Education and prevention at SMU

SMU’s Office of Student Advocacy and Support (214-768-4512), the Women & LGBT Center (214-768-4792) and Counseling Services (214-768-2277) coordinate and provide educational and prevention programs on sexual harassment.

The Office of Institutional Access and Equity (214-768-3601) also provides education on Title IX and the University’s Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy.

SMU Police (214-768-3333) provide crime prevention education and self-defense training to the campus community.

Education for incoming students includes a required comprehensive online course and an informational program before the first week of the fall term. All students are required to take Wellness courses, which provide information on respectful relationships.

A research-based bystander intervention training program, called TakeCARE, developed by SMU psychology professors also is provided in Wellness courses.

Campus-wide programs include Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Relationship Violence Awareness Month, National Night Out and Take Back the Night. Programs also are available to individual classes, Residential Commons and Greek organizations upon request.

Students involved in raising awareness of sexual assault and relationship violence include the student organizations Not On My Campus; One Love; the Feminist Equality Movement (FEM); and The Well: Health Promotion and Wellbeing, as well as SMU Peer Health Educators.

To learn more and get involved, call the Office of Student Advocacy and Support, 214-768-4512, or email