Philosophy

Philosophy Department Statement on Sexual Harassment


The academic discipline of philosophy flourishes when everyone who would study and work in it is able to reach her or his highest potential as a student, teacher, or philosopher.   Consequently, the SMU Philosophy Department is committed to taking all necessary steps to prevent discrimination against any of its participants on the basis of their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status.  Our Department’s commitment to equal opportunity also includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.   The Department is also firmly committed to maintaining a welcoming environment that is free of sexual harassment.  Students, faculty, or staff who believe they or others may have been the victim of harassment or discrimination of this sort should bring this to the attention of the Office of Institutional Access and Equity at 214-768-3601, or e-mail at  accessequity@smu.edu.  In addition, there are also numerous resources for any student, faculty or staff who has been sexually assaulted.  A list of those resources is below.

Confidential Resources for Students:

The resources listed below must honor confidentiality, except under very limited circumstances such as an imminent threat of danger to self or others.

-        SMU Office of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, 214-768-4795 (available 24/7)

-        SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 214-768-2277

-        SMU Chaplain’s Office, 214-768-4502

-        Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center, 972-641-7272 (24-hour hotline) is a community resource that provides confidential counseling

Other Campus Resources for Students:

These campus officials will protect students/ privacy and confidentiality to the extent possible, but are required to report sexual assaults to SMU’s Title IX Coordinator and to SMU Police.

-        SMU Police (criminal reporting) 214-768-3333

-        Title IX Coordinator (internal grievance reporting), 214-768-3601

-        Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564

-        SMU Women & LGBT Center, 214-768-4792

Resources for Faculty & Staff:

-        SMU Police (criminal reporting) 214-768-3333

-        Title IX Coordinator (internal grievance reporting), 214-768-3601

-        Employee Assistance Program (Confidential Counseling) 1-877-704-5696

For more information, contact SMU’s Title IX Coordinator at 214 768 3601, or visit smu.edu/LiveResponsibly.