Live Responsibly

Tips for the Campus Community

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If you see something, say something. Report suspicious people or activities, such as a person you donít recognize following students into a Residential Commons. Call SMU Police or report anonymously online or at 214-SMU-2TIP.

Be aware. When you are first getting to know someone, exercise caution and make sure others know where you are.

Support others. If you see someone who needs assistance, intervene or call 911. When youíre out with friends, donít leave anyone behind; check that everyone returns home safely.

Call for help. If you or a friend is in danger due to drinking or drug use, call 911 immediately. Students who seek medical help for themselves or others normally will be exempt from discipline for alcohol and drug violations under SMU’s Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan policies. Learn more about the Call for Help Program.

Watch your drink. Never drink from an open container that has been out of your possession for any length of time. If you think you or others with you may have been drugged, seek medical attention immediately and call police.

Call for a security escort:

  • Giddy-Up offers free rides on campus from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms; 214-768-1111.
  • SMU Police are available to provide secure rides on campus; 214-768-3388.
  • SMU Rides provides rides on and off campus with an SMU ID; a student must provide his or her SMU ID, and the full cost of the ride will be charged to the student’s SMU account; 214-768-7433 (RIDE).

Be aware of the location of blue-light phones across campus. They connect directly to SMU Police.


Donít harm or take advantage of others. SMU's Title IX Harassment Policy and the federal law Title IX prohibit sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Sexual assault also is a crime punishable by imprisonment from two to 20 years plus a fine up to $10,000. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at SMU.

Respect othersí limits. Communicate your expectations on physical contact, and obtain consent before engaging in any form of sexual activity. Recognize that a person has the right to change his or her mind, and donít use force, coercion or threats.

Alcohol use is no excuse. The use of alcohol or drugs does not justify or excuse behavior that constitutes sexual misconduct.

Know how to help. If a friend tells you that she or he has been sexually assaulted, listen and urge your friend to call police or speak with a professional, such as a confidential counselor at SMU Counseling Services, 214-768-2277. Remember that sexual assault can happen to anyone and that sexual assault is not the victim's fault.

Get involved. Learn more about sexual misconduct and speak out against attitudes that support it. The Office of Violence Prevention & Support Services (214-768-4512), the Women & LGBT Center (214-768-4792) and Assistant Director for Health Education (214-768-2393) can connect you with students, faculty and staff who are taking action against sexual assault. Students involved in raising awareness of sexual assault include the Student Senate, the Women’s Interest Network, Not On My Campus, the Well: Health Promotion and Wellbeing, and Peer Health Educators.


  • Sexual assault is a crime punishable under Texas law by imprisonment from two to 20 years plus a fine up to $10,000. A person convicted of sexual assault must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his or her life.

  • Sexual assault also is a violation of University policy and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex, including sexual assault.

  • Under University policy and Title IX, sexual assault is considered an act of sexual violence, which is defined as a physical sexual act perpetrated against a personís will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victimís use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual assault and all acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment that are prohibited by Title IX and SMU's Title IX Harassment Policy.

  • Consent means voluntary, clear, continuous, mutually understandable permission, given by words or actions, regarding one's willingness to engage in sexual activity.

  • Students found responsible for sexual assault face disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University. Sexual assault will not be tolerated at SMU.

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