- Displacement of academic community
Faculty, staff, students, and administrators from the academic community have been intricately involved in discussions regarding the Union Master Plan. Members of the faculty from departments in the affected halls have been active representatives on the Master Plan Committee since the project began. The University and the members of the committee are dedicated to doing this with minimal disruption to any academic programs. The University Master Plan does call for the demolition of Scoular and Stovall Halls. This plan was established in 2005, prior to the beginning of the Union plans.
The Provost, deans of the colleges, and UNT administrators are now working to finalize the long term plans for these programs. Please know that the students’ needs and program advancement are the upmost priority. These groups will continue to communicate with students and a student forum for these programs will be planned soon.
- Construction Time and Operations
A conservative estimate for construction time for the renovation and expansion of the Union is approximately 24 months. During this time all programs and services that were housed in the Union, including food, entertainment, student affairs offices, and retailers will continue to operate in nearby locations that will be convenient to students. No student jobs would be lost during this time. The current plan schedules construction to begin June 2013 with an opening date around June 2015. As soon as locations are finalized a map and listing will be made available to students.
- Fee Increase
A survey of students conducted in 2007 indicated that the majority of students were comfortable with an increase of between $110-$125 per semester for a renovated and expanded Union. The referendum would call for an increase of no more than $115 per semester. Over a four year period that comes to around $1.33 per day.
The Union fee covers many different things, including operations, programming and entertainment, student services, meeting spaces, and the maintenance on the facility. Every cent of that goes to enrich the lives of students on campus in some capacity.
The committee is sensitive to the financial hardships of students, and as one of the largest student employers on campus we offer many benefits for our student employees. With a renovated and expanded Union, more student jobs would be created, offering opportunities for UNT students to help ease their financial burden.