Live Responsibly

What Parents Should Know

Studies have shown that parentsí opinions and guidance do influence their college studentsí decisions, including regarding drug and alcohol use.

Parents can learn more in the Family Handbook, which has a section on substance abuse policies and resources. The information from SMUís Office of the Dean of Student Life and from Counseling Services includes tips on discussing substance use, information about legal penalties and University sanctions, parental notification policies and suggestions on staying involved, such as:

  • Call your student frequently during the crucial first semester, and know the signs of substance abuse, including lower grades, mood changes and an unwillingness to talk.
  • Attend Family Weekend and other campus events, and ask to meet your studentís friends.
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources and encourage your student to use them, including:
    • Counseling Services: 214-768-2277
    • Office of the Dean of Student Life: 214-768-4564
    • SMU Police Department: 911, or 214-768-3333
    • Anonymous non-emergency crime tip: 214-768-2TIP
    • Deanie Kepler, SMU Director of Parent and Family Programs: 214-768-4797 or

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