Live Responsibly

Campus and community support and resources

SMU's main concern is for the safety, health and well-being of our campus community. When sexual misconduct occurs, it is critical that students obtain medical care and contact police as soon as possible. To support students, SMU offers resources including confidential counseling and assistance with criminal and internal grievance options. These resources are listed here, as well as information about sexual misconduct education and prevention.

Important campus phone numbers

Community resources

Confidential counseling services

Confidential, ongoing counseling with professionals who can provide specialized support is available at SMU's Counseling Services, 214-768-2277.

Pastoral counselors at the Chaplainís Office also are available to provide confidential support; call 214-768-4502.

Education and prevention

Educational and prevention programs on sexual misconduct are coordinated and provided by the SMU Counseling Services, the Assistant Director for Health Education and the Women & LGBT Center. These include:

  • During Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation Week (AARO), new and transfer students and parents receive information about sexual misconduct and its prevention, as well as campus resources that support students.
  • A program for new and transfer students during the first week of the fall term provides information about sexual misconduct prevention; campus resources that support students; how to report sexual misconduct; and respect and communication in relationships.
  • All sections of the fall and spring Wellness courses, which are required for every student before graduation, include lectures and information on respect and healthy relationships; what to do if sexual misconduct occurs; and campus and community resources that support students.
  • Campus programs include Take Back the Night in October, a march and candlelight vigil to raise awareness of sexual misconduct; Sexual Assault Awareness Week in April, which features speakers and films; and programs with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.
  • SMU Counseling Services and the Women & LGBT Center also provide education and prevention programs to classes, residence halls and Greek organizations upon request. Call 214-768-4792.

Campus security

SMU Police patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and coordinate actions with neighboring agencies. Emergency blue-light phones across campus connect directly to SMU Police.

SMU Police provide crime prevention education and self-defense training to student groups, and are available upon request; 214-768-3333.

SMU urges students to call for a security escort. Giddy-Up offers free rides on campus from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the fall and spring terms; call 214-768-1111. SMU Police can provide campus rides when Giddy-Up is not available; call 214-768-3333.

SMU Rides provides service 24 hours a day with an SMU ID; the full cost of the ride is charged to the riderís SMU account; call 214-768-7433.

Crime reports

SMU issues crime alerts by campus email if it is determined that an alleged perpetrator may pose a continuing threat.

Information about crimes may be reported anonymously through the SMU Police Silent Witness Program by calling 214-SMU-2TIP or online.

SMUís Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, also posted online, includes reported crimes for the previous three years.



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