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Student Affairs

Student Affairs

SMU-in-Taos works closely with the Office of Student Affairs.  Please review the information below prior to applying for courses at SMU-in-Taos.

Eligibility to Attend

The SMU-in-Taos office works closely with Student Affairs to review all participants for eligibility to participate in courses at SMU-in-Taos.  

  • Students in good standing with Student Affairs are eligible to attend.  
  • Students with open cases, incomplete/overdue sanctions or on disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, or higher are not eligible to attend SMU-in-Taos.


Acceptance is required to participate in courses at the SMU-in-Taos campus.  All students will be reviewed by Student Affairs upon application to SMU-in-Taos.  Students will be notified of their eligibility to attend via email.  Please do NOT make travel arrangements until you have confirmed your acceptance and enrollment in courses.

Any changes in a student’s status with Student Affairs after acceptance is granted may impact their ability to participate in courses at SMU-in-Taos.  If you believe your status may have changed, you must contact Student Affairs right away to determine if you are still eligible to attend SMU-in-Taos.

Campus Policies: Conduct Agreement 

Upon arrival at the SMU-in-Taos campus, all students are required to sign a Conduct Agreement.   Students should familiarize themselves with and be prepared to abide by all campus policies and the SMU Student Code of Conduct for the duration of their stay in Taos.  

Violations of Student Code of Conduct and/or Removal from Campus

Violations of the Student Code of Conduct and/or Campus Policies may result in removal from the SMU-in-Taos campus and/or fines.  If a student is removed from the SMU-in-Taos campus, they will be administratively dropped from all courses and required to leave campus at their own expense.   Students who have been removed from SMU-in-Taos will not be allowed to continue their coursework or receive an incomplete.  Students who have been dropped from courses will receive a letter grade of "W" or "F" depending on the point in the term.


Resident Assistant Positions

Students may apply to serve as Resident Assistants (RAs).  RAs are compensated with a scholarship which covers room and board fees.  This translates into a significant stipend that is provided in exchange for work as a Resident Advisor on the Taos campus. Resident Advisors must provide their own transportation to and from the Taos campus. 

Prospective RAs should begin by submitting an online application for the SMU-in-Taos term they wish to attend.  Part of the application process will include the option to apply for an RA position.  Students wishing to apply for RA position must submit a letter of interest and resume.  Applicants must also submit two references, undergo an interview process and attend a mandatory training in Dallas.  All RAs must arrive in Taos at 2 pm on the day prior to the term's Arrival Day and will stay until noon on Departure Day. Please view the Resident Assistant Packet prior to submitting an RA application via the website. 

Remember the Dates

*RA Applications Deadline: April 5, 2019
*RA Interviews:
April 22 - 24, 2019
*Mandatory RA Training: April 27, 2019

*These dates are subject to change.