Campus security

SMU Police officers are sworn police officers, licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, who have the responsibility and duty to enforce campus regulations and all local, state and federal laws.

SMU Police patrol campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department coordinates actions with neighboring agencies and criminal investigations with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Emergency blue-light phones across campus connect directly to SMU Police.

SMU Police provide crime prevention education and self-defense training; 214-768-3333.

SMU urges students to call for a safety escort.

  • SMU Safety Escort by Tapride offers free rides on campus from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the fall and spring terms when classes are in session; download the app. Learn more online here.
  • SMU Police are also available to provide secure rides on campus; call 214-768-3388.

Crime reports

SMU Police maintain a daily crime log, which is available online at and to the public for review during business hours at the dispatch window at Patterson Hall, 3128 Dyer Street.

SMU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, posted online at, includes reported crimes for the previous three years.