Campus and community support and resources
SMU's main concern is for the safety, health and well-being of our campus community. When a sexual assault occurs, it is critical that students obtain medical care and contact police as soon as possible. To support students, SMU offers resources including confidential counseling and assistance with criminal and University disciplinary options. These resources are listed here, as well as information about sexual assault education and prevention.
Important campus phone numbers
- SMU Police, 911 from a campus phone; 214-768-3333 from a cell phone; or pick up a blue-light campus phone
- SMU Office of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, 214-768-4795 (confidential counseling; an emergency contact number is provided at all hours)
- SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services,
214-768-2277 (confidential counseling; an emergency contact number is provided at all hours)
- Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564
- Office of Institutional Access and Equity (Title IX Coordinator),
- Chaplain’s Office (confidential counseling), 214-768-4502
- The Women’s Center, 214-768-4792
Education and prevention
A summary of SMU's Policy on Sexual Assault is published online in the Student Handbook. Section 3.25 of the student Code of Conduct addresses sexual assault and misconduct.
Educational and prevention programs on sexual assault and misconduct are coordinated and provided by the Office of
Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues with SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services
(CAPS) and SMU Women's Center. These include:
- During Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation Week (AARO), new and transfer students and parents receive information about sexual assault and its prevention, as well as campus resources that support students.
- The "Let's Talk About It" Violence Prevention Program for new and transfer students during the first week of the fall term provides information about sexual assault prevention; campus resources that support students; how to report a sexual assault; and respect and communication in relationships.
- All sections of the fall and spring Wellness courses, which are required for every student before graduation, include lectures and information on respect and healthy relationships; what to do when a sexual assault occurs; and campus and community resources that support students.
- Campus programs include Take Back the Night in October, a march and candlelight vigil to raise awareness of sexual assault; Sexual Assault Awareness Week in April, which features speakers and films; and programs with the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.
- The Coordinator of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues and SMU Women's Center also provide education and prevention programs to classes, residence halls and Greek organizations upon request. Call 214-768-4792.
Confidential counseling services
Confidential, ongoing counseling with professionals who can provide specialized support is available at SMU's Office of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, 214-768-4795, and with Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 214-768-2277.
Pastoral counselors at the Chaplain’s Office also are available to provide confidential support; call 214-768-4502.
SMU issues crime alerts by campus email and distributes fliers on a case-by-case basis when an alleged perpetrator poses a continuing threat to the campus community. The crime alerts contain
security tips and information about obtaining help. Information about crimes may be reported anonymously through the SMU Police Silent Witness Program by calling 214-SMU-2TIP or online.
Annual Security Report, also posted online, includes
reported crimes for the previous three years concerning index crimes.
Giddy-Up offers free rides on campus from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
daily; call 214-768-1111. SMU Police can provide campus rides when Giddy-Up is not available; call 214-768-3333.
In addition, SMU Rides provides free one-way nonstop service to campus from 10:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with an SMU ID; call 214-768-7433.
SMU’s Sexual Harassment
Assault and Rape Prevention (SHARP) program is designed to help students,
faculty and staff defend themselves against physical attacks and sexual assault.
The free courses are taught by SMU Police Patrol Lieutenant
Enrique Jemmott in the Dedman Center
for Lifetime Sports, as well as residence halls and Greek houses. Call 214-768-2607.
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