of offense may include Housing, the Dean of Students office, and the UNT Police Department. Students are encouraged to report any knowledge of such offenses immediately.
Any resident who believes he or she has been the victim of sexual assault or sexual violence should report it to the Office of Equal Opportunity Title IX Coordinator at 940-565-2759, the Dean of Students Office at 940-565-2648, or by calling the UNT Police Department at 940-565-3000.
University policy restricts the use or possession of weapons on campus and in the residence halls, including but not limited to rifles, shotguns, hand-guns, Airsoft guns, CO2 guns, BB guns, air rifles and pistols, bows and arrows, non-culinary knives with a blade longer than 5 ½ inches, daggers, swords, spears, brass knuckles, nunchucks, or ammunition. The UNT Police Department allows students to carry pepper spray within the residence halls for personal protection purposes.
Starting Aug. 1, 2016, Senate Bill 11, also called "Campus Carry" went in to effect allowing licensed holders to carry a concealed handgun on public university campuses, including the University of North Texas. The UNT campus carry policy, including the components related to Campus Housing, can be found at http://campuscarry.unt.edu/.
Students who are aware of the presence of a weapon in a residence hall are expected to report the weapon immediately to hall staff.
With the exception of service animals, fish are the only animals permitted in residence hall student rooms. Service animals that reside in a residence hall must be registered with the Office of Disability Accommodation. Non-service animals, including mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, turtles, arachnids, crustaceans, and amphibians are prohibited. Aquariums must be unplugged during semester breaks. Full-time live-in staff (Hall Directors and Assistant Hall Directors) are permitted to have pets with the approval of the Director of Housing. Residents with concerns about any animals living in their building should bring those concerns to their Hall Director.
Suite and Private Bathrooms
In suite or private bathrooms, where a room or pair of rooms have an adjoining bathroom, residents are responsible for the regular cleaning of the bathroom and for supplying toilet paper. Guests may only use the adjoining suite or room bathroom if they are of the same sex as the residents. Guests of the opposite sex must use the guest bathrooms located near the lobby area of the hall.
Community bathrooms are shared by residents of a wing or floor and are for the use of the residents of that hall only. Custodians stock community bathrooms with toilet paper and clean them each weekday. Residents are not permitted in the bathrooms during cleaning times. Residents are expected to keep the bathroom neat and clean and should not damage the facilities or the products put there for their convenience. Vandalism or excess trash in a bathroom may result in temporary closure.
Guest bathrooms are located near the lobby area of the hall.
Health and Sanitation
Rooms should be kept reasonably clean. Residence hall staff may ask residents to clean their rooms if the lack of cleanliness causes a community disruption or subjects others to health risks.