SMU Title IX Harassment Policy prohibits sexual misconduct

Sexual misconduct is prohibited by SMU’s Title IX Harassment Policy, and the federal law Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

  • SMU’s Title IX Harassment Policy is online in the University Policy Manual,, and on the Office of Institutional Access and Equity website,

Sexual misconduct encompasses all forms of sexual harassment, including gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in the SMU community. Learn more about sexual misconduct definitions and examples, including sexual assault and consent.

Students found responsible for sexual misconduct face disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion from the University.

As defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance, including SMU.

Title IX requires universities and colleges to investigate reports of sexual harassment and to provide internal grievance procedures. These procedures offer students reporting sexual assault and other acts of sexual violence an avenue for holding violators accountable for their actions, in addition to the criminal process.

Title IX also requires the University to appoint a Title IX Coordinator. SMU’s Title IX Coordinator resides in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity, which develops and manages University policies, procedures and programs of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The Office serves SMU students, employees, applicants and visitors. SMU’s prohibition against discrimination, including on the basis of sex, includes any employment practice, education program or educational activity.

SMU’s Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators are available to assist students who have questions or concerns regarding sexual misconduct or who wish to file an internal complaint under the University’s Title IX Harassment Policy. The Coordinator and Deputies also can provide students with information about SMU and community resources. Please feel free to contact any of the following SMU employees for assistance. Deputies serve campus-wide; their departments and schools are listed for informational purposes only.

SMU Title IX Coordinator

  • Samantha Thomas, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email
SMU Deputy Title IX Coordinators

  • Denise Gauthier , Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email
  • Jasper Chieng, Office of Institutional Access and Equity, 214-768-3601 or email
  • Steve Yeager, Dedman School of Law, 214-768-4178 or email
  • Griffin Sharp, Office for Health Promotion, Student Affairs, 214-768-2393 or email
  • Susan Vollmerhausen, Athletics, 214-768-4963 or email
  • Bonnie Hainline, Intramurals/Sport Clubs, Student Affairs, 214-768-3367 or email