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Library Resources for Dean of Students University Initiatives

This guide provides library books and resources that support the University Initiatives of the Dean of Students Office.


The University of North Texas is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual assault and has a number of avenues to report sexual assault as well policies (i.e. 16.005 Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct, Including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Coercion, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking, Failure to Report and Retaliation) in place to protect students, staff, and faculty.

The Dean of Students and Survivor Advocates connect students who have been impacted by violence to resources (counseling, health, safety, academics, legal, etc.), and act as their advocate. They can assist a student by filing protective orders, completing crime victim’s compensation applications, contacting professors for absences related to an assault, working with housing to facilitate a room change (if needed), and connecting students to the many other resources that are available, both on and off campus. They are here to help.

The UNT Survivor Advocates can be reached by emailing or calling 940-565-2648. If there is an emergency, please call the police at 911 or the Denton County Friends of the Family 24-hour crisis line at 940-382-7273.

Additional Contacts include:

  • Dean of Students (940-565-2648) 
  • Title IX Coordinator (940-565-2759)
  • UNT Police (940-565-3000)
  • Denton Police (940-349-8181)


The Dean of Student defines sexual violence as 

  • Sexual assault is the intentional or knowing penetration, no matter how slight, of the sex organ or anus with any body part or object, or oral sex, without consent of the complainant. The term sexual assault also may be referred to as rape.

  • Sexual exploitation is taking non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for another’s own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the person being exploited, including but not limited to, non-consensual video or audio-taping of sexual activity or undetected viewing of another’s sexual activity.

  • Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature including but not limited to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexual violence and other verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

  • Sexual violence is any physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol or other disability, including age. Sexual violence includes but is not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery or sexual coercion.

  • Sexual coercion is the use of manipulation or threat to force someone to have sex.

What is consent and sexual assault?

  • Consent means words or actions that show an active, knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Consent cannot be gained by force, coercion, manipulation, threats, or by taking advantage of the incapacitation of another when the individual knows or reasonably should know of such incapacity by use of alcohol or drugs. Consent is absent when the activity in question exceeds the scope of previously given consent, or the person is unconscious or otherwise unaware that the prohibited conduct is occurring. Consent may be revoked at any time. 

  • Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to use of drugs/alcohol or an intellectual disability. Sexual violence can occur between friends, classmates, spouses, romantic interests, acquaintances or strangers. Examples of sexual violence include rape, sexual assault, sexual battery and sexual coercion.

  • Sexual assault is the intentional or knowing penetration, no matter how slight, of the sex organ or anus with any body part or object, or oral sex, without consent of the complainant. The term sexual assault also may be referred to as rape.

What to Do if You Are Assaulted?

If you have been assaulted, take these immediate steps:

  • Ensure your safety.

  • Seek immediate medical attention.

    • possibly from a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program trains caregivers to offer compassionate care to victims of sexual violence who go to emergency departments and urgent care centers with a SANE program. The SANEs provide the expert forensic and medical treatment needed to increase successful prosecutions of sex offenders and to assure essential medical intervention to victims of violence. Denton County Friends of the Family is a community-based SANE initiative dispatches SANEs and advocates to area hospitals when a patient reports sexual assault

  • Preserve all physical evidence.

  • Go to a safe place and call someone you can trust.

  • Go to the nearest emergency department or call 911.

  • Do not change clothes, but bring a change of clothes to the emergency facility.

  • Do not shower, bathe or douche.

  • Do not brush hair or teeth.

  • If possible, do not eat, drink or go to the bathroom.

  • Do not smoke.

Who Can Help You?

  • The Dean of Students and Survivor Advocate provide connect students with resources available and provide support through the reporting process, including getting academic accommodations and community support centers..

  • Counseling and Testing provides counseling services to victims. The Counseling and Testing Center includes sexual violence in their list of domestic violence topics. 

  • UNT Student Legal Services can assist with criminal law suits against attackers. 

  • UNT Police

  • UNT Faculty and Staff are mandatory reporters to the Dean of Students. 


UNT Awareness Events and Educational Programs


Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual national program organized by the National sexual Violence Resources Center. 

The UNT Dean of Students Office, their Survivor Advocates, SGA, and Denton Friends of the Family partner together  to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month through educational and social activities including:

The UNT Libraries help by attending these events, making library event pages, and bringing awareness to the collections that discuss sexual violence.

Collection Highlights

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