Office of Institutional Access and Equity (IAE)

COVID-19 Notice:

The Office of Institutional Access and Equity is currently operating remotely. Please contact us via phone at 214-768-3601 or email at if you have any questions for our staff, would like to discuss a concern, or to file a complaint of discrimination including sexual misconduct. We will contact you by phone or email and can conduct meetings virtually. For more information on SMU's response to COVID-19, please visit


IAE Mission

To affirm and acknowledge relevant laws and regulations; to promote access, opportunity and diversity among the student and employee populations; to maintain policies, procedures and programs that prohibit discrimination and retaliation against employees, students and applicants, and provide for a redress of grievances; and to assist in the initiation of specific efforts to overcome under-utilization and under-representation of women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.

One of our goals is to increase awareness and understanding of University sexual and racial harassment policies through educational programs for faculty, staff, and students.

The Office of Institutional Access and Equity can be reached at 214-768-3601 or IAE is located in Perkins Administration Building, Room 204.

Title IX

For questions or concerns regarding Title IX and sexual violence, please contact Samantha Thomas, the Title IX Coordinator in IAE. To file a complaint of Title IX harassment including all forms of sexual misconduct and sexual violence, please complete the Title IX Harassment Complaint Form. To make a third-party report of Title IX harassment, please complete the Title IX Harassment Third-Party Report Form. Both forms can be submitted to IAE at or in Perkins Administration Building, Room 204.


For questions or concerns regarding disability issues, please contact Denise Gauthier, the ADA/504 Coordinator in IAE.  For more information about accessibility at SMU, please visit the Resources and Campus Accessibility 

Event Accessibility Statement

University departments are responsible for providing reasonable accommodations for guests attending their events. IAE is available to provide guidance and assistance to departments as needed. IAE recommends that hosts of SMU events place the following statement on their event advertising: “Any person who requires a reasonable accommodation on the basis of a disability in order to participate in this program should contact the [department name] at [department phone number and/or email] at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.”

Web Accessibility

SMU has introduced the Web Accessibility Initiative to make the SMU website accessible to all. A university-wide Web Accessibility Policy is now in place "to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations and enhance the University's mission." Dedman College has added web accessibility resources to its Faculty Resource page. To report website barriers based on accessibility, email The initiative is in progress and we look forward to bringing you more information and resources as they come available.

Major Office Functions:

  • Faculty, Staff and Student Discrimination/Harassment Complaint Investigations and Inquiries
  • Search and Recruitment Consultation
  • Training
  • Employee Disability Accommodations
  • Affirmative Action Plan
  • Policy and Program Development and Implementation
  • Liaison to Diverse Constituencies

Statement of Nondiscrimination

Southern Methodist University (SMU) will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, education activity, or admissions on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX1 Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, including the prohibition of sex discrimination under Title IX1. The Executive Director/Title IX Coordinator may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may also be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

1 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688.