SMU Policy and Standards of Conduct ​

Alcohol and substance abuse is a serious issue at colleges and universities throughout the country. For many years, SMU has had in place programs, policies and resources aimed at alcohol and substance abuse education and prevention. The University enforces state law and prohibits the possession and consumption of alcohol by those younger than 21 as well as the use, sale, possession or manufacturing of any controlled substance. 

When this policy is violated, SMU will impose sanctions including, but not limited to, parent notification, a fine, a referral to substance abuse counselors in SMU Counseling Services, educational sanctions and a status sanction that may or may not affect the student’s standing with the University. Sanctions for drug use can include suspension or expulsion from the University.


Q. What actions is SMU taking to prevent substance abuse and encourage responsible choices? 

A. Alcohol and other drug abuse is a national problem on college and university campuses. The substance use issue calls for a partnership involving the University, through our programs to educate, assist and enforce; parents who remain a tremendous influence on their students; and students who must be responsible for obeying laws and regulations. 

SMU is committed to providing its students with an educational environment in which healthy

lifestyle choices can be made. The University has established programs, policies and resources aimed at substance abuse education, prevention, intervention, and treatment. 


SMU’s programs are monitored by the President’s Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention.

The Commission’s initiatives address health and medical services, enforcement, academic life, social life, partnerships with parents and communications with the University community.


Q. What resources are available for students?

A. SMU offers extensive programs and resources to new and continuing students aimed at substance abuse prevention. As outlined on the next page, these include education, counseling, assessments, support for recovering students, peer support and special training for leaders in Residential Commons and Greek houses, as well as faculty and staff.  In addition, SMU offers resources such as educational programs and counseling for students coping with eating disorders, sexual assault and depression. 



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