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With the recent changes to our environment with COVID-19, payroll checks will no longer be available for pick up on the UNT campus. Beginning April 1, 2020 and going forward any paper payroll checks will be mailed to your current mailing address on file. We encourage all employees to log into my.untsytem.edu and update your mailing address (under Personal Information) to ensure that your payroll check is mailed to the correct address.

If you are not interested in having your payroll check mailed to your home address and would prefer another method of payment we would encourage you to sign up for Direct Deposit or the Brinks Skylight Money Card to receive your payroll funds.

Benefits of Direct Deposit and Brinks Skylight Money Card

  • Avoid check cashing fees.
  • No paper to lose or damage.
  • Reducing paper waste is better for the environment.
  • Avoid a trip to the bank or ATM.
  • Direct deposit funds are available immediately on pay day.
  • Paychecks are deposited even if the employee is out of the office on payday.
  • Paychecks get deposited even in the case of severe weather
  • Direct deposit reduces the risk of identity theft.

What is Brinks Skylight Money Card and how does it work?

  • The payroll card is a physical MasterCard-branded card.
  • Each payday the employees pay will be deposited onto the card.
  • The card can be presented to a teller at any MasterCard Member Bank to receive up to 100% of your available balance.

Interested in signing up for Direct Deposit?

  1. Enroll in Duo multifactor authentication online at https://mfa.untsystem.edu.
  2. For questions or assistance for Duo, please contact your local department's IT support group, or the UNT System Service Desk at 940-565-4357 or ITHelp@untsystem.edu.
  3. Once securely enrolled, you will be able to update your direct deposit information at my.untsystem.edu.
  4. Once logged into my.untsystem.edu, click on "Payroll & Compensation" and then click on "Direct Deposit".
  5. Sign-in through Duo.
  6. Once completed, click "Add Account" and add banking information.
  7. Under "Deposit Type" you will want to put (Balance of Net Pay) (this option allows 100% of your check to go into your account) or list the amount or percent if you choose to split your payroll check into two accounts 
  8. Under "Deposit Order" it will be automatically filled with 999; please leave this setting as is
  9. Click "Save" once you have reviewed all of your information.

Interested in signing up for Brinks Skylight Money Card?

  1. Enroll in Duo multifactor authentication online at https://mfa.untsystem.edu.
  2. For questions or assistance for Duo, please contact your local department's IT support group, or the UNT System Service Desk at 940-565-4357 or ITHelp@untsystem.edu.
  3. Once securely enrolled, please email UNT System Payroll at payroll@untsystem.edu.
  4. Once we receive your email we will contact you about Brinks Skylight Money Card.

You can participate in the UNT World Well-Being offerings without using leave or your lunch break. UNT World’s new well-being program is about creating a culture of caring for our employees. We care about our employees’ physical, interpersonal and financial well-being and so we are highlighting and facilitating the many well-being related benefits that we and our partners (like ERS, Blue Cross Blue Shield and our retirement vendors TIAA, Voya, AIG and Fidelity) can provide. These opportunities may include health assessments, financial fitness workshops, interpersonal health workshops and many other HR-offered activities that will help you deal with stress, improve health and plan towards retirement.

These opportunities are for you, the employee, from us––your employer. You can attend these activities and trainings during your work day with supervisor approval. Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees to attend whenever possible. We hope you’ll join us as we build a better UNT World for all employees by participating in the UNT World Well-Being program “In the Green.” Come to a financial workshop, health assessment, session about well-being benefits or activity that helps you be a healthier and happier employee. These benefits are for you!


What’s it going to cost me?

One of the first questions that come to mind when we learn we need a medical procedure is how much will it cost.  As a participant in the HealthSelectSM plans you have a resource to help you find the answer. By logging into Blue Access for MembersSM, your online benefits portal, you can search Provider Finder to get estimates and compare costs for different providers.

Provider Finder also allows you to research specific procedures and their estimated costs at in-network providers.

By using Provider Finder, you’ll be able to:

  • compare costs for in-network providers and procedures,
  • compare quality ratings for those providers,
  • estimate out-of-pocket costs,
  • consider your treatment options and
  • save money and make the best use of your health care benefits.

To enroll:

Log in to Blue Access for Members and under "Quick Links."

Choose "Fitness Program." Here you can enroll, search for nearby fitness locations and learn more about the program.

Click "Enroll Now." 

Search and choose the fitness location that is best for you.

Or, you can enroll by calling (888) 762-BLUE (2583), Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT (6 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT).
After signing up, employees and enrolled family members can visit any participating fitness locations.

We are excited to announce that we are replacing our current Learning Management System (LMS), the Learning Portal, with UNT World Learning. The UNT World Learning platform will allow you to see required training assignments, register for face-to-face courses, and complete LinkedIn Learning training and/or other online courses.

Your training in UNT World Learning is easily tracked and displayed in a user-friendly dashboard format. In addition, UNT World Learning will allow users to participate in online training from their mobile devices. You can familiarize yourself with UNT World Learning through an optional course called “UNT World Learning Overview.”

UNT World Learning is now active and can be accessed through the employee portal or at: https://untworldlearning.untsystem.edu/. Should you need any training reports from the previous LMS (the Learning Portal), or if you have questions about UNT World Learning, please feel free to email us at ODE@untsystem.edu.

Important Reminder for HealthSelect of Texas® plans reset on January 1, 2020

Deductibles, coinsurance and total out-of-pocket maximums for HealthSelect of Texas® plans reset on January 1, 2020.

The coinsurance out-of-pocket maximum is the most you’ll pay in coinsurance during the year for certain health care services. The total out-of-pocket maximum is the most you’ll pay during the calendar year in coinsurance and copays for covered in-network health care services and prescription drugs. After you meet this limit, the plan will pay 100% of the allowed amount for in-network covered services. If you pay premiums for dependent coverage, those are not included in the out-of-pocket maximum amount.

Keep in mind, there are new total out-of-pocket maximums for the 2020 plan year. The 2020 total out-of-pocket maximums are $6,750 for individuals and $13,500 for families. For additional benefit details on your specific medical plan, refer to the Medical Benefits Guide.

If you’d like a refresher on more health care terms, visit this glossary of health care terms. You can also find more information by reading the Insurance 101: Understanding Your Medical Plan article. For questions, contact Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT.

If you signed up to receive your Form W-2 electronically, it is now available online for downloading at my.untsystem.edu.

Please follow the steps below to view and print your W-2.

  1. Go to the Employee Self-Service portal: my.untsystem.edu
  2. Login by entering your EUID and password.
  3. Click on the Human Resources tab.
  4. Under Payroll and Compensation: Click on View W-2 Forms
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen and complete the additional sign-on security measures when prompted.

Note: Make sure pop-up blockers are turned off. If your W-2 does not appear in the screen after the selection, hold the ALT key down while clicking on Year End Form. This will temporarily remove any pop-up blocks on your machine.

If you have not consented to receive your Form W-2 electronically, a paper Form W-2 will be mailed by Jan. 31, 2020.

Questions? E-mail payroll@untsystem.edu or call 940-369-5500/Toll-Free: 855-868-4357.

New state legislation has been passed related to sexual misconduct that impacts every UNT employee. Senate Bill 212 requires employees of public and private higher education institutions to report sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking against a student or employee to the institution’s Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Employees have always been required by UNT Policy to report instances of sexual misconduct, but this policy requirement is now a state law. Most importantly, as of Jan. 1, 2020, the law requires the university to terminate any employee (including tenured faculty members) who is found to have failed to satisfy the mandatory reporting requirement. Additionally, failure to report sexual misconduct is a misdemeanor criminal offense.

Sexual misconduct is a violation of university policy and is inconsistent with the caring, creative community we value at UNT. The entire UNT community should understand the law, as it is currently interpreted. More information about the law may be found here.

All types of misconduct can be reported at report.unt.edu or via email at TitleIX@unt.edu. Contact information for Title IX Coordinators can be found online, along with additional information on sexual misconduct. They can be contacted to file a report or to answer questions regarding reporting requirements.

In an effort to better inform the University community of the requirements of the law, UNT’s Title IX Coordinator, Eve Shatteen Bell, is hosting two training sessions regarding Senate Bill 212. The training dates are Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Gateway Center, Suite 131 and Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Gateway Center, Suite 132. In addition, training is also available on Bridge at https://unt.bridgeapp.com/.

Questions regarding Senate Bill 212 or the scheduled training sessions may be directed to 940-565-2759 or OEO@unt.edu. Please note that these training sessions are limited to UNT faculty and staff.

Please plan for a significant IT service outage beginning on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., while critical updates are made to the ITSS Central Data Center. All impacted services will be restored and available for use by noon on Sunday, Jan. 19. Note that this outage will affect students, faculty and staff at UNT, UNT Dallas, UNT Health Science Center and UNT System Administration. Most major systems will be down during this period, including phone, email, web sites, HR systems, financial systems, and student recruitment and academic systems.

A life insurance policy provides a payment in the event of your death that can help protect your family's lifestyle in the absence of your earning power. "Many people have financial goals they are trying to meet with hard-earned income—such as paying off a mortgage, putting a child through college or supporting an elderly parent. Life insurance can help support your family goals," says Tom Ewanich, a vice president and actuary at Fidelity Investments Life Insurance Company.

Here's how it works:

When you purchase a life insurance policy, you’re buying a contract with the issuing insurance company. The issuing insurance company guarantees, subject to the insurance company's claims-paying ability, that upon your death it will pay your beneficiaries a preset amount that is typically free from income taxes. Your beneficiaries receive the payment directly from the insurance company, so the funds arrive without the delays and expenses associated with the probate process that governs assets passed down via a will. And because the probate process is often made public, life insurance may also provide your family a non-financial benefit: privacy. However, depending on the size of your estate, benefits from a life insurance policy may be subject to estate tax.

Does UNT System Offer Employees Life Insurance Coverage?

Yes! Benefits-eligible employees will automatically receive a $5,000 basic life insurance policy when they enroll in the medical plan. Employees can elect additional optional life insurance coverage up to 4 times their base annual salary, to a maximum of $400,000, whichever is less. Employees can elect coverage during Annual Open Enrollment in July or when they experience a mid-year Qualifying Life Event.

https://www.fidelity.com/viewpoints/wealth-management/things-to-know-about-life

https://www.ers.texas.gov/Life-Insurance

Chancellor Lesa Roe’s next UNT World Town Hall will be held on December 12 at 9 a.m. in Room 109-11 of the MET Building at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth (address below). This very special Town Hall will not only feature a moderated discussion with Chancellor Roe, but also discussion with all three UNT World presidents – Bob Mong (UNT Dallas), Neal Smatresk (UNT) and Michael Williams (UNTHSC).

UNT World Town Halls are held each quarter to keep you informed and to provide an opportunity to ask the Chancellor and other key UNT System leaders work-related questions.

As always, UNT World faculty and staff from all institutions are welcome to attend the Chancellor’s town halls in-person, pending supervisor approval. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the town hall discussion will be live streamed and archived on the UNT System web site for those that cannot attend in person.

Full details of this open event for UNT World team members are as follows:

  • WHAT:Quarterly UNT World Town Hall with Chancellor Lesa Roe
  • WHEN:Thursday, December 12 at 9 a.m.
  • LIVE STREAM:The Town Hall will be streamed live at www.livestream.com/unthsc under the label “Chancellor’s Town Hall Dec. 2019." The video will also be available on the UNT System web site once the town hall concludes.

 Faculty and staff with work-related questions for Chancellor Roe and/or Presidents Mong, Smatresk and Williams, may email those items in advance to communications@untsystem.edu Questions will also be taken on site during the town hall.

WOW!: UNT Dallas' Dr. Monica Williams honored as Women of Wisdom

Dr. Monica Williams, Vice President for Advancement and President & CEO of the UNT Dallas Foundation, last month was honored by Elite News at its Women of Wisdom Sixth Annual Gala. "An accomplished fundraiser and passionate advocate for the underrepresented, Dr. Williams has devoted the majority of her career to social services and the advancement of underserved communities by raising money to support an array of worthy causes," Elite News wrote.

UNT Dallas Holds Criminal Justice Career Expo

A cold, damp day didn't stop more than 1,100 high school and college students from the surrounding area, and even as far away as Brownsville, from attending the Fourth Annual Criminal Justice Career Expo on Friday, Oct. 25. The expo is the largest of its kind in North Texas, and allows for criminal-justice-minded students to engage directly with the men and women who work in the professions they hope to pursue. Students from Dallas ISD, Forney, Ennis, Waxahachie, Red Oak, Cedar Hill and more, plus from Dallas County Community College District and Tarrant County College engaged with representatives from more than 50 local, state and federal criminal justice agencies. For the first time, we able to hold this growing event in Campus Hall at the Student Center. 
Check out coverage from Fox 4 news.

UNT Celebrates Opening of New $70-Million College of Visual Arts and Design

The expanded and renovated four-story College of Visual Arts and Design building provides a world-class space for the college’s unique resources and award-winning programs in art education, art history, design and studio arts.

The open concept of the College of Visual Arts and Design’s 238,000-square-foot building inspires creativity and encourages people to stay, sit and collaborate. Sky bridges and wide hallways offer plenty of light and space for pop-up exhibitions. Floor to ceiling windows bring the outdoors inside and reveal the creative work happening in classrooms.

“We’ve worked to design a building that functions around creativity and collaboration,” said Greg Watts, dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. “We wanted a very porous structure that would encourage everyone from our UNT and Denton communities, and beyond, to be curious. And, in turn, have the opportunity to see what we do – to witness our practice.”
Click here to read more.

UNTHSC GME Coordinator Helps Young Doctors in Residencies

When Aurea Baez-Martinez and her husband arrived in the United States with their daughter in January 2017, they had nothing but each other, a few clothes and a couple of toys for the little girl.

It was a big move for a family that had spent their entire lives in Puerto Rico, but a life-changing opportunity awaited Baez-Martinez at UNT Health Science Center, and she couldn’t pass it up.

Four days after arriving, Baez-Martinez started her new job as a Graduate Medical Education Program Coordinator with the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. She now serves as the GME Coordinator at Medical City Weatherford, where she helps young doctors in residencies cope with this phase of their medical education.
Click here to read more.