Under SMU Policy 2.5.1 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. Learn more about SMU policy and the law.
Consent means voluntary, clear, continuous, mutually understandable permission, given by words or actions, regarding one's willingness to engage in sexual activity.
Students are urged to report a sexual assault to police as soon as it is safe to do so; call 911 or 214-768-3333. It is critical that any student who has experienced sexual assault seek medical attention immediately, even if that student decides not to contact police. Learn more about resources here to help students.
At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, a certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner will provide care and an exam that preserves evidence; 214-345-6203. SMU Police (214-768-3333) or an SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services representative (214-768-4795) can contact the hospital's SANE Program and accompany students to the hospital.
It is important to preserve evidence before the exam. Students should not bathe, shower, douche or use toothpaste or mouthwash; students also should not wash clothing, bed sheets, pillows or other potential evidence.
SMU RESOURCES THAT ARE HERE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS
SMU Police (criminal reporting), 911 from a campus phone, 214-768-3333
SMU Title IX Coordinator (internal grievance reporting), 214-768-3601
SMU Office of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, 214-768-4795 (confidential counseling; emergency contact number is provided at all hours)
SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 214-768-2277 (confidential counseling; emergency contact number is provided at all hours)
Chaplain's Office (confidential counseling), 214-768-4502
Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564
The Women's Center, 214-768-4792
Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center (24-hour confidential hotline), 972-641-7273
Students who report sexual assault have the right to decide to pursue a criminal process, an SMU grievance process or both processes.
The criminal process: A student may decide immediately or at a later date to pursue criminal charges and prosecution in a Texas criminal court. SMU Police are available to counsel and accompany students through the criminal process; call 214-768-3333.
The grievance process: A student who reports sexual assault may file a complaint under the University's Title IX policy, Policy 2.5.1. The internal grievance process includes an investigation of the allegations, sanctions and an appeal process. For more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator, 214-768-3601.
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 (214-768-4795), the Assistant Director for Health Education (214-768-2393) and the Women's Center (214-768-4792).
These resources can connect students with faculty, staff and other students who are taking action against sexual assault.
Last revision - 29 January 2014