Tips To Reduce Risk To Yourself And Others
If you see something, say something.
Report suspicious people or activities, such as a person you donít recognize
following students into a residence hall. Call SMU Police or
report anonymously online
or at 214-SMU-2TIP.
When you are first getting to know someone, exercise caution and make sure
others know where you are.
If you see someone who is receiving unwanted physical attention, intervene with
the help of friends if itís safe to do so 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 under SMU alcohol and drug policies; learn more
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 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily; 214-768-1111.
SMU Police provide campus rides when Giddy-Up is not available; 214-768-3333.
SMU Rides provides service with an SMU ID; the cost of the ride is charged to
the student's account; 214-768-7433.
Be aware of the location of blue-light phones across campus. They
connect directly to SMU Police.
Be a friend. If a friend tells you that she or he has been sexually
assaulted, listen and encourage your friend to speak with a professional, such
as a confidential counselor at SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services,
214-768-2277. Remember that sexual assault can happen to anyone.
Donít harm or take advantage of others.
SMU policy and the federal law
Title IX prohibit sexual violence, including sexual assault. Sexual
assault also is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Sexual assault will not
be tolerated at SMU.
Respect othersí limits.
Communicate your expectations on physical contact. ďNoĒ means ďNo, Ē and
when uncertain, ďNoĒ is always the default answer. Recognize that a person
has the right to change his or her mind, and donít use force, coercion or
Alcohol use is no excuse.
Intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain consent.
Learn more about sexual assault and speak out against attitudes that support
it. 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.
INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT STATE AND FEDERAL LAW AND SMU POLICY
- 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
- 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 (Sexual Misconduct) policy.
- Consent means voluntary, clear, continuous, mutually understandable
permission, given by words or actions, regarding one's willingness to engage in
- 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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