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 SMU’s Office of Violence Prevention & Support Services, 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.
  • Incoming students take a comprehensive online course about sexual misconduct. In addition, a program for new 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 information on respect and healthy relationships; what to do if sexual misconduct occurs; and campus and community resources that support students. A research-based bystander intervention training program developed by SMU psychology professors also is provided in Wellness courses.
  • Campus-wide programs include include Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Relationship Violence Awareness Month, National Night Out and Take Back the Night. SMU has participated in the It’s On Us campaign.
  • Programs also are available to individual classes, Residential Commons and Greek organizations upon request. Call Violence Prevention & Support Services, 214-768-4512.

Campus security

SMU Police patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and coordinate actions with neighboring agencies and criminal investigations with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. 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.

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

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 when classes are in session; call 214-768-1111.
  • SMU Police are available to provide secure rides on campus; call 214-768-3333.
  • SMU Rides provides rides off and on campus 24 hours a day; the full cost of the ride is charged to the riderís SMU account; call 214-768-7433 (RIDE).

Crime reports

SMU Police maintain a daily crime log, which is available online and to the public for review during business hours, at the dispatch window at Patterson Hall, 3128 Dyer Street.

SMU issues crime alerts by campus email if the University believes that an alleged perpetrator may pose a continuing or serious threat to the community or that the alert will aid in the prevention of similar crimes in the future. Crime alerts also are posted on the SMU Police website.

SMUís Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, available at, includes reported crimes for the previous three years.



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