Sexual Misconduct

SMU is committed to policies and procedures that support students’ well-being and foster a healthy learning environment based on respect and responsible behavior. All students are urged to live responsibly and to participate in the SMU community’s efforts to raise awareness of and prevent sexual misconduct.

Sexual misconduct is a violation of SMU policy and of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sex. Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sexual harassment, including sexual assault and gender-based harassment, and it will not be tolerated in our University community.

In the event that a student experiences sexual misconduct, SMU has resources in place to provide support, including law enforcement officials, a Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators, and confidential counselors trained in sexual misconduct issues. These resources are described in more detail on the following pages.