About the Office of the Dean of Student Life

Program Offices

Hughes Trigg Student Center

Hughes-Trigg Student Center, the focal point for student activities at Southern Methodist University, was conceived through a $10 million donation from Charles and Katharine Hughes Trigg. The Triggs met and fell in love more than 65 years ago precisely where the Center stands today. The 112,000 square foot center, which opened in October 1987, features a variety of programs and a range of resources to meet the daily needs of students. 


Multicultural Student Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs works collaboratively with the campus community to provide support for students of color. We focus specifically on holistic development, advocacy and comprehensive student success. The office works to create an environment that fosters inclusivity and a deeper understanding of diversity.


New Student Orientation and Student Support

The Office of New Student Orientation and Student Support provides on-going programs and services that support new students and families in transition to SMU. This office is responsible for SMU's Two-Step Orientation Process, which includes AARO (Academic Advising Registration and Orientation) and Mustang Corral, a three-day, two night retreat for incoming students. They also plan the Encore Series, a sequence of activities throughout the school year aimed at helping new students stay connected.


Parent and Family Programs

Parent and family involvement plays a key role in college choice and in the academic success of students during their college years. The Parent and Family Programs Office works with the SMU Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs as well as individual parents in creating, maintaining, and promoting parental involvement in appropriate aspects of University life. Through the support of the Parent and Family Programs Office, SMU remains committed to establishing and maintaining a sound relationship with parents and families throughout their student’s time on campus and beyond.


Student Activities

Our mission is to advise and support student organizations and to encourage student development through involvement.


- Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Southern Methodist University began in 1915 when the first four fraternity chapters were established. Ninety-four years and tens of thousands of members later, the fraternity and sorority community is vibrant and now offers twenty-eight (28) national fraternities and sororities.


Student Conduct and Community Standards Office

The Student Conduct and Community Standards Office assists students in their personal development by providing a fair conduct review process that issues consistent sanctions for behavior that is incongruent with the University’s expectations for students. The Office addresses academic and non-academic behavior.


- Honor Council

This council uses the SMU Honor Code to oversee the academic conduct of all undergraduate and graduate students with the exception of those SMU students enrolled in the Schools of Law and Theology. Advised by the Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards.


- University Conduct Council

This council is comprised of two SMU staff members, two faculty members, three students and two student alternates. The council serves as a board of final appeal for cases originating from disciplinary proceedings by University Conduct Boards and Conduct Hearings as a result of an alleged violation of the SMU Code of Conduct.

University Conduct Council (see Section V.G.1.)

Women & LGBT Center

The Women & LGBT Center empowers students to increase awareness and understanding of gender equity issues. The center gives voice for women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community, with purpose to eliminate barriers, diminish prejudices, and create a supportive climate and space for all.