All University of North Texas (UNT) buildings, space, and land belong to the university and are subject to assignment and reassignment to meet the overall needs and best interest of the institution. Long-range planning for optimum use of these university assets is a continuing process. The assignment and use of space must change with university priorities. This may include space currently and traditionally held by academic units. UNT strives to provide research space that is of sufficient size and functionality to support faculty members’ research as part of their professional workload, to train the next generation of researchers, and to support sponsored research projects, all vital missions for UNT. In particular, it is an expectation that faculty members conduct research as part of their professional activities and the university recognizes the need for individual investigator, multi-investigator, and shared research space to support these endeavors.
The University strives to provide appropriate support to all three parts of a faculty member’s role: teaching, research, and service. In many cases, that includes access to research space, but it does not guarantee exclusive access to a given space. The purpose of this policy is to provide governance to the process of assigning and assessing utilization of research space to align with UNT research missions and objectives.