Information on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Intervention and
Education at SMU
SMU is committed to
helping its students pursue their education with good health and lifestyle
Important Contact Numbers
>> For personal assistance with alcohol or drug abuse problems,
or to learn how you can help guide others, 214-768-4021.
>> Mental health issues, 214-768-2277.
>> To report imminent danger related to drug or alcohol abuse,
call 911 immediately or SMU Police at 214-768-3333.
extensive programs and resources offered to new and continuing students.
These include discussions, films, on-line resources, required wellness
courses, counseling, assessments, peer intervention and special training for
leaders in residence halls and Greek houses, as well as faculty and staff.
SMU enforces its
Student Code of
Conduct and residence hall guidelines through its judicial system, and those
with drug policy violations are subject to drug testing.
The SMU Police Department
enforces the laws regarding alcohol and drug use, as do police departments
in nearby University Park, Highland Park and the city of Dallas if
violations occur in those jurisdictions.
Programs of the SMU Center for Alcohol and Drug
The SMU Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Prevention provides awareness and training programs, assessments,
counseling, interventions and referrals. Its mission includes promoting
activities and programs with student support to focus campus attention on
alcohol and drug abuse.
The Center has a full-time health educator and two full-time licensed counselors on staff.
Education and Campus Awareness
The Center offers education about alcohol and
other drugs, chemical dependency and substance abuse, including:
- Orientation programs for incoming students and their parents
during July and August.
- "Campus Clarity," an online,
science-based education course program, required for all new students.
Wellness Choices I courses,
required for all first-year students, addressing alcohol and drug abuse
prevention each semester.
- A program on Healthy Habits addressing the topics of nutrition and alcohol.
Training and Peer Educators
Center trains students, residential assistants, faculty and staff to help
others who may have a substance abuse or dependency problem. Training includes:
- “TIPS” (Training for Intervention Procedures) for Student Affairs staff, Greek leadership and all students to assist students in preventing alcohol misuse.
- “Because I Care,” to teach students the skills they need to intervene with peers who are abusing substances.
Assessment and Intervention
By working with friends, family,
faculty and staff, the Center assesses student problems with alcohol and
other drugs and provides access to appropriate help, including online
screening programs and on-campus substance abuse
Counseling, Referrals and Support
The Center provides short-term
counseling to students on substance-abuse issues and offers referrals for
outside support and treatment when necessary. It supports self-help groups
on campus and in the community, including Alcoholics Anonymous and other
12-step groups, and works with recovering students on relapse prevention and
on re-entry to college after treatment.
The Center also is a member of
the North Texas Consortium on Substance Abuse Prevention in Higher Education
and the Alliance on Underage Drinking (ALOUD).
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