Live Responsibly

Information on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Education at SMU

Important Contact Numbers

>> For personal assistance with alcohol or drug abuse problems, or to learn how you can help guide others, 214-768-2277.

>> To report imminent danger related to drug or alcohol abuse, call 911 immediately or SMU Police at 214-768-3333.

SMU is committed to helping its students pursue their education with good health and lifestyle habits.

SMU offers extensive programs and resources to new and continuing students. These include discussions, online resources, counseling, assessments, peer intervention and training for leaders in Residence Commons and fraternities and sororities , as well as faculty and staff.

The University enforces state law and prohibits the possession and consumption of alcohol by those younger than 21 as well as the use, sale, possession or manufacturing of any controlled substance.

The SMU Police Department enforces the laws regarding alcohol and drug use, as do police departments in nearby University Park, Highland Park and the city of Dallas if violations occur in those jurisdictions.

Resources at SMU include SMU Counseling Services and Health Education:


Counseling Services has licensed, full-time substance abuse counselors available to SMU students, their families and the campus community. Call 214-768-2277. Services include:

Counseling, Referrals and Support

  • Confidential counseling, with referrals for outside support and treatment when necessary.
  • Self-help groups on campus and in the community, including Alcoholics Anonymous and twelve-step programs for a student-age group and a student-only recovery group.
  • Support for recovering students, relapse prevention and assistance with re-entry to college after treatment.

Assessment and Intervention

  • Coordination with family, friends, faculty and staff to reach out to students in distress and provide them with help.
  • Educational and screening programs.


SMU has a full-time health educator who promotes activities and programs with student support to educate the campus community about alcohol and substance abuse prevention.

Call 214-768-2393 or email for more information.

Health education at SMU includes:

  • Orientation programs for incoming students and their parents during July and August.
  • An online, science-based education program, required for all incoming students, that addresses substance abuse prevention, as well as sexual misconduct.
  • “TIPS” (Training for Intervention Procedures) for Student Affairs staff, Greek leadership and all students to assist students in preventing alcohol misuse.
  • Peer Health Educators, students trained to provide education and outreach to fellow students on wellness issues. 
  • Mustangs Who Care, a student-led group focused on holistic health, including preventing alcohol poisoning and overdoses.


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