All University officers are commissioned peace officers licensed by the State of Texas. If requested by an officer of the University, any person on the campus is required by law to identify him/herself. All crimes, motor vehicle accidents, and medical emergencies should be reported to the SMU Police Department immediately. Hesitation in reporting will result in delayed responses as well as the possibility the perpetrators of crimes will never be identified.
The SMU Police Departmentís procedures require an immediate response to emergency calls. We work closely with the full range of City and County emergency resources to assure a complete and timely response to all emergency calls. Priority response is given to crimes against persons and personal injuries. Special services include an experienced Investigations Division as well as the generous availability of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies in providing support and assistance.
Fires, health emergencies, crimes, and violations of University policies and procedures should be reported to the SMU Police either in person at 3128 Dyer Street, Room 200, Patterson Hall, or by telephone (214) 768-3333. Violations of University policies and procedures by students may also be reported to the Dean of Student Life Office at Room 302, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, or by calling (214) 768-4564. Conspicuously placed lighted emergency telephones with direct lines to police are located throughout the campus to facilitate reporting.Serious Crimes
In the event a serious crime is committed on campus, the following procedures will be used to provide timely notice of the crime and warning to the SMU community within 24 hours of crime if possible:
1) CAMPUS CRIME ALERTS can be found on the SMU Police main web page. Brightly colored posters containing crime alert information will be posted in the residence halls and major buildings on campus including, but not limited to, the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Fondren Library, Umphrey Lee Cafeteria, Fondren Science Building, Laura Lee Blanton Building, Dallas Hall, parking garages; and, if possible
2) The Daily Campus student newspaper will be asked to print crime alerts in the next available issue. The alerts will prominently display information about the criminal incident including a telephone number that members of the community may call to provide information about the crime that occurred as well as information on safety tips to prevent similar crimes.