Health and well-being:
A community commitment
SMU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports students’ health and well-being while they pursue their academic and personal goals. This commitment is fundamental to our mission as a University and as a community of trust whose members live, learn and work together.
Live Responsibly is a theme that not only encompasses concern for problems such as alcohol and substance abuse, but also a commitment to uphold SMU's high standards of behavior through its Code of Conduct. A healthy environment is one that is based on mutual respect, responsible behavior and fair treatment. This site contains important information on procedures and resources that can help all SMU students to Live Responsibly in a caring community.
Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures
Sexual misconduct is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and of SMU policy. Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual violence and sexual assault, and will not be tolerated in our University community.
In the event that a student experiences sexual misconduct, SMU has policies, procedures and resources in place that provide support.
Sexual assault is a serious form of sexual misconduct. It is also a crime. All students, faculty and staff members are urged to report sexual assault to police at 911 or 214-768-3333. It is critical that anyone who has experienced sexual assault seek medical attention immediately.
Read more about where to obtain help if sexual assault occurs and
SMU resources that provide support.
Students who have experienced sexual assault can decide to pursue a criminal process, an internal grievance process under the University’s Title IX (Sexual Misconduct) policy or both processes. The federal government requires universities and colleges to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct and to maintain procedures for holding violators accountable under Title IX. Read more about criminal and internal grievance options under state laws and federal mandates.
In October 2012 SMU President R. Gerald Turner charged the President's Task
Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures with re-examining SMU’s procedures and policies in comparison with benchmark practices. In April 2013 the Task Force presented its recommendations to President
Turner, all of which he accepted. Read more about the Task Force,
including its full report. The SMU community has implemented many of the task force’s recommendations for revised and new initiatives, including increased education, communication and training.
Sexual misconduct is a serious issue at universities and colleges across the country. By providing an internal grievance process and offering education about sexual misconduct, SMU seeks to provide an environment in which students feel comfortable coming forward to report violations, in which violators are held accountable and in which all students are treated fairly.
Substance Abuse Prevention
SMU has a permanent Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention, made up of mental health experts, student life administrators, faculty and students, which meets regularly to assess the University’s efforts and outcomes. The Commission’s 2012-13 report and previous reports are online.
SMU has joined the National College Health Improvement Project — along with peer institutions including Dartmouth, Stanford, Duke, Brown, Princeton, Purdue and Vanderbilt — to research new and innovative ways to fight binge drinking on campus.
We hope you will use the Live Responsibly site to learn about our many student services, including assessments, interventions, referrals, counseling and support for students in recovery.
In addition to this website, parents will find useful information in the SMU Family Handbook and on the SMU Parents website.
If you are the victim of a crime or see something suspicious, contact the police:
• Call 911 from a campus phone
• Call 214-768-3333 from a cell
phone (note: calling 911 on a
cell phone on campus will
connect you with surrounding
stations but not SMU
• Pick up a blue-light campus
• If you are off campus, call 911
to reach police in your area or
214-768-3333 to reach SMU
anonymously to SMU's
Silent Witness Program by
calling 214-SMU-2TIP or
SMU urges anyone who has experienced sexual assault to obtain medical care and alert police as soon as it is safe to do so . . .
Campus officials, police and counselors can help, including with pursuing criminal and internal grievance options . . .
Students who seek medical assistance for themselves or another due to intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs . . .
Trying to quit? You're not alone. If you’re ready to take back your life, SMU programs offer free and confidential help. . .
Faculty and staff can provide students with appropriate information, support and advice for success.
Click here to submit a report.
SMU is part of a team researching new and innovative ways to fight binge
drinking . . .