TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT
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
or at 214-SMU-2TIP.
When you are first getting to know someone, exercise caution and make sure
others know where you are.
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.
Drink in moderation or not at all. Risk increases significantly when judgment is
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
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.
alone after dark.
Call for a
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, do not judge the situation. Instead, 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.
SMU’s Sexual Harassment Assault and Rape Prevention program helps you defend
against physical attacks and sexual assault; 214-768-2607.
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.
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 or threats.
Alcohol use is
The use of alcohol or other substances impairs a person’s ability to make an
informed decision about physical contact. Intoxication is not an excuse for
failure to obtain consent.
Learn more about sexual assault and speak out against attitudes that support it.
The SMU Women’s Center (214-768-4792), Health Center (214-768-4795) and Student
Activities (214-768-4400) can
connect you with students, faculty and staff who are taking action against
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
- 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 dismissal from the University. Sexual assault will not be
tolerated at SMU.
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