The University of North Texas (UNT) was the first public institution in the state of Texas to implement a policy in support of Open Access. The UNT Faculty Senate voted overwhelmingly to support the policy on March 9, 2011, and the policy was approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on February 1, 2012. The UNT Faculty Senate unanimously approved a revision to the policy on November 8, 2017, and the revised policy went into effect on March 27, 2018. See the current version.
The policy designates UNT Scholarly Works as the archive of record for the products of research and scholarly endeavor at the university. It recognizes the university’s responsibility to the larger society and encourages faculty to make their work publicly available to ensure the public trust in the university’s activities, and to increase access and visibility for their work.
Whitney Johnson-Freeman, UNT's Repository Librarian for Scholarly Works, is currently designated to act on behalf of the provost under the policy. If a UNT community member requires a waiver from the policy, they can request one by submitting the Open Access Policy Waiver Form. Note that the policy is preempted by any conflicting terms in a publisher agreement that a UNT community member signs, so there is no need to request a waiver in order to sign a publisher agreement.
The University of North Texas is a proud member of the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions, which brings together representatives of North American universities with Open Access policies.