Live Responsibly

TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT


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If you see something, say something. Report suspicious people or activities, such as a person you don’t recognize following students into a residence hall. Call SMU Police or report anonymously online or at 214-SMU-2TIP.

Be aware. When you are first getting to know someone, exercise caution and make sure others know where you are.

Support others. If you see someone who is receiving unwanted physical attention, intervene with the help of friends if it’s safe to do so or call 911. When you’re out with friends, don’t leave anyone behind; check that everyone returns home safely.

Be responsible with alcohol. Drink in moderation or not at all. Risk increases significantly when judgment is impaired.

Call for help. If you or a friend is in danger due to drinking or drug use, call 911 immediately. Students who seek medical help for themselves or others normally will be exempt from discipline under SMU alcohol and drug policies; learn more about the Call for Help Program.

Watch your drink. Never drink from an open container that has been out of your possession for any length of time. If you think you or others with you may have been drugged, seek medical attention immediately and call police.

Don’t walk alone after dark. Call for a security escort.

  • Giddy-Up offers free rides on campus from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily; 214-768-1111.
  • SMU Police provide campus rides when Giddy-Up is not available; 214-768-3333.
  • SMU Rides provides service with an SMU ID; the cost of the ride is charged to the student's account; 214-768-7433.

Be a friend. If a friend tells you that she or he has been sexually assaulted, listen and encourage your friend to speak with a professional, such as a confidential counselor at SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 214-768-2277. Remember that sexual assault can happen to anyone.

LIVE RESPONSIBLY

Don’t take advantage of others. SMU Policy 2.5.1 and the federal law Title IX prohibit sexual violence, including sexual assault. Sexual assault also is a crime punishable by imprisonment. Sexual assault will not be tolerated at SMU.

Respect others’ limits. Communicate your expectations on physical contact. “No” means “No, ” and when uncertain, “No” is always the default answer. Recognize that a person has the right to change his or her mind, and don’t use force, coercion or threats.

Alcohol use is no excuse. Intoxication is not an excuse for failure to obtain consent.

Get involved. Learn more about sexual assault and speak out against attitudes that support it. The Women & LGBT Center (214-768-4792) and Assistant Director for Health Education (214-768-2393) can connect you with students, faculty and staff who are taking action against sexual assault.

INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT STATE AND FEDERAL LAW AND SMU POLICY

  • Sexual assault is a crime punishable under Texas law by imprisonment from two to 20 years plus a fine up to $10,000. A person convicted of sexual assault must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his or her life.

  • Sexual assault also is a violation of University policy and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex, including sexual assault.

  • Under University policy and Title IX, sexual assault is considered an act of sexual violence, which is defined as a physical sexual act perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability. Sexual assault and all acts of sexual violence are forms of sexual harassment that are prohibited by Title IX and SMU Policy 2.5.1.

  • Consent means voluntary, clear, continuous, mutually understandable permission, given by words or actions, regarding one's willingness to engage in sexual activity.

  • Students found responsible for sexual assault face disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University. Sexual assault will not be tolerated at SMU.

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