Part of our mission is to promote community, scholarship, and civility. One way we do this is by assigning sanctions to students who violate the Student Code of Conduct, Honor Code, or other University policies. The purpose of our sanctions are to 1) further a student's development and enable them to become a positive contributor to the community; 2) discourage a student's inappropriate behavior from reoccurring in the future; and 3) to ensure a healthy and safe campus community.
The purpose of this page is to provide students with a brief overview of our educational sanctions. It also provides access to the sanctions if a student no longer has access to their Outcome Letter.
*This is not an exhaustive list of every sanction a student can be assigned, but reflects the most common sanctions used in our office. A Conduct Officer can assigned other educational sanctions if appropriate for the student.
Personal Reflection Paper- The student will complete a paper reflecting on an agreed upon topic, such as their decision‐making process, understanding of a policy, or purpose of a policy. To access the Personal Reflection Paper you can click here.
Values Clarification Worksheet- Students will complete a worksheet that will help them identify their personal values, clarify how their values are used in their decision‐making, analyze how their values will influence future decision‐making, and create an action plan for future situations. To access the Values Clarification Worksheet you can click here.
Letter to Future Self- Students will write a letter addressed to their future self using the website www.futureme.org. The letter should aim to remind their future self about values, feelings, lessons learned, hopes for the future, and/or wanted change. The letter should be a minimum of 750 words. Once you have completed the assigned sanction, please submit your document to your Conduct Officer for review by clicking here.
Fictitious ID Paper/Poster- Students will write a paper (1,000 word count) or create a poster to explain the legal consequences of having a fake ID in Texas and the impact of these consequences on their future goals. Once you have completed the assigned sanction, please submit your document to your Conduct Officer for review by clicking here.
Goals Worksheet- Students will complete a worksheet that helps them identify personal and academic goals for their time at SMU. The worksheet also has questions which will help students reflect on how their violation could hinder their success with those goals and articulate their plans to avoid future violations. To access the Goals Worksheet you can click here.
Decision Making Workshop- The decision-making workshop is offered through the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards. The workshop is designed to help students clarify values and learn decision‐making strategies. Students sanctioned will also have to complete a post workshop reflection. Once you have completed the post workshop reflection, please submit your document to your Conduct Officer for review by clicking here.
Consequences Worksheet- Students will complete a worksheet that will help them analyze the potential consequences of being suspended from SMU. The worksheet also provides students with an opportunity to set goals and develop strategies for the future. Once you have completed the assigned sanction, please submit your document to your Conduct Officer for review by click here.
Referral to Substance Abuse Counselor- Students will complete a personalized assessment online and bring the results of that assessment to an appointment with a counselor at the Health Center. During this appointment, students will work with their counselor to identify elements of risk in their decision-making regarding alcohol and/or drugs, develop strategic alternatives to consuming alcohol and/or drugs in social situations, recognize high risk behaviors regarding substance abuse.
Marijuana 101- Students will use this online educational program to explore drug use and consequences. There is a cost associated with this sanction, which the student is responsible for paying. Once you have completed the assigned sanction, please submit your Certificate of Completion to your Conduct Officer by clicking here.
TED Talk Videos
In your Outcome Letter, your Conduct Officer assigned a specific TED Talk video for you to watch. Please choose the correct video below and answer the questions provided to you from your Conduct Officer. Once you have completed the assigned sanction, please submit your document to your Conduct Officer for review by clicking here.
Staying committed to your goals. What happens when you break your promise to yourself? Do you make bad decisions?
Presenter – Eric Rainey
Duration – 10:21
Self-control and how it impacts our impulsive behavior. The difference between long term and short term goals.
Presenter: Dan Ariely
Change is possible only if you change your mindset.
Presenter: Matin Eshaghi
The key to transforming yourself.
Being fixated on the old way of doing things when we want to really change. To transform yourself you should avoid running away from your issues and stay committed to making the change.
Presenter: Robert Greene
Is there a real you?
Discover the real you. You can shape, channel and change yourself in that process of discovery. (slightly philosophical)
Presenter: Julian Baggini
What’s your 200-year plan?
Using your creativity to plan your life.
Presenter: Raghava KK
Why we make bad decisions?
We make bad decisions because we make errors in estimating the odds of being successful. We only think short term. We often forget to think about the long term consequences.
Presenter: Dan Gilbert
The fringe benefits of failure.
Convocation address by J.K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008. She speaks about how she used her failure as an opportunity to succeed.
Presenter: J.K. Rowling
The battle between your present self and future self.
Resisting temptation is hard. People often use commitment devices to stick to their goals. But these commitment devices are not fool proof. Making better decisions by imagining what it’s like to be in the future.
Presenter: Daniel Goldstein
Are we in control of our own decisions?
Decision making can be difficult and complex and sometimes we are pretty irrational when we make decisions. Speaker uses behavioral economics to discuss decision-making. Bottom-line – understand your limitations when you make decisions.
Presenter: Daniel Ariely