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Frequently Asked Questions

Subpoena

What is a subpoena?

A subpoena is a legal document that may be issued in a criminal, civil (lawsuit) or administrative proceeding. Generally, however, subpoenas received by faculty members and staff employees are issued for civil proceedings. Most often, subpoenas are issued to require a component institution to produce documents.

A subpoena may be served once a lawsuit is filed (or on special occasion before a lawsuit is filed) in order to require an individual to give testimony at a deposition, hearing or trial, or to give documents or other tangible things to one of the parties in the lawsuit. The subpoena must meet several specific requirements before it is legally enforceable. An attorney in the Office of General Counsel will review the subpoena to determine whether it is enforceable and, if not, take the necessary steps to inform the person who issued the subpoena or the court. An employee can be sanctioned by the court in which the case is pending for failing to respond to a subpoena within the timeframe set out in the document.

FERPA

What constitutes directory information at University of North Texas?

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • University assigned e-mail address
  • University assigned Enterprise-wide User Identification Number (EUID)
  • Month, day, and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time)
  • Classification
  • Degrees, awards and honors received (including selection criteria)
  • Expected graduation date
  • Dissertation and thesis titles
  • Most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Photograph

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What constitutes directory information at University of North Texas Health Science Center?

  • Student’s full name
  • Address
  • University assigned e-mail address
  • University assigned Enterprise-wide User Identification Number (EUID)
  • Month, day and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status
    • Professional or graduate students
    • 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 sites for medical graduates and degree candidates

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What constitutes directory information at University of North Texas at Dallas?

  • Student’s full name
  • Address
  • University assigned e-mail address
  • University assigned Enterprise-wide User Identification Number (EUID)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment status
    • Undergraduate or graduate students
    • Full-time or part-time
  • Degrees, awards and honors received (including selection criteria)
  • Expected graduation date
  • Most recent previous school attended
  • Photograph

View more information regarding student records at UNT Dallas.

Miscellaneous

Can the Office of General Counsel provide me personal legal advice?

No. Attorneys in the Office of General Counsel cannot provide legal advice or representation to employees or students about legal issues of a personal nature, such as divorce, wills and landlord tenant issues. More information about Role and Scope.

What are the restrictions on political activity by University employees?

System and Institution employees are encouraged to fully and freely exercise their constitutional right to vote and to express their opinions regarding political candidates and issues. However, employees may not exercise these rights in a manner that suggests System or Institution endorsement of a cause or candidate. State law and Regents Rule 05.701.5 prohibit System and Institution employees from engaging in any political activity while on state time or utilizing state resources for any political activity. Employees also are prohibited from using official authority or influence or permitting the use of a program administered by the System, the System Administration, or an Institution to interfere with or affect the result of an election or nomination of a candidate or to achieve any other political purpose. It is also important to remember any communication with state or federal elected officials on behalf of an Institution or the System must first be coordinated through the Office of Government Relations. Click here to contact the Office of Government Relations.

For state law restrictions on political activities by state employees see Chapter 556 of the Texas Government Code. For more information on political campaign-related activities please see American Council on Education’s Political Campaign-Related Activities of and at Colleges and Universities (November 2007).

For guidance on whether a specific political activity is permitted, please contact the Office of General Counsel.