Sexual Misconduct Policies, Prevention and Resources

Tips for being aware, informed and involved

If you see something, say something. Report suspicious people or activities, such as a person you don’t recognize following students into a Residential Commons. Call SMU Police at 214-768-3333 or report anonymously at 214-SMU-2TIP.

Be aware. When you are first getting to know someone, exercise caution and make sure others know where you are.

Support others. If you see someone who needs assistance, intervene or call 911. When you’re out with friends, don’t leave anyone behind; check that everyone returns home safely.

Call for Help. If you or a friend is in danger due to drinking or drug use, call 911 immediately. Students who seek medical help for themselves or others normally will be exempt from discipline for alcohol and drug violations under SMU’s Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan policies.

Watch your drink. Never drink from an open container that has been out of your possession for any length of time. If you think you or others with you may have been drugged, seek medical attention immediately and call police.

Call for a security escort.

  • SMU Safety Escort by Tapride offers free safe rides on campus from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms; download the Tapride app.
  • SMU Police are available to provide secure rides on campus; 214-768-3388.
  • SMU Rides provides rides on and off campus 24 hours a day; a student must provide his or her SMU ID, and the full cost of the ride will be charged to the student’s SMU account; 214-768-7433 (RIDE).

Be aware of the location of blue-light phones across campus. They connect directly to SMU Police.

Know how to help. If a friend tells you that he or she has been sexually assaulted, listen and urge your friend to call police or speak with a professional, such as a confidential counselor at SMU Counseling Services; 214-768-2277. Remember that sexual assault can happen to anyone and that sexual assault is not the victim’s fault.

Respect others’ limits. Communicate your expectations on physical contact, and obtain consent before engaging in any form of sexual activity. Recognize that a person has the right to change his or her mind, and don’t use force, coercion or threats. SMU’s Title IX Harassment Policy and the federal law Title IX prohibit sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Sexual assault also is a crime punishable by imprisonment from two to 20 years plus a fine up to $10,000. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at SMU.

Alcohol use is no excuse. The use of alcohol or drugs does not justify or excuse behavior that constitutes sexual misconduct.

Get involved. Learn more about sexual misconduct and our community’s efforts to end it. The Office of Violence Prevention & Support Services (214-768-4512) and the Women & LGBT Center (214-768-4792) are among those who can connect you with students, faculty and staff who are taking action against sexual misconduct.