Visitors to residence halls and fraternity and sorority housing must be
accompanied by the resident of the facility who is being visited. Visitors to
the campus are welcome and are expected to adhere to all campus regulations and
policies. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the Police Department located on
the second floor of Patterson Hall for information on University regulations.
The University reserves the right to restrict the access of any person who does
not adhere to University policies and procedures. Any person may be required,
upon request by a University Police Officer, to present identification while on
University facilities, lighting, and landscaping are maintained so as to reduce
hazardous conditions. Malfunctioning lights and other unsafe conditions are
reported to Campus Planning and Plant Operations (CPPO) for repair or correction on a daily basis.
Approximately 2,400 students reside on campus in residence halls, apartments and Greek houses.
Residence halls have front doors that lock automatically 24 hours a day. Access is by a card swipe entry system that allows building residents to use their assigned cards for exterior entry only to their own assigned residence halls. If an exterior fire door of a residence hall is propped open, an alarm will sound alerting the building's residence life staff.
The North Area Desk is located in Virgina-Snider and the South Area Desk is located in McElvaney Hall. Each Area Desk is staffed and operated from 8am-midnight. All residence halls are covered at random by SMU PD patrol 24 hours per day. Residents are encouraged to keep their residence hall room door locked at all times. Visitors must be accompanied by a resident at all times while in a residence hall. All residence halls have telephones located inside and outside the front door.
One Resident Assistant (RA) is on duty each night in each residence hall from 8pm- 7am. Each residence hall has a specific duty line to access the staff member on duty. Duty rounds are conducted by the RAs periodically each evening. In the event of an emergency call SMU PD immediately.