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
Office of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues,
214-768-4795, and with
Counseling and Psychiatric 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 the
Office of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues with SMU
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), 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
- 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.
- The Coordinator of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues
and Women & LGBT Center also provide education and prevention programs to
classes, residence halls and Greek organizations upon request. Call
SMU Police patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and
coordinate off-campus patrols with neighboring agencies. Emergency
blue-light phones across campus connect directly to SMU Police.
SMU Police provide crime prevention education 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. daily; 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.
SMU issues crime alerts
by campus email if it is determined that an alleged perpetrator may pose a
Information about crimes may be reported anonymously through the SMU
Police Silent Witness Program by calling 214-SMU-2TIP or
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, also posted online, includes
reported crimes for the previous three years.
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