Live Responsibly

Health and well-being:
A community commitment

SMU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports students’ health and well-being while they pursue their academic and personal goals. This commitment is fundamental to our mission as a University and as a community of trust whose members live, learn and work together.

Live Responsibly is a theme that not only encompasses concern for problems such as alcohol and substance abuse, but also a commitment to uphold SMU's high standards of behavior through its Code of Conduct. A healthy environment is one that is based on mutual respect, responsible behavior and fair treatment. This site contains important information on procedures and resources that can help all SMU students to Live Responsibly in a caring community.

Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures

Sexual misconduct is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and of SMU policy. Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual violence and sexual assault, and will not be tolerated in our University community.

In the event that a student experiences sexual misconduct, SMU has policies, procedures and resources in place that provide support.

Sexual assault is a serious form of sexual misconduct. It is also a crime. All students, faculty and staff members are urged to report sexual assault to police at 911 or 214-768-3333. It is critical that anyone who has experienced sexual assault seek medical attention immediately. Read more about where to obtain help if sexual assault occurs and SMU resources that provide support.

Students who have experienced sexual assault can decide to pursue a criminal process, an internal grievance process under the University’s Title IX (Sexual Misconduct) policy or both processes. The federal government requires universities and colleges to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and to maintain procedures for holding violators accountable under Title IX. Read more about criminal and internal grievance options under state laws and federal mandates.

In October 2012 SMU President R. Gerald Turner charged the President's Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures with re-examining SMU’s procedures and policies in comparison with benchmark practices. In April 2013 the Task Force presented its recommendations to President Turner, all of which he accepted. Read more about the Task Force, including its full report. The SMU community has implemented many of the task force’s recommendations for revised and new initiatives, including increased education, communication and training.

Sexual misconduct is a serious issue at universities and colleges across the country. By providing an internal grievance process and offering education about sexual misconduct, SMU seeks to provide an environment in which students feel comfortable coming forward to report violations, in which violators are held accountable and in which all students are treated fairly.

Substance Abuse Prevention

SMU has a permanent Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention, made up of mental health experts, student life administrators, faculty and students, which meets regularly to assess the University’s efforts and outcomes. The Commission’s 2012-13 report and previous reports are online.

SMU has joined the National College Health Improvement Project — along with peer institutions including Dartmouth, Stanford, Duke, Brown, Princeton, Purdue and Vanderbilt — to research new and innovative ways to fight binge drinking on campus. Read more.

We hope you will use the Live Responsibly site to learn about our many student services, including assessments, interventions, referrals, counseling and support for students in recovery.

In addition to this website, parents will find useful information in the SMU Family Handbook and on the SMU Parents website.


Quick Links

If you are the victim of a crime or see something suspicious, contact the police:

  • Call 911 from a campus phone

  • Call 214-768-3333 from a cell
     phone (note: calling 911 on a
     cell phone on campus will
     connect you with surrounding
     police stations but not SMU

  • Pick up a blue-light campus

  • If you are off campus, call 911
     to reach police in your area or
     214-768-3333 to reach SMU

   Report information
   anonymously to SMU's
   Silent Witness Program by
   calling 214-SMU-2TIP or
   online at

Getting Help

SMU urges anyone who has experienced sexual assault to obtain medical care and alert police as soon as it is safe to do so . . . More.

Reporting Misconduct

Campus officials, police and counselors can help, including with pursuing criminal and internal grievance options . . . More.

Amnesty Policy

Students who seek medical assistance for themselves or another due to intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs . . . More.

Support Services

Trying to quit? You're not alone. If you’re ready to take back your life, SMU programs offer free and confidential help. . . More.

Caring Community

Faculty and staff can provide students with appropriate information, support and advice for success. Click here to submit a report.

Binge Drinking

SMU is part of a team researching new and innovative ways to fight binge drinking . . . More.

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