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
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:
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
(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.
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