Your Role in Substance Abuse Prevention
A message from Lori White, SMU Vice President of Student Affairs
SMU closely monitors the success of efforts designed to help students avoid substance abuse. All members of our community must keep in mind that this must be a continuing conversation and that we all share responsibility for making SMU a drug-free campus.
This effort will work only if we are truly committed to caring for one another and holding each other accountable to the principles and standards for membership in the SMU community, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and in the University's Code of Ethics.
A colleague of mine at another university told me that her campus instituted a campaign called "See Something…Tell Someone" as a way to encourage students to share any information they might have about someone or something on campus they are concerned about. I call upon you to commit yourself to that same "See Something…Tell Someone" philosophy.
I recognize the current cultural norms embodied in terms such as "snitch," "narc," "sellout" and others. I realize that these can discourage people from getting involved or sharing information that might result in someone getting in trouble, and I recognize the fear that people who share information will be socially ostracized.
But think about this: what if sharing this kind of information could assist in getting help for someone with a substance abuse problem, preventing them from getting into more serious trouble, or even saving their life? A larger question is the extent to which you will let the illegal and irresponsible actions of a few students reflect negatively on the entire student body, when the fact is that most of you do abide by SMU's standards and regulations.
It is important to remember that students who seek medical assistance for themselves (Medical Amnesty) or for another person (Good Samaritan) due to intoxication by alcohol and/or drugs will not normally be subject to the conduct review process at SMU but will be eligible for drug and alcohol abuse counseling. This program is designed to encourage students to obtain medical assistance when drug or alcohol abuse is life-threatening.
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