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
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
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
- 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.
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
- 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).
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.
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, available at smu.edu/CleryReport, includes
reported crimes for the previous three years.
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