Campus and community support and resources
SMU's main concern is for the safety, health and well-being of our campus community. When sexual misconduct 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 internal grievance options. These resources are listed here, as well as information about sexual misconduct education and prevention.
Important campus phone numbers
Education and prevention
Educational and prevention programs on sexual 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 misconduct and its prevention, as well as campus resources that support students.
- A program for new and transfer students during the first week of the fall term provides information about sexual misconduct prevention; campus resources that support students; how to report sexual misconduct; 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 if sexual misconduct 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 misconduct; 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 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.
SMU Rides provides one-way nonstop service to campus with an SMU ID; the full cost of the ride will charged to the rider’s SMU account; 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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