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Catalog 2013 - 2014

Policies Pertaining to Students

General Administrative Policies

This catalog contains official academic and administrative regulations. General policies that apply to all programs are in this section of the catalog; specific policies for each program are in the respective sections of this catalog. Academic policies and scholastic regulations also are presented in other official Health Science Center documents and specific program publications. Each student enrolled at UNT Health Science Center is responsible for knowing current academic policies and scholastic regulations, general and specific requirements, and operational policies that apply to registration and instruction. Please refer to the policies website at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/PoliciesList.cfm.

The Health Science Center reserves the right to amend or add to the academic policies and scholastic regulations at any time, provided that such changes or additions are intended to improve the quality of education and are introduced in a fair and deliberate manner with appropriate notice provided to all students affected by the changes.

ID Cards

Identification cards are issued after new student orientation. These must be worn at all times while the student is on campus or, if applicable, on preceptorships, internships, and clinical rotations or any other practical experience performed as a member of the UNTHSC community. The ID card is void upon termination or interruption of enrollment and when not properly encoded. Fraudulent use of an ID card subjects the user to a fine of $2,000 and up to one year in jail (Class A Misdemeanor). Anyone who uses the ID card to give false information to a police officer is subject to a fine of $2,000 (Class C Misdemeanor). Replacement ID cards may be purchased. Please contact the Police Department for more information. A lost or stolen card should be reported to Police immediately. To report a lost or stolen ID card, call the Police Department at 817-738-2210.

Course and Instructor Evaluations

University of North Texas Health Science Center faculty and administrators rely on student input to maintain and enhance the quality of the curricula in each of the schools on campus. Students are responsible for providing constructive evaluations of each course in which they are enrolled, as well as the course instructor(s).

Daily curriculum comments entered while a course is in session (formative evaluations) are immediately available to faculty and administrators. Numerical summaries of end-of-course evaluations (summative evaluations) are published and available to faculty, administrators and students one week after the completion of the course.

Curriculum comments and course evaluations are regularly viewed by faculty and administrators. Students may also view course summative evaluations.

During each course, students may choose to provide written comments about the organization, presentation, interaction, pace and workload, tests, and support available. At the end of the course, students may be asked to complete a course evaluation. When a course has multiple instructors, students are encouraged to evaluate only instructors whose presentations they clearly remember.

Evaluations for all clinical rotations and practical experiences must be completed within 30 calendar days following the end of the experience.

Immunizations

The Health Science Center requires all students to comply with immunization and health screening requirements in order to protect the campus community, including patients who students have direct contact, from illness and disease.

The Health Science Center will establish immunization requirements for each academic program based on requirements of the Texas Department of Health Services and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control. A student's failure to comply will result in an academic hold on the student's account.

Students will be given written notice of all vaccination and health screening requirements prior to initial enrollment. The notice will reference the opportunity for students to claim an exemption from vaccination requirements and the importance of consulting a physician about the need for immunization to prevent disease.

Bacterial Meningitis - Prior to enrollment, all entering students must provide either a certificate signed by a health practitioner or an official immunization record to Student Health Services evidencing the student's bacterial meningitis vaccination dose or booster in accordance with regulations of the Texas Department of Health Services. Documentation must confirm the date of the vaccination no later than 10 days before the first day of the semester or term in which the student initially enrolls unless the student is granted an extension as provided for in regulations of the Texas Department of Health Services. See the Immunizations and Health Screenings policy at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm for exclusions.

Vaccinations required by the Texas Department of Health Services - A student enrolled in courses which will involve direct patient contact with potential exposure to blood or bodily fluids must provide evidence of compliance with all immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health Services to the Office of Student Health Services prior to engaging in any activities involving direct patient contact as described above. A student may be provisionally enrolled in a course if the student has received at least one dose of each vaccine specified by the Texas Department of Health Services prior to enrollment and goes on to complete each vaccination series on schedule. Provisionally enrolled students may not participate in coursework or activities involving direct patient contact as described until the full vaccination series is completed.

TB - A student must submit to annual TB testing screening upon enrollment according to program specific requirements.

Exclusions - Students may request an exclusion from immunization in the manner described below. Students who are excluded from immunization requirements upon request based on medical contraindications or reasons of conscience will be prohibited from engaging in direct patient contact with potential exposure to blood or bodily fluids in order to protect the patients from illness or disease. An excluded student will also not be eligible to participate in any volunteer, or paid experience as a representative of UNTHSC if the experience involves contact with human patients, human research subjects, human fluids, or human tissues. See the Immunizations and Health Screenings policy at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm for exclusions.

Student Health Insurance

It is compulsory for all students to carry medical and hospitalization insurance while enrolled at the Health Science Center. Proof of insurance in the form of insurance documents showing minimum coverage amounts must be provided by the census date of each term of enrollment. Insurance coverage must remain in effect throughout the duration of enrollment. Although insurance may be purchased from any insurance carrier, a group student health insurance plan is offered by a non-university-affiliated carrier for enrolled students. Application forms are available in the Office of Student Affairs. For policy information, visit www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/PoliciesList.cfm. For information on minimum coverage standards visit www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/studentaffairs/studenthealth/default.cfm.

Liability: Personal Property on Campus

The Health Science Center is not responsible for and does not assume any liability for loss or damage of personal property. Students may want to purchase personal insurance coverage for their possessions on campus.

Student Rights and Consumer Rights

The institution will consider the impact of a caregiver's personal cultural values, ethics and religious beliefs as related to all services provided. However, in no instance will the mission of the institution be compromised. In accordance with applicable laws, treatment and care of our consumers will be provided to persons in need without regard to disability, race, creed, color, age, gender, religion or national origin. For the complete policy as it pertains to students of the Health Science Center, please visit the policy website at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 USC § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99)  grants students in institutions of higher education the right of access to their educational records with the exception of confidential letters and statements of recommendation that the student has waived the right to inspect.  Before disclosing any personally identifiable information, except directory information, the health science center must obtain written consent from the student unless the disclosure is allowed by law. 

Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act consider certain information to be “directory information,” which is subject to disclosure without prior consent from the student.  Directory information relating to students includes the following:

  • Name
  • Address
  • University assigned e-mail address
  • University assigned Enterprise-wide User Identification Number (EUID) so long as the EUID cannot be used to gain access to the student's education records except when used in conjunction with another factor to authenticate the student's identity
  • Month, day, and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status (e.g., professional or graduate; full-time or part-time)
  • Degrees, awards and honors received (including selection criteria)
  • Expected graduation date
  • Most recent previous school attended
  • Photograph
  • Thesis and dissertation titles
  • Academic Advisor (including student’s major professor)
  • Postgraduate training site for medical graduates and degree candidates

Currently enrolled students wishing to withhold any or all directory information may do so by submitting a written request in the Office of the Registrar prior to the 12th class day in the fall and spring terms or equivalent dates during the summer sessions. A request to withhold directory information may be submitted after the stated deadline for a term or session, but information may be released between the deadline and receipt of the request. Directory information of a student who has requested withholding of directory information will remain excluded until the student submits a subsequent written request to release directory information.

Withhold Directory Information Form

 Education Records

An education record is any record maintained by the University or agency or party acting for the University from which a student can be personally identified. Records may be in any form and include, but not limited to: written documents, computer media, video or audio tape, photographs, microfilm, microfiche, and electronic files.

Education records do not include:

  • Sole possession records (a record kept by a faculty or staff member if it is kept in the sole possession of the maker of the record and is not accessible or revealed to any other)
  • Law enforcement records
  • Employment records
  • Medical records
  • Alumni records
  • Grades on peer-graded papers before they are collected and recorded by an instructor

Student Right to Inspect and Review Records

With limited exception, students have the right to inspect and review their education records. Students who wish to review their education records should contact the Office of the Registrar.  The Office of the Registrar or an appropriate University staff person will make the needed arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.  The university will comply with all student requests to review and inspect records within 45 days from the date the request was received.  Students requesting access to the education records may be asked to verify their identity at the time of the request with a government-issued photo identification.  Students seeking access either electronically or by telephone will be asked for items of specific individual relevance in order to verify the student’s identity.  A parent of a dependent child requesting access to their child’s education record will be asked to verify both their identity and their claim of the student as a dependent for tax purposes.

Student Right to Request Amendment of Education Records

UNTHSC students have a right to request amendment to their educational records if the student believes that the information contained in the education record is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s right of privacy.  The university will review requests to amend an education record and will issue a determination within a reasonable time after receiving the request.

If the university determines that an education record will not be amended the university will inform the student of the decision and of the student’s right to a hearing in accordance with this policy.  Requests for a hearing to challenge the contents of an education record must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Affairs.  The request must identify the contested items in the education record and must specify the basis for the claim that the record is inaccurate, misleading or a violation of the privacy rights of the student. At the requested hearing the student will be given a full and fair opportunity to present evidence, and may, at their own expense be assisted or represented by one or more other individuals, including an attorney. If the university determines that the education record is not inaccurate, misleading or a violation of the student’s privacy, the student may place a statement in their education record commenting on the contested content and/or stating the basis for disagreement with the university’s decision. The university will amend any education record that is determined to be inaccurate, misleading or a violation of the student’s privacy rights, and inform the student of the amendment in writing.  The right to amend or correct an education record does not apply to routine grade appeals.

Student’s Right to Consent to Disclosure of Education Records

Except in limited circumstances, UNTHSC will not will not release personally identifiable information from a student’s education record without signed, dated, written consent from the student.  A student’s consent to disclose an education record to a third party must specifically identify the education record for which consent is granted, the purpose for the disclosure, and the identity of the person or entity to which the education record is to be disclosed.

Disclosure of Education Records as Permitted without a Student’s Consent

The university may disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education record without the consent of the student to the following:

  • UNTHSC may release a student’s education record to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent).A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. 
  • UNTHSC may release a student’s education record to a student’s parent/guardian when: (1) the student is a dependent of the parent for tax purposes as evidenced by appropriate documentation, including the parent’s most recent tax return or a student financial aid application; (2) when a health or safety emergency necessitates the disclosure to protect the health or safety of the student or another individual; (3) when the student is under 21 years of age at the time of the disclosure and the student has violated a Federal, State or local law or any rule or policy of the university governing the use of possession of alcohol or a controlled substance and the university has found the student in violation of the Code of Student Conduct based on the infraction.
  • Disclosure to another school to which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
  • Disclosure to certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller general, the Attorney General of the United States, state and local education authorities, and certain state or federally supported education programs.
  • Disclosure in connection with a student’s request for or receipt of financial aid, as necessary to determine the eligibility, amount or conditions of the financial aid, or to enforce the terms or conditions of the aid.
  • Disclosure pursuant to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
  • Disclosure to organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the university.
  • Disclosure to accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
  • Disclosure to appropriate parties, including a parent, law enforcement, or emergency personnel, in connection with a health or safety emergency.
  • Disclosure to victims of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, limited only to the final results of a disciplinary proceeding conducted by the university with respect to the alleged crime regardless of whether the university concluded a violation occurred.
  • Disclosure to any member of the public in matters relating to sex offenders and information provided to the university under relevant Federal law.

Student’s Right to Report Violations of FERPA

Students also have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the health science center to comply with the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: 

The United States Department of Education
Family Policy Compliance Office
400 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC  20202-4605

UNT Health Science Center FERPA Policy

The UNT Health Science Centers FERPA policy statement appears in its entirety in the UNTHSC Policy Manual.  To link directly to UNTHSC's FERPA policy please click here: http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/PoliciesList.cfm. Then click on 07: Student Affairs, Education and Funding, then General and Student Affairs, then locate 7.113 Student Policy- FERPA policy. Questions concerning FERPA should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Student Conduct

The Health Science Center's primary concern is the student. It attempts to provide an environment that is conducive to academic endeavor, social growth, and individual self-discipline for all students. Enrollment at the Health Science Center is considered implicit acceptance of the rules, regulations, and guidelines governing student behavior promulgated by the institution, and the student is responsible for being aware of these requirements. In addition, all students are expected to know and obey the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws. Any student who violates a provision of those laws is subject to disciplinary action, including expulsion, notwithstanding any action taken by civil authorities because of the violation. The Health Science Center reaffirms to each student the privilege of exercising the student's rights of citizenship under the Constitution of the United States. Special care is taken to ensure due process and to identify the defined routes of appeal when students feel their rights have been violated. For complete policy information, consult the Student Code of Conduct at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Respect for Diversity

The Nondiscrimination/Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy affirms the requirement for every member of the UNTHSC community to comply with existing federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. The Health Science Center is committed to the philosophy of a multicultural environment. The institution prohibits harassment based on race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, veteran status or lifestyle. The UNTHSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status. In addition, the UNTHSC declares harassment that is based on individual differences (including sexual orientation) to be inconsistent with its mission and educational goals. The increasing diversity of the UNTHSC community is one of the institution's greatest strengths. Differences of race, religion, age, gender, culture, physical ability, language, nationality, and lifestyle make it a microcosm of the nation as a whole, reflecting the values of our pluralistic society. As an educational institution, the Health Science Center is committed to advancing the ideas of the human worth and dignity by teaching respect for human beliefs and values and encouraging open discussions. Hatred, prejudice or harassment of any kind is inconsistent with the center's educational purpose. The Health Science Center is strongly committed to the ethical principle that every member of the community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. As a community of scholars, the health science center also is dedicated to maintaining a learning environment that is nurturing, fosters respect, and encourages growth among cultures and individuals represented here. Individuals who work, study, live, and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behaviors that threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination can pursue a concern or a complaint through the confidential ethics hotline at 877-606-9187 or through the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at 817-735-2000.

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the University of North Texas Health Science Center that acts of sexual harassment toward guests of and visitors to the campus or any member of the health science center community including faculty, staff, students and candidates for positions at the health science center (regardless of the individual's gender) will not be tolerated. All members of the administration, faculty, staff and students will be subject to disciplinary action for violation of this policy. Members of the public doing business with the health science center who violate this policy may be subject to sanctions.

Conduct constituting sexual harassment toward another person of the same or opposite sex is prohibited by this policy. For more information, visit the policy website at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Since 1972, the UNTHSC has welcomed students with disabilities, providing the Center for Academic Performance (CAP) as a central referral agency when accommodations are necessary because of specific documented limitations. The UNTHSC is committed to providing equal educational access for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with state and federal laws including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To provide equality of access for students with disabilities, accommodations and auxiliary aids and services will be provided to the extent necessary to comply with state and federal law.

Services provided by the CAP include:

  1. Holds student disability documentation which admitted students provide as part of a request for academic accommodation;
  2. Provides accommodation information to other Health Science Center offices to coordinate academic accommodations (interpreter, CART, scribe, taped information, typist, etc.);
  3. Assists students with scheduling and class access concerns;
  4. Provides appropriate registration assistance;
  5. Provides reader/scribe and adaptive equipment access for academic test situations;
  6. Provides liaison between students and agencies or department interpreters, note takers, tutors and other auxiliary aids;
  7. Coordinates adaptive equipment access for in-class use;
  8. Acts as consultant in on-campus situations which constitute an accommodation challenge;
  9. Works with individual students and professors or academic advisors regarding accommodation needs; and
  10. Provides assistance with access to facilities.

For information regarding applying for services please contact the CAP at cap@unthsc.edu. For more information on the American with Disabilities policy, visit the policy website at www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Policies and Crime Reporting Procedures

Individuals should immediately report alleged criminal actions (including sex offenses) or emergencies that occur on or off-campus of the Health Science Center through any of the following means:

For Emergencies:

  • Dial 2600 on campus (this identifies your location on campus  - dialing 911 DOES NOT identify your location on campus);
  • Call the UNTHSC Police Department (PD) from any emergency telephone located throughout the campus;
  • Individuals with hearing impairments should dial 800-RELAY TX (TTY).

Emergencies include any crime in progress, medical emergencies, a strange car repeatedly driving in the same area of campus, an intoxicated person, a safety hazard, or any situation that you believe to be suspicious or dangerous.

For Non-Emergencies:

  • Call the UNTHSC Police at (817) 735-2210 or personally visit the UNTHSC Police Department at 3600 Mattison Avenue;
  • Use one of the marked emergency telephones located throughout the campus;
  • Contact an officer in uniform on patrol;
  • Request that any campus official assist with reporting the alleged crime;
  • TTY callers: 800-RELAY TX.

You are encouraged to report alleged crimes by using the above means; however, there are campus officials to whom you may also report a crime who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. These officials include all deans, directors, department chairs, and administrators at the vice presidential level or higher. 

The UNTHSC PD will review reports of alleged criminal activity and will send an officer immediately or refer the report for subsequent investigation, depending upon the nature and seriousness of the offense involved. Individuals reporting an alleged crime should attempt to preserve evidence that might prove the crime was committed. All criminal incidents are investigated by UNTHSC PD.

UNTHSC PD response(s) include, but are not limited to:

  • Immediate response to emergencies through dispatch of one or more officers;
  • Investigation of reports in accordance with UNTHSC PD procedures;
  • Arrest and filing of charges, depending upon the circumstances of the incident;
  • Referring alleged offenders to appropriate campus agencies, such as the Office of Student Affairs; and
  • Making timely warning and reports of crimes that represent a continuing threat to students, faculty and staff.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires institutions of higher education in the United States to disclose campus security information including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding areas.

The Annual Crime Security Awareness Report of the UNT Health Science Center is available in the Student Affairs Office and the University Police Department.  Information for the Health Science Center crime statistics is available on the Campus Police website: http://www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/police/statistics.html. Additionally, campus crime logs are available for review at the University Police Department.

Substance Abuse & Self Reporting

The Health Science Center does not condone the abuse of alcohol or illegal drugs. Its administrative policies, in accordance with Texas state law, provide the penalty of up to and including suspension or dismissal for any student who abuses alcohol or uses illegal drugs on property owned or affiliated with the Health Science Center.

However, the Health Science Center recognizes that students may develop substance abuse problems that can be treated successfully before critical incidents occur (e.g., arrests, usage on campus property, or intoxication in the classroom or health professions setting). Therefore, the Health Science Center encourages students who have developed substance abuse problems to voluntarily identify themselves and to seek immediate treatment. Complete listings of all UNTHSC policies related to substance use or abuse can be found at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/PoliciesList.cfm.

CARE Team and Involuntary Student Medical Withdrawal

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is committed to providing an educational environment that is conducive for students to develop their fullest potential. On rare occasions the University may be required to activate a systematic response to students who may be in crisis or whose mental, emotional or psychological health condition may directly threaten the safety of the educational environment. The CARE Team will provide a confidential program of identification, intervention and response in order to provide students with the greatest chance for success and the University community with the greatest level of protection.

This policy does not replace any academic based withdrawal or dismissal policies or any Student Code of Conduct & Discipline procedures to address student disciplinary issues. For more information regarding this policy, visit http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

HIV Infection and AIDS

The Health Science Center recognizes that personnel/students with HIV infections may wish to continue in their normal work/academic activities. Such individuals may continue in their normal activities so long as their physical condition allows them to do so. Self-reporting of infectious diseases except as required by law, is not mandatory, but is encouraged. A designated infectious disease physician will make determinations of fitness on a case-by-case basis. For more information regarding this policy, please visit http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm

Free Speech and Public Assembly on Campus Grounds

The University of North Texas Health Science Center recognizes that the freedom of expression and public assembly are fundamental rights of all persons and are essential components of the educational process. Such activities promote debate and the sharing of ideas, which are the foundation of educational institutions. For more information regarding this policy, visit http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Absence for Religious Holidays

In accordance with state law, students absent due to the observance of a religious holiday may take examinations or complete assignments scheduled for the day missed within a reasonable time after the absence. For more information regarding this policy, visit http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Hazing

Hazing is a criminal act under the state law of Texas. By definition, “hazing” is 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 UNTHSC students.

Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • Any type of physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, electronic shocking, placing a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity.
  • Any type of physical activity that subjects a student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of a student, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space or calisthenics.
  • Any activity involving consumption of alcoholic beverages, liquor, drugs, food, liquid, or any other substance that exposes a student to unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of a student.
  • Any activity that intimidates or threatens a student with ostracism or that subjects the students to extreme mental stress, shame or humiliation that adversely affects the mental dignity of the student or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered at UNTHSC, or that may reasonably be expected to cause the student to leave the organization or UNTHSC rather than submit to hazing whether the act is committed in person or communicated by other media including social networking.
  • Any activity that induces, causes, or requires a student to perform a duty or task that requires commission of an illegal act.

Hazing occurs regardless of whether the act is committed on or off the university campus and regardless of whether the student victim may have consented to or acquiesced in the activity.

A person engages in hazing not only by directly engaging in hazing activity, but also by soliciting, directing, encouraging, directing, aiding, or attempting to aid another in hazing; or by recklessly allowing hazing to occur; or by knowingly failing to report firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident is planned or has occurred; any person reporting a specific hazing incident involving a student to the Office of Student Affairs or other appropriate university official is immune from civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred as a result of the report.

Students may be prosecuted for committing an act of hazing or for failing to report first-hand knowledge of hazing. Incidents or planned incidents of hazing must be reported to any one of the following:

 Office of Student Affairs – (817) 735-2505

 UNTHSC Police Department – (817) 735-2210

 UNTHSC Ethics Hotline – 1-877-606-9187 

Organizations can also be prosecuted for committed acts of hazing, by condoning or encouraging hazing, or if an officer or any combination of members, pledges, or alumni of the organization commit or assist in the commission of hazing. State law specifically extends the definition of “organization” to include “a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, club, or service, social, or similar group whose members are primarily students at an educational institution.”

Organizations found to have committed an act of hazing may be fined. Individuals found guilty of hazing can be fined and sentenced to jail. Additionally, the university may discipline a student, to include permanent expulsion, and may also discipline an organization, including permanently removing the organization from campus.

Over the past three years, no organizations have been disciplined for hazing.

For further information about hazing, please contact the Office of Student Affairs, Carl E.Everett EAD 2nd Floor, or (817) 735-2505, or the Student Code of Conduct & Discipline at http://www.hsc.unt.edu/departments/studentaffairs/.

Student Employment

For information regarding policies related to student employment, visit http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Travel

It is the policy of the university to promote safety and to encourage students to engage in safe conduct when traveling to and from university activities or events. Accordingly, in addition to encouraging students to use good judgment, the university has adopted this policy and authorized the university Office of Facilities Management to approve rules designed to encourage safe behavior on the part of students presently enrolled at the university.

This policy applies to all UNTHSC students who travel to an activity or event that is organized and sponsored by the university when:

  • the activity or event is located more than 25 miles from the campus from which travel originates; and
  • the travel is:
    1. required by a student organization properly registered at the university; or
    2. funded by and requires use of a vehicle owned or leased by the university.

For purposes of this policy, an activity or event is organized and sponsored by the university when it has been planned, funded and properly approved by the appropriate university official.


For more information regarding this policy, visit http://www.hsc.unt.edu/policies/policieslist.cfm.

Gang Free Zones

Premises owned, rented or leased by the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and areas within 1,000 feet of the premises are "gang-free" zones. Certain criminal offenses, including those involving gang-related crimes, will be enhanced to the next highest category of offense if committed in a gang-free zone by an individual 17 years or older. See Texas Penal Code, Section 71.028.

Acceptable Electronic Communications

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) provides various electronic communication resources for the purpose of conducting business in support of UNTHSC’s organizational mission. UNTHSC is the legal owner and operator of all electronic communication resources purchased or leased with UNTHSC funds. All electronic records are the property of UNTHSC, not of the individuals creating, maintaining, sending or receiving such data or information. Each person granted access to UNTHSC electronic communication resources and electronic records is responsible for appropriate use as stated within this policy as well as adherence to all applicable federal, state and local laws. UNTHSC reserves the
right at any time to limit, restrict or deny access to its electronic communication resources and records, as well as to take disciplinary and/or legal action against anyone who is in violation of this policy or applicable laws.

This page last modified March 25, 2013