The Soaring Integrity Award acknowledges staff members who work to “treat others the way they want to be treated” for the betterment of the UNT community. This employee models exceptional ethical behavior through thoughts, words, and deeds. They value honesty and transparency, express gratitude for others, respect differences, take responsibility for actions, and demonstrate trustworthiness. This award is earned by one who courageously leads by example regardless of if anyone sees it.
Up to one recipient may receive a one-time payment of $1,000 and a commemorative engraved gift, which is presented during the Staff Appreciation Luncheon during Staff Appreciation Month.


  • The staff member must be in a UNT retirement-eligible staff position for at least six consecutive months.
  • The staff member must hold a position lower than the level of Associate/Assistant Vice President.
  • The staff member may not have received any formal disciplinary action or performance improvement plan within the twelve months prior to the nomination date.
  • The staff member may not have received the award within the previous 4 years.


  • Models exceptional standards and acts in the best interest of the UNT community in everyday efforts. Some ideas include:
  1. Completes all required training and encourages others to do the same.
  2. Reviews university policies prior to making decisions in daily activities.
  3. Keeping the best interest of the UNT community in mind and in action.
  • Demonstrates situational integrity. Some ideas of what this may look like include:
  1. Speaking up when something doesn't look right.
  2. Sharing with others where they can report.
  3. Being willing to participate in investigations, compliance matters, or just helping with awareness.
  • Is accountable for all actions, decisions, and behaviors, and is okay with holding others accountable.