SMU Student Affairs

Faculty Guide to Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs Mission Statement

The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to develop, with others in the University, opportunities for students to become productive citizens through the creation of challenging environments that contribute to students’ intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, cultural, moral, and emotional growth, and, in so doing, engage them with the widest range of persons within the University and beyond.

Message from the Vice President

Dear Colleagues:

As educators who serve a common purpose, Student Affairs professionals and faculty are partners in the learning experience of Southern Methodist University students. The professional staff in Student Affairs are committed to collaboration with faculty to integrate academic development with the students’ overall intellectual, spiritual, physical, social, and cultural growth. We believe the complete educational process extends beyond the classroom, laboratory, and library to include all aspects of the students’ life on campus. Additionally, through our effective collaboration, we can better identify, and reach out to, and support, the students about whom we are concerned.

The success of this dynamic partnership is evident in programs such as Honors Residence Hall, Service Learning House, the Social Norms Project through Alcohol Education, AARO, Mustang Band, Honor Guard, and the Learning Community in Perkins Residence Hall. With continued support and cooperation among divisions, the entire SMU community benefits from a vibrant educational experience.

The purpose of this Faculty Guide is to provide you with information regarding programs and services within the Division of Student Affairs that stimulate and support the educational process. We hope this guide will identify resources and opportunities from which partnerships can grow.

If I can ever assist you, please call me at 214-768-2821 or email


Lori S. White

Vice President for Student Affairs

Faculty and University Partnership Committee (FUPC)

The mission of the Faculty and University Partnership Committee (formerly the Bridge Building Committee) is to facilitate collaboration between SMU’s Division of Student Affairs and the academic community. By creating effective partnerships, it is the Committee’s goal to enhance the educational environment of SMU. The purpose of the Faculty and University Partnership Committee is to support and to serve as a resource for faculty, academic advisors, and others to enrich learning experiences at SMU. This document includes information for faculty members about all the resources available for them in Student Affairs.

David Chambers, Committee Chair
Associate Director of Programs
Department of Recreational Sports

Dean of Student Life

The Office of the Dean of Student Life seeks to educate students and the SMU community by providing purposeful opportunities for learning, personal growth, values clarification, and development that promote responsible citizenship.
The Office of the Dean of Student Life carries out this mission by:

  • Working to provide a welcoming environment that includes support, advice, challenge, and assistance to students;
  • Acting as a resource and referral when students are unsure about which SMU office to contact or how to a handle a specific problem;
  • Enforcing the SMU Code of Student Conduct through the Student Judicial System;
  • Enforcing the SMU Honor Code by advising the SMU Honor Council;
  • Providing services and support for students with disabilities; and
  • Serving the University through the operation of the Crisis Management Team.

The Office of the Dean of Student Life supports faculty in the following ways:

Responding to family concerns through The Caring Community Connections (CCC) database at

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750355
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street, Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4564
Fax: 214-768-4572

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Department of Recreational Sports

The Department of Recreational Sports provides programs, facilities and services that promote active participation allowing the opportunity to achieve individual potential while having fun, relieving stress, and promoting community and spirit.

The Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports (x8-3374) completed its $25 million expansion and renovation in the Spring of 2006. The Center is free for enrolled students and there is a minimal fee for faculty and staff. Spouses of faculty, staff, and students may join for a fee. Family hours are offered as a way for members and families to enjoy the facility and recreational activities. The 170,000 square foot of recreational space offers a 15,000 square foot fitness center, indoor track, and facilities for the following programming for students, faculty and staff:

Aquatics (x8-4823) provides opportunities for faculty, staff and students to participate in open lap and recreational swim, American Red Cross Lifeguard, WSI, and CPR classes, water fitness classes, and other events throughout the year. Group and private swimming lessons are available for the families of faculty and staff.

Fitness (x8-4824) Group X (group exercise) offers 80+ fitness classes each long semester. Personal Trainers are hired to serve you, individually, to help you attain your personal fitness goals; sessions may be purchased in packages of 1, 3, 10, or 30, or in a pairs package (for you and a friend to train together) in a 10-session package.

Intramurals (x8-3367) offers organized participation in sixteen different sports and activities. There are opportunities for employment as an official and/or supervisor for the different leagues and events.

Outdoor Adventures (x8-4822) oversees the SMU Climbing Wall indoor climbing facility, the Outdoor Adventure Rental Shop providing outdoor recreation trips/workshops, and equipment rental, and the Portable Team Challenge Course.

Sport Clubs (x8-3362) offer students the opportunity to dedicate themselves to one particular club sport in which they compete intercollegiately and/or develop high levels of expertise in their activity.

Spirit Squads (x8-1500) involve over 50 students as members of the cheer squad, pom squad, the “human mascot” and Handlers of Peruna (SMU’s live mascot). Tryouts occur in the Spring.

Location: Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports (map)
Campus Mailing: Box 750161
Shipping Address: 6000 Airline Rd, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-3366
Fax: 214-768-1422


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Mustang Band

As the “Hub of Spirit” at SMU, the Mustang Band represents SMU at athletic and various other University events. Students march at football games, play at basketball games, and present an annual variety show during Homecoming.

Location: SMU Natatorium (map)
Phone: 214-768-3235
Fax: 214-768-1508

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Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternity and Sorority Life began at Southern Methodist University in 1915 when the first four fraternity chapters were established. Ninety-four years later, the fraternity and sorority community is vibrant and now offers twenty-eight (28) national fraternities and sororities. Fraternities and sororities provide the opportunity for personal and professional development. Within these organizations, members can work to become the best person they can be. Throughout the journey to self-actualization, members contribute to their organizations, the campus community and society. This process begins as undergraduates and continues as they become alumni and graduate members.

The Southern Methodist University Fraternity and Sorority Community is committed to supporting and nurturing a connection among individual members, organizations and the SMU community. Through this relationship, we promote a well-rounded college experience grounded in shared goals and values, while respecting the diverse objectives of our chapters and their individual members. We endeavor to provide a Greek experience that fosters a lifelong connection to our chapters and the University.

Location: Hughes Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750436
Shipping Address: 3140 Dyer Street, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214.768.4400
Fax: 214.768.4429

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Hegi Family Career Development Center

The Hegi Family Career Development Center guides and encourages students and alumni in the development of skills necessary for lifelong career management in the evolving world of work. The Center sponsors a comprehensive campus recruiting program including on-campus interviews, career fairs, job fairs, internship programs and an on-line resume and job listing service. We provide career counseling services utilizing a variety of assessment and exploration activities. Our staff provides individual consultations for the development of an effective job search campaign. We also provide encouragement and guidance in the preparation of application materials and methods. We offer a series of workshops and seminars to provide training and promote awareness of issues related to the career planning and job search process. Except for the students and alumni of all campus certificate programs and the graduate professional programs in the Cox, Law and Perkins Schools, we provide services to all enrolled students and alumni of the campus.

We offer a summary of services while advertising upcoming career/job fairs, campus interview schedules, workshops, and job opportunities. We provide orientation programs to assist students in learning how to develop effective career plans and to utilize the on-line resume and job listing service. In your interactions with students, please encourage student participation in orientations and other career-related programs. The Hegi Family Career Development Center has a library of publications that outline career possibilities for a variety of interests, majors, and personalities. A career resource room is also available equipped with several computers for resume preparation and internet research.

The staff in the Hegi Family Career Development Center appreciate the difficulties encountered by some students in choosing a career, implementing a job search plan, and achieving professional goals. We promote early identification of career interests, development of skills in internship or other job-related activities, and the creation of an active network of contact in career fields. We encourage participation in student organizations, professional associations, and community service organizations.

Partnering with the SMU Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations, we are developing programs that connect students to volunteers for networking activities. Career planning involves self discovery and future planning. There are tremendous benefits for those who start career exploration early in their college careers. Visit the Hegi Family Career Development Center located in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center to learn more about our innovative program and services.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750256
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-2266
Fax: 214-768-4292

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Hughes-Trigg Student Center

The Hughes-Trigg Student Center is a great place to meet new people, hang out, study, work, relax and get involved. Located on the main campus level of the Student Center, the MANE Des is the campus information resource for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. The MANE Desk offers many services ranging from campus ticket sales to fax service to the rental of lockers in the Commuter Lounge. It is also the best place to pick up your SMU football tickets as well as discount tickets for local Dallas-Ft. Worth attractions like Six Flags Over Texas and the State Fair of Texas. Call 214-768-4444 for more information.

The Commons area is the most popular lounge in the Center, as well as a premier event location. Students are sure to find something going on here, from speakers to free food.

Always filled with student leaders, the Student Activities Center is a great meeting area. Computers are available for student organization use. There is also plenty of information on organizations and upcoming events.

The Commuter Lounge provides a home away from home atmosphere for commuters. Available for student use inside the commuter lounge are tables, couches, a microwave, a refrigerator, a telephone and rental lockers.

Café 100 also has 16 computers with a print station all connected to the Internet and available wireless connectivity. Also in the 24-hour lobby there is a copier and a Bank of America ATM machine.

In addition to this location, we have wireless Internet connection through-out the building. Students can sit in any part of the Center with their laptops and log into the Internet provided they have the appropriate hardware. For more information on how to get your wireless Internet software, contact ITS 214-768-3449.

Students can also enjoy The M Lounge, the nation’s largest and most sophisticated video game space, with 36 game consoles and several flat-screen TV’s and monitors.

The Student Center offers a number of rooms and audiovisual services for special events, meeting, lectures or any other type of gathering. Rooms accommodate from 10 to 700 people, with portable staging, in-house sound, lighting systems and much more. Call 214-768-4440 to speak to the Meeting and Event Services Coordinator.

The Mane Course is located on the lower level of Hughes-Trigg; it offers indoor seating in the Varsity or outside seating in the patio garden. Housed within the Mane Course are Chick-fil-A®, Subway®, and Pizza Hut®, where you can get a classic chicken sandwich and famous waffle fries, salads, pizza or a great sandwich on freshly baked bread – made-to-order. Café 100 is located on the main level of the west lobby and is the destination for the ultimate coffee consumer. It serves Starbucks coffee. It also offers pastries, sandwiches, salads and more. The MARKET is located in the heart of Hughes-Trigg and offers convenience store items such as your favorite bottled beverages, frozen entrees, muffins, fresh fruit and health food items. eS MUcho is also located in the MARKET and offers Tex-Mex fare made-to-order. Sushic offers fresh sushi. All dining locations accept cash, Pony Express CA$H, Visa and Mastercard.

Hughes-Trigg is the home of the offices of the Dean of Student Life, SMU Career Center, University Chaplain, Student Activities Center, Student Media Company, Multicultural Student Affairs, The Community Engagement and Leadership Center, New Student Programs, Parent and Family Programs and nearly 150 student organizations. Also located in the Student Center are Willy’s Hair Salon, the Commuter Corner, the SMU Post office, and the Pollock Art Gallery.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750211
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 315, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4400
Fax: 214-768-4380

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Community Engagement & Leadership

Community Engagement & Leadership (CEL) promotes participation in leadership development and community service activities. We believe that involvement in leadership and service will help students become informed and involved citizens of the community, the nation, and the world. CEL works with students, organizations, faculty, and staff to develop leadership and service activities on campus and in the Dallas community and beyond; serves as a contact point for community agencies seeking volunteers and resources from SMU; and supports campus leadership development and civic engagement programs.

CEL helps to maintain an electronic database of community agencies in the Dallas metropolitan area that welcome groups and volunteers. CEL sponsors a Fall Volunteer Expo highlighting volunteer, internship, career, and service-learning placements. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Volunteer Center of North Texas.

Faculty may use the resources of CEL to implement service learning, a teaching methodology that deliberately links meaningful service with course curriculum. Available on loan are books and articles on service learning in a variety of disciplines. Workshops, individual consultations, and other programs are held throughout the year for faculty who want to explore this teaching strategy.

Student organizations sponsored by Leadership and Community Involvement

Leadership Education, Activities and Development (LEAD) is a student-run organization formed to help aid students with their leadership development. Programs sponsored by LEAD include: the Crain Leadership Conference, Emerging Leaders, the John Ben Shepperd High School Leadership Forum, and the Leadership Certificate Program. Students Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Citizenship (SPARC) is a student organization which coordinates volunteer service and civic engagement programs for the University community. Programs include Community Service Day, Alternative Spring Break, Hunger Banquet, Youth Tours for local school groups, and general service opportunities.

The mission of the SMU Service House is to create and environment where residents identify a shared vision founded in service and all residents take ownership for the house and its programs. Through an application and interview process, 27 students are selected to explore the dynamics of service and community-building. The Service House is a cooperative program between the Department of Residence Life & Student Housing and the Community Engagement & Leadership Office.

SMU Rides is a program committed to helping students get home safely from off-campus. It operated from 10:30 PM- 3 AM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, except for during University holidays. SMU Rides is free to all SMU students, and is completely confidential and has no connection with the SMU campus police.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750355
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street, Suite 318, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4403
Fax: 214-768-4324

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Memorial Health Center

Medical Services

The Memorial Health Center offers comprehensive outpatient services to all students attending the University. The Center provides medical services on the first floor consisting of a primary health clinic, specialty clinics, pharmacy, and laboratory and x-ray facilities. Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention services are located on the second floor. Testing services are available on the second including scanning and scoring of tests or class evaluations for faculty.

The medical floor is staffed with board-certified physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, and medical technologists/x-ray technologists. Appointments are available 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. For Saturday and extended hours see the Health Center website. For appointments and health information call 214-768-2141. The second floor is staffed with board certified psychiatrists and doctoral and master level psychologists and counselors. Appointments are available 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. For appointments call 214-768-2277 (CAPS).

In order to ensure students have appropriate health care coverage, SMU requires its students maintain health insurance as a condition of enrollment. All international students enrolled in one or more credit hours are required to have the SMU insurance plan unless they receive a special waiver from the Health Center. Waivers are granted for students covered by an Embassy plan or if they document they are covered by comparable coverage through a United States employer, including medical evacuation and repatriation. All domestic students taking nine or more credit hours are required to provide proof of comparable coverage through a United States health insurer. Domestic students must complete the online health insurance documentation/waiver/enrollment as part of the class enrollment process in Access each semester. Health insurance is separate from the student health center fee which is paid separately.

Full-time undergraduate and graduate students taking twelve credit hours and paying full student fees are not charged for most primary care services, psychiatric services, or for seeing psychologists or counselors. Students taking less than twelve hours may pay Health Center fees either by the semester or by visit. Other medical charges and testing fees priced substantially below market rates.

Appointments are recommended for all services; however urgent primary care and emergency counseling are available to walk-ins. Students should schedule appointments during non-class times as the Health Center does not routinely write excuses. In case of obvious or severe injury, students should go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department.

Location: Memorial Health Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750195
Physical Address: 6211 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-2146
Fax: 214-768-2151

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Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) take a proactive position to facilitate healthy student development and maintain and enhance students’ psychological and emotional well-being. While many students cope quite well with school, others experience difficulties that interfere with their academic performance and/or social interactions. Confidential evaluations, psychotherapy, personal, education, consultation and medication management are available as well as psychological services for women, gender issues, crisis intervention and learning disability/ADHD testing. Most services are free for currently enrolled SMU students and are available on individual, couple or group basis. Spouses will be seen with students for couple’s counseling.

Faculty are eligible for scanning and scoring services for tests as well as classroom evaluations. Contact Lori Krone at 214-768-2269 for information. As a faculty member, you are perceived by many students as their first point of contact to obtain advice or support. Faculty members frequently consult with our staff about procedures for referring students for counseling. When you call the Center with a concern, you will be routed to the therapist-on-call to obtain quick and helpful information. Counselors are available for classroom presentations, workshops and occasional group testing.

Staff includes psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, post-doc, interns and administrative assistants. Appointments are available Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information call 214-768-2277 (CAPS) or visit

For after hours, call the SMU Police at 214-768-3333 and they will contact the mental health professional on-call.

Location: Memorial Health Center 2nd Floor
6211 Bishop Boulevard
Phone: 214-768-2277
Fax: 214-768-4522

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Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention

SMU’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention services provide students and/or their families with a confidential source of information and help when confronted with alcohol or other drug abuse or addiction issues. The service promotes activities and programs with student support to focus campus attention on the problem of alcohol and other drug abuse. The program seeks to help the student body claim ownership of alcohol and other drug problems on campus and to take charge of identifying and implementing solutions.

The program provides assessment, intervention and short-term counseling to students, and maintains links with support groups and treatment providers in the community. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention program works to integrate and coordinate student behavioral health services with Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and medical health services. Program staff participate in the North Texas Consortium on Substance Abuse Prevention in Higher Education, and administers a substance-use prevalence survey annually.

SMU’s peer educator student organizations are sponsored by the program. Peer Educators provide programs to various groups on campus and in the community. Custom programs can be designed ranging from discussion groups to multimedia presentations and classes.

For more information call 214-768-4021 or visit the website.

Location: Memorial Health Center 2nd Floor
6211 Bishop Boulevard
Phone: 214-768-4021
Fax: 214-768-4522

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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 Southern Methodist University.  New Student Orientation and Student Support is committed to the following goals:

  • Provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere
  • Connect students to University resources and people
  • Acquaint new students with institutional expectations and values
  • Promote learning and discovery both inside and outside the classroom
  • Foster pride in the SMU community

There are many programmatic initiatives coordinated and supported by the New Student Orientation and Student Support for first year and transfer students.

Academic Advising, Registration, and Orientation (AARO)
AARO prepares new students for the transition to Southern Methodist University.  During AARO new students meet one-on-one with an academic advisor, plan an academic program that reflects the student’s interests and goals, register for Fall classes, take optional academic testing for course placement, learn about the numerous programs, resources, and support services SMU offers, and get acquainted with other new students.  Faculty participate in a variety of programs offered during AARO.

Mustang Corral
Mustang Corral is a three-day, off-campus retreat for all incoming students.  It introduces the students to academic life at SMU while allowing them the opportunity to connect with other new students, faculty, staff and student leaders.  Mustang Corral promotes expectations for being part of the SMU community and encourages intellectual engagement and involvement.

Other programs and resources supported by New Student Orientation and Student Support include:

  • Encore
  • Varsity Newsletters
  • Alpha Lambda Delta First-year Honorary
  • Orientation Leadership Institute (OLI)
  • EDU 2101:  Practicum in Student Leadership
Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750355
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 307, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4560
Fax: 214-768-4600

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Office of the Chaplain & University Ministries

The Office of the Chaplain and University Ministries at Southern Methodist University serves the pastoral and spiritual care needs of the entire University community. The staff are available to each member of the University community-students, faculty, staff-for a variety of services. With offices located in Suite 316 of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, we provide a hospitable setting for confidential conversation on an appointment or walk-in basis.

Both the chaplain to the University and the Associate Chaplain are skilled and experienced pastoral counselors able to respond to a broad range of human problems with sensitivity and confidentiality. Appointments for consultations are available to any member of the University community without fee. The Chaplaincy staff is available for informal conversation on a “walk-in” basis during regular office hours or by calling 214-768-4502.

Reflecting the wide variety of religious expressions at SMU, the Campus Ministry Council, under the auspices of the Office of the Chaplain, includes thirty active student ministries and one ministry to faculty and staff. Individual campus ministries meet regularly for study, fellowship, worship, sponsoring retreats, mission trips, ski trips, and outreach programs. See for listings of all campus ministries and links to their websites.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750282
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 316, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4502
Fax: 214-768-4514

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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. For more than 80 years, these groups have provided scholarships, awards, and hors to students and faculty as well as financial funding for activities and support students in their academic endeavors. Some of the activities sponsored by the Mothers’ and Dads’ Clubs include Mustang Cookout, Family Weekend Luncheon and Barbecue, Parent Welcome Calls, and the Outstanding Senior Man and Woman of the Year selection and Family Reception. In addition to serving as a resource for all parents concerning the personal development and academic endeavors of their student, each summer during AARO this office assists in orienting the families of new students to our campus. Publication generated by the office include the Parent Handbook, A Practical Guide for Parents, the First Year Parent Calendars, the brochure What Parents and Families Should Know About Drugs and Alcohol on Campus and the PARENTS newsletter, which is distributed twice a year. Through the support of the Parent and Family Programs Office, SMU remains committed to establishing and maintaining a sound relationship with parents throughout their student’s time on campus and beyond.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750355
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4797
Fax: 214-768-4572

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Residence Life & Student Housing

Residence Life and Student Housing (RLSH) has responsibility for the campus residential community, including all residence halls, approximately 42 SMU-owned apartments and the 9 SMU-owned Greek chapter houses. This responsibility includes maintaining facilities that are well cared for, safe, and most importantly, enhance students’ opportunities to grow personally and excel academically.

The RLSH program is centered around four cornerstones that frame its priorities: community, citizenship, leadership, and learning. Our mission is to advance the goals and objectives of the University by creating residential communities that empower students to value learning, citizenship, and leadership. Programming and staff training reflect our emphasis on the quality of the students’ residential experience. Community Standards (policies) for residence halls have been established to promote the rights and responsibilities of all residents in the context of a group living environment. A copy is available on our website.

First-year students are required to live on campus. This Board of Trustees policy presents us with both challenges and opportunities. We believe this requirement places us in a unique position to help students transition to the demands of college life, to connect with their university and each other, and to gain a stronger sense of their own identity. In short, we seek to provide an environment that affirms the choice each student made to attend SMU.

In a very real sense, we believe the residential experience should enhance the University’s efforts to recruit and retain great students. Doing this requires that RLSH be more than a housing operation that manages a series of “dormitories.” For us to support SMU’s mission, goals, and objectives, we must develop and sustain residence halls as communities that support the broad range of student needs. To this end, RLSH seeks opportunities to promote an intellectual climate in residence halls that complements an already flourishing campus social culture.

Our residence hall facilities have Ethernet connections for each resident and increased study areas for students living in renovated residence halls. Additionally, we have established the Honors Community (Virginia-Snider Hall) and the Fine Arts Community (Mary Hay and Peyton Halls) as Focused Academic Communities with specific academic emphases as well as the Daniel House for transfer students.

Our ongoing partnership with the Altshuler Leaning Enhancement Center provides proactive, early-on intervention efforts to assist first-year students who experience academic difficulty. We have established collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs that include teaching Honors Rhetoric classes in the Honors community and the Hilltop Scholars Program (HSP). The HSP introduces a living-and-learning model featuring “courses-in-common” that permit faculty to teach across the curriculum in ways that integrate knowledge across different disciplines. HSP students live together in Smith & Perkins Hall and, whenever practical, take the cluster of designated HSP courses in the HSP classroom in this community. This approach to student learning has proven very successful on other campuses in terms of academic achievement and student retention, and we have high hopes for its success and expansion at SMU.

We are working earnestly to help the SMU community understand that residence halls are an extension of the academic mission and that we will continue seeking opportunities that support this relationship.

For more information, please visit our website or contact our office.

Location: Boaz Hall (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750215
Physical Address: Boaz Hall, 1st Floor, West Entrance
Phone: 214-768-2407
Fax: 214-768-4005

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Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs (SAMSA)

The Department of Student Activities & Multicultural Student Affairs provides leadership and support for students and organizations while seeking to create partnerships with faculty and staff that foster learning both inside and outside the classroom. The office serves as a resource for over 180 chartered student organizations and houses advisors ready, willing, and able to assist students with getting involved. These clubs and organizations are representative of the diverse nature of the University’s student population ranging from intercultural and sports clubs to honor societies, programming boards, and multicultural groups. SAMSA is responsible for the planning and implementation of a wide range of co-curricular activities. Each year SAMSA student groups bring numerous concerts, films, lectures, social events, and cultural programs to campus. Some of the many programs sponsored by Student Activities & Multicultural Affairs include Orientation of Minority Students, Connect Peer Mentor Program, Diversity Education program, and one-on-one involvement counseling.

A complete listing of all student organizations can be found on our website at

The department is also actively involved in providing diversity education programming and leadership training. Coordinators are available to present workshops on a variety of issues and topics. The department is interested in opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members in order to create programs and services that will benefit the SMU community.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750436
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4400
Fax: 214-768-4429

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Student Media Company, Inc.

Through the production, self-sufficient business operation and publication of its award-wining student publications  — The Daily Campus student newspaper and Rotunda yearbook and our auxiliary websites — the Student Media Company, Inc., offers SMU students paid opportunities to gain hands-on, real-life media industry experience, while providing comprehensive coverage and independent forums for opinion, news, sports, arts and entertainment and more for the entire SMU community.

The Daily Campus, which has served as the independent voice of the SMU community since 1916, is published every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during regular academic terms and monthly during summer terms. The newspaper has a circulation of 5,000 copies and is distributed free-of-charge to the SMU community through more than 50 campus and area box locations. The full-color, 300-plus page Rotunda yearbook, which has been published annually since 1916, is delivered each spring to purchasers of the book. The Student Media Company, which operates as an independent non-profit organization, also administers the websites that complement both publications — (link) and (link).

All content and editorial decisions for both publications are produced and directed by student editors and staffers of the respective publications. All operating revenue for the Company and our publications is generated through advertising sales and sales of the yearbook. for more information on how your campus group or department can advertise and/or promote an upcoming event or program, please contact Daily Campus Advertising at (214) 768-4111 or email

The Student Media Company employs more than 50 student employees on a continual basis in areas ranging from writing to editing, photography to advertising sales and design, as well as marketing and business office matters. For employment opportunities with the Daily Campus or Rotunda, stop by Suite 314 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center or visit or

The Student Media Company, Inc., is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors comprised of current SMU students, faculty and staff. Student appointees to the Board are made on an annual basis in April of each year. For more information on becoming involved with the Student Media Board of Directors, please contact Student Media Company Executive Director at (214) 768-4549.    

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750456
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4545
Fax: 214-768-4573
E-mail: |

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Women's Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives

The Women’s Center for Gender and Pride Initiative opened its doors in 1973 as one of the first university women’s centers in the Southwest. Through a unique combination of university programs, faculty, staff, and students, the Center serves the campus community by providing opportunities for conversation and collaboration on a wide range of gender-related topics.

Programming includes activities which raise awareness regarding sexual assault, relationship violence, heterosexism, breast cancer, reproductive rights, and many other gender issues. Women’s Center staff are available to provide guest lections on topics such as gender equity, sexual assault prevention, violence against women, sexual orientation, and more.

The Center provides training for ALLIES, a group compromised of members of the SMU faculty, staff, and students who are committed to supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. Members of ALLIES attend a required informational meeting and display an ALLIES placard to encourage students to seek them out for discussion, information, and referral. Continuing education programs on topics as diverse as representations of LGBT individuals in film to the dangers of reparative therapy provide ALLIES with a deeper understanding of selected LGBT issues.

In conjunction with the Student Activities and Multicultural Student Affairs, the Women’s Center coordinates The Food Chain, a group specifically designed for women of color with the SMU community. Faculty, staff, and students meet for lunch on a monthly basis to discuss issues of concern for women of color and to build deeper connections with one another.

The Center is available for meetings, classes, and study sessions. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition, the Center houses a Special Collections Resource Library, a study room, and a student work room.

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center (map)
Campus Mail: Box 750172
Physical Address: 3140 Dyer Street-Suite 313, Dallas, TX 75205
Phone: 214-768-4792
Fax: 214-768-3475

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Women's Symposium

The Women’s Symposium was created in 1966 as part of the University’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  The annual forum brings together a multigenerational, multicultural audience to examine and discuss topics of national interest in an academic setting. The Symposium was designed as a unique educational experience for SMU students.  Students who serve on the Symposium planning committee (CORE) spend two semesters enhancing their communication, program planning and development, leadership, and team-building skills.

Since 1966, over one-hundred speakers have been brought to the SMU campus by the Symposium.  Anthropologist Margaret Mead, civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, tribal leader Wilma Mankiller, news commentator Cokie Roberts, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, economist John Kenneth Galbraith, and authors Naomi Wolf, Maya Angelou, Gail Sheehy, and Alvin Toffler have all been participants.

The topics for each Symposium address the opportunities and challenges for women leading full and productive lives.  It is designed to be of interest to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community, to present a balance of viewpoints, to foster intellectual discourse, and to promote student leadership development.

Contact: Karen Click, Director
Phone: 214-768-4792
Fax: 214-768-3475

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Student Affairs Organizational Chart

Student Affairs Organizational Chart (PDF)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Coming soon.

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