Safety and Security

SMU Police Department

Patterson Hall

214-768-3388 (non-emergency)
214-768-3333 (emergency)
9-1-1 (campus phone emergency)

The SMU Police Department is on duty 24-7, and senior command-level officers are experience former military officers with emergency training. All officers are licensed and certified by the state of Texas and have full police authority. The SMU Police can be reached at 214-768-3333 or 8-3333 from a campus phone. Betty Alexander is designated to deal with emergencies for the law school: 214-768-2620 or bettya@smu.edu.  Her office is in the Dean’s Suite on the main floor of Storey Hall.   

Anonymous Reporting System

The Silent Witness program allows the SMU Community two ways to anonymously report criminal activity or other police-related information.   The Anonymous Tips Line (214-SMU-2TIP) is an unmonitored, voice-recorded phone line.  This phone line is checked daily for new information.  Alternatively, community members may provide information anonymously through the online Silent Witness reporting form.  

Emergency Call Box System

Emergency call boxes are strategically located throughout the campus.  Most are easily recognizable by a familiar blue light on top. Once activated, the call box sends a signal to the police department via the campus 911 system.  The location of the call box is identified automatically, and the caller can speak directly to the police communications officer. Call boxes are also in all elevators.

Security Escorts

The police department offers security escorts to anyone on the campus to and from on-campus building and parking facilities. 

SMU Safety Escort by TAPRIDE 

SMU Safety Escort provides free safe rides on main campus for up to two students or employees 7:00 pm - 3:00 am, 7 days a week.  Download the "TapRide" app on the App Store or Google Play.  Select "Southern Methodist University."  Enter your SMU ID number and password and other info requested.  

See Something, Say Something

The SMU Police Department is asking the University community to help make the campus safer by being more aware of their surroundings and reporting anything – or anyone – suspicious. Suspicious activities include:

  • A person loitering in parking lots, garages or building hallways
  • Someone you don’t recognize attempting to enter restricted areas of a building
  • Someone you don’t recognize following you or others into a residence hall
  • Someone you don’t recognize taking pictures of or sketching structures
  • Unattended, abandon or unusual-looking vehicles parked for prolong periods of time in the same location
  • Someone asking questions about security procedures

Suspicious packages include:

  • An unattended backpack, briefcase or luggage left in public or high-traffic areas
  • A package, envelope or device that looks suspicious, seems out of place or cannot  be readily identified

For more information, call the SMU Police Department at 214-768-3333.