SMU Student Affairs

SMU Student Values Statement & Party Theme Guidelines

SMU Student Values Statement

"I, as a citizen of the SMU Community, commit myself to upholding the values of intellectual integrity, academic honesty, personal responsibility, and sincere regard and respect for all SMU students, faculty, and staff."

Party Theme Guidelines

In accordance with the values of the University and our shared vision for an inclusive campus community, all social event themes should be respectful of race, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, social class, age, and ability status.

Cultural appropriation (adopting specific elements of a culture for entertainment) and discrimination must be avoided and rejected at all times. When a culture is exploited and its elements are used disrespectfully, the values of the University are compromised.

SMU student organizations and their leaders should consider the implications of the name of their event in addition to the dress code they set, how they advertise, and all social media posts and decorations related to the event.

Examples of Inappropriate Party Themes:

  • Golf Pros and Tennis Hoes
  • Cowboys and Indians
  • Thug Mansion
  • White Trash Party

If you wish to discuss your event theme with a staff member in Student Affairs, or have questions, you are encouraged to contact any of the below offices, all located in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, 3rd Floor:

Multicultural Student Affairs - (214) 768-4580
Student Activities - (214) 768-4400
Women and LGBT Center - (214) 768-4792
Dean of Student Life Office - (214) 768-4564

PLEASE NOTE:   If your organization or event is found in violation of these guidelines and/or has failed to register for approval through the Social Event Registration Committee (SERC) prior to advertising, the event organizers and the organization will be held accountable through the SMU Student Code of Conduct and/or other applicable University policies.