Live Responsibly

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

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

Important Contact Numbers

>> For personal assistance with alcohol or drug abuse problems, or to learn how you can help guide others, 214-768-4021.

>> Mental health issues, 214-768-2277.

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

SMU offers extensive programs and resources to new and continuing students. These include discussions, online resources, required Wellness courses, counseling, assessments, peer intervention and training for leaders in Residence Commons and Greek houses, 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. In addition, SMU prohibits the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places.

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.

Programs of the SMU Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention:

The SMU Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention has licensed, full-time counselors and a health educator available to SMU students, their families and the campus community. The Center provides confidential services and resources for issues related to alcohol and drug abuse. It promotes activities and programs with student support to educate the campus community about alcohol and drug abuse prevention.

Education and campus awareness

The Center offers education about alcohol and other drugs, chemical dependency and substance abuse, including:

  • Orientation programs for incoming students and their parents during July and August.
  • "Campus Clarity," an online, science-based education program, required for all new students.
  • Wellness Choices I courses, required for all first-year students, addressing alcohol and drug abuse prevention each semester.
  • TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) for Student Affairs staff, Greek leadership and all students to assist students in preventing alcohol misuse.
  • Mustangs Who Care, a student-led group focused on holistic health, including preventing alcohol poisoning and overdoses.

Assessment and Intervention

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

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 the student age group and a student only recovery group.
  • Support for recovering students, relapse prevention and assistance with re-entry to college after treatment.

Learn more at

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SMU News & Communications, 214-768-7650,