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Staff Senate Newsletter • July 3, 2020

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Required COVID-19 Safety Training

illustration of eagle wingspanTo ensure that all members of the UNT family are aware of, understand and abide by the safety precautions the university has established, all faculty and staff must complete the two-module COVID-19 Safety Training through It should be completed before returning to campus. The deadline to complete both modules of this training is July 31.

Note: For essential personnel and those who returned to campus earlier, the training should be completed as soon as possible.

Face Coverings

Effective June 25, 2020, face coverings (cloth face coverings, disposable masks, etc.) must be worn by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, tenants and visitors at all UNT System locations and campuses in the following areas:

  • Indoor public areas, except where marked, even if you are alone. This includes all classrooms, non-private offices and common spaces in residential facilities.
  • Outdoor spaces where six feet or more of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

For full details on the face covering requirement, visit the UNT System COVID-19 website.

COVID Questions?

Call the UNT COVID hotline at 1-844-366-5892 or send an email to

ERS summer enrollment text with image of sunset in the backgroundERS

The annual ERS benefits enrollment period for UNT is June 29 to July 11. During this time, you can make changes to your insurance. Changes will have an effective date of Sept. 1, 2020. If you do not need to make any changes to your insurance coverage, you do not have to do anything at all. Your coverages will continue as is for the new plan year.

The HR Benefits team has recorded a Summer Enrollment Presentation for employees to learn about what they can do during Summer Enrollment. The video includes helpful information about plan options and gives information on a few changes.

You can also find more information at the UNTS HR Summer Enrollment page. HR will be hosting open Q&A sessions during summer enrollment - check out the Q&A open enrollment schedule and mark your calendar to attend one!

Note: It is a good idea to check that your contact information is correct by creating or logging on to your ERS account

Staff Senate AHA 

At Home Academy logo with lightbulbJoin us July 15 at 3 p.m. for The Handwriting Workshop: Techniques for Improving Adult Penmanship. Register at

Visit the Staff Senate Staff Development Committee web page to access recordings and documents from some of their past presentations.

Staff Senate Committee Spotlight

We are highlighting the Staff Development Committee. The members of this committee worked hard this spring to transform our monthly Lunch and Learn events to the At Home Academy (AHA) online learning sessions and workshops. 

You can learn more about what the members of this committee work on throughout the year by visiting their Committee page.

2019-2020 members: Louise Dunn, Elizabeth Berry, Allyson Gardner, Emily Gautraud, Latrice Moore, Monique Scales, Justin Stewart and Megan Cunningham

UNT System COVID-19 Updates

As it relates to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, the University of North Texas System and its member institutions are committed to the well-being and safety of our students, faculty and staff. For more information, read UNT System COVID-19 updates

UNT COVID-19 Updates

Join Us at Our Next Meeting!

Meetings are open to all UNT staff members. The next meeting will be held via Zoom on July 14, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Important note for newly elected senators: This meeting will include orientation for new staff senators. Please plan to attend.

For meeting agendas, minutes and recordings, please visit the Agendas and Minutes page.

Contact Us!

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