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SMU remains weapons-free under ‘campus carry’ law

SMU prohibits the possession of any dangerous weapon (either openly or in a concealed manner), or facsimiles of dangerous weapons such as water guns or toy guns and knives, on all University property, athletic venues, passenger transportation vehicles and any groups or building on which University activities are conducted.

Student-owned sporting firearms or other weapons (including all BB and pellet guns) are the responsibility of the owner and must be stored at an appropriate location off campus.

SMU has been a weapons-free campus since at least 1994. See smu.edu/policy for the full policy.

Any violation of this policy is considered a serious offense. If you have questions about this policy, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-3388.

SMU has opted out of “campus carry,” Texas Senate Bill 11

In accordance with Texas Senate Bill 11, also known as the “campus carry” law, SMU opted to ban concealed handguns on campus after discussion with the campus community.

When the law goes into effect August 1, 2016, SMU will remain a weapons-free campus.

The open carry of handguns or other firearms on Texas university campuses continues to be prohibited.

Read more about SMU’s decision to opt-out of Texas Senate Bill 11 online here.

signConcealed handguns prohibited

Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (Trespass by License Holder With a Concealed Handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (Handgun Licensing Law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.

Prohibidas las armas de fuego ocultas

Conforme a la sección 30.06, de código penal (traspasar portando armas de fuego ocultas), personas con licencia bajo del sub-capítulo h, capítulo 411, código de gobierno (ley de licencia de armas), no deben entrar a esta propiedad portando armas de fuego ocultas.

A health and safety message from President Turner

SMU President R. Gerald Turner sent the following message to students, faculty and staff on August 25, 2014:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the start of what promises to be a memorable Centennial year on the Hilltop. I wish each of you success as you pursue your academic, professional and personal goals.

Toward that end, it’s imperative that every member of our community play a role in maintaining a healthy and caring campus environment. All of us must be familiar with SMU policies, procedures and resources supporting that environment.

For this reason, I ask every student, faculty and staff member to read the online booklet “Live Responsibly,” which you can access on the SMU Live Responsibly website, smu.edu/LiveResponsibly. It addresses sexual misconduct and alcohol and substance abuse, which are serious health and safety issues at universities across the country, including SMU. Undergraduates also will be receiving a printed copy of this booklet in the mail to review and keep during their time at SMU.

Please carefully read the information provided about SMU’s Title IX (Sexual Misconduct) policy, and contact Title IX Coordinator Samantha Thomas in the Office of Institutional Access and Equity with any questions at 214-768-3601. It should be understood that SMU will vigorously pursue its policies and support state and federal laws. The federal law, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault. Sexual assault also is a crime under Texas law punishable by imprisonment. SMU will not tolerate sexual misconduct in any form.

In the event of an emergency, including sexual assault or a medical emergency due to alcohol or drugs, SMU community members are urged to immediately call police and seek medical care for themselves and others. Please find more information about SMU and community resources available to help students in the Live Responsibly booklet and online.

In addition to SMU Police and the Title IX Coordinator, other SMU resources include trained confidential counselors at Counseling and Psychiatric Services and the Chaplain’s Office. The Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, the Office of the Dean of Student Life and the Women & LGBT Center also are here to support you. I encourage you to contact these resources to learn more about efforts to prevent sexual misconduct and substance abuse, and to attend the training and education programs offered throughout the year.

If faculty or staff members receive reports of sexual misconduct from students, please follow the procedures outlined on the Live Responsibly website, including notifying SMU’s Title IX Coordinator as soon as possible. If faculty and staff have non-emergency concerns about a student’s health or well-being, they can be shared confidentially through the Dean of Students’ Caring Community Connections online form.

To “Live Responsibly” at SMU means treating one another with care and respect and knowing how to get help in times of need. As the academic year begins, I urge each of you to be informed about health and safety, and to Live Responsibly.

R. Gerald Turner
SMU President

By | 2014-08-25T13:58:05+00:00 August 25, 2014|Categories: News|

SMU supports national effort on sexual misconduct prevention

The U.S. Department of Education announced May 1 that procedures regarding sexual misconduct and harassment are being examined at 55 higher education institutions. (Read the announcement.)

The University announced in a statement that:

“SMU applauds the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to eradicate sexual violence on college campuses and to provide universities with additional tools to combat sexual assault. Our goals are the same.

“The matters under review by the Education Department have been investigated by SMU and predate our University task force review of sexual misconduct policies and procedures. The University has been aggressive in putting into practice wide-ranging new procedures to inform and protect our students, to provide prompt and effective resolution of complaints, and to hold violators accountable while treating all students fairly.

“SMU continually reviews and updates its programs in comparison with national benchmarks, and we are pleased that the White House also has made these matters a priority for all American universities. No issue is more important than the health and safety of our students.”

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By | 2014-05-06T11:09:30+00:00 May 2, 2014|Categories: News|

SMU Weather Update: Classes to resume Monday, Dec. 9

SMU will resume normal operations and class schedules Monday morning, Dec. 9, at both its main Dallas campus and at SMU-in-Plano.

We ask our community to continue to exercise caution and heed safety warnings. While SMU Facilities Services personnel are working to clear ice from campus walkways, be prepared to seek an alternative path if unsure of your footing. Also continue to avoid walking under trees as accumulated ice melts.

Please observe the following precautions:

  • Please use extreme caution. Don’t try to carry anything that isn’t necessary while walking.
  • Avoid inclines and ramps where possible.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks: If you think you may need assistance in getting from your car to your building, consider reaching out to someone in your work area prior to, or as you arrive, on campus.
  • Be aware that ice may still fall from trees and slide from roofs of SMU buildings. Use caution.
  • Report unsafe conditions to the Facilities Services Service Request Center at 214-768-3494; after hours, call SMU Police dispatch at 214-768-3333.)

For those who feel travel to campus Monday morning would be an unreasonable safety risk, please contact your supervisor or department head to discuss possible options, and students should contact their professors in advance.

Please also see the SMU Inclement Weather Policy.

 

By | 2013-12-08T18:28:09+00:00 December 8, 2013|Categories: News|

SMU Aware: Thursday evening SMU-in-Plano classes cancelled

SMU is monitoring weather conditions in North Texas.

Thursday evening classes at SMU-in-Plano have been cancelled due to inclement weather. Thursday evening classes will be held as scheduled on the main campus.

Any decision to close or delay opening Friday, Dec. 6, will be communicated by 6:30 a.m. Friday in the following ways:

  • An e-mail message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff.
  • A recorded message will be available at 214-SMU-INFO (214-768-4636). Please do not call the SMU Police Department.
  • Closing announcements will be posted on the SMU homepage at www.smu.edu, via SMU’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/smu and at facebook.com/smudallas

News media will be notified; however, SMU sources will be the most reliable.

SMU’s goal is to maintain the normal operations and educational processes of the University while remaining sensitive to safety concerns. Therefore, if SMU remains open, faculty, students and staff should report to their classrooms or offices as usual. If someone lives in an area that is affected by bad weather and feels that travel to campus would be an unreasonable safety risk, that individual should contact his or her supervisor or department head to discuss options, and students should contact their professors. For staff members, an absence when SMU is officially open can be taken as vacation leave. Emergency service personnel are expected to report to work in any case to keep essential services and operations functioning.

If SMU closes:

Dining Services on the main SMU campus
Dining services will be available even when the University closes because of inclement weather. Find information about hours of operation for SMU Dining Services online and on Facebook.

Fondren Library on the main SMU campus
When the University closes for inclement weather, Fondren Library expects to be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please check for any schedule changes on the CUL homepage.

SMU-in-Plano and other locations away from the main SMU campus
Separate decisions regarding closings or cancellations will be made for the Plano and Taos campuses. Those campuses are not automatically affected when the main campus is closed, or they may be closed when the main campus is not, depending on local conditions. Consult smu.edu for information.

By | 2013-12-06T05:25:56+00:00 December 5, 2013|Categories: News|

SMU Rises into Top 50 of Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges

Dallas Hall

SMU ranks No. 46 in Kiplinger’s new listing of the best values among private U.S. colleges. SMU’s ranking is up 23 places from 2012. The Kiplinger rankings are based on the cost to attend school, the financial aid available, student indebtedness, admission rate and yield, graduation rates and the academic support available to students.

By | 2013-10-17T16:08:59+00:00 October 17, 2013|Categories: News|Tags: , |

SMU Alert Update: Information regarding campus lockdown

SMU was locked down briefly the morning of Friday, May 10, in response to a potential threat.

After learning at approximately 8:35 a.m. about a potentially armed man in the vicinity, near Greenville Avenue and SMU Boulevard, the SMU campus began emergency actions. As the suspect’s location was being tracked via cellphone signal, SMU began locking exterior doors to campus facilities and notifying building managers of the possible threat.

At 9:06 a.m., the campus locked down. Students, faculty and staff were notified by alerts via text, phone, e-mail, social media and website. The lockdown ended at 9:16 a.m. after Dallas Police arrested the man on Mockingbird Lane east of US 75 (Central Expressway). The campus was informed to return to normal activities.

There is no indication that the suspect ever entered the SMU campus, west of Central Expressway. The University acted out of an abundance of caution based on information provided regarding the possible proximity of the suspect to campus. SMU appreciates the fast action of Dallas Police in apprehending the suspect.

Classes have ended for the semester, but final exams are in progress. SMU is making arrangements for students whose exams were interrupted to have them rescheduled.

SMU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers students access to round-the-clock psychological counseling. Students may call 214-768-2277 for information or visit the SMU Health Center, 6211 Bishop Blvd., during clinic hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.). After clinic hours, a mental health professional will be on call.

By | 2013-05-10T12:10:26+00:00 May 10, 2013|Categories: News|

J Term 2011 deadline extended to Dec. 10

j-term-logo-26oct2010.jpg With 18 courses still available, students can make the most of their winter break by enrolling in SMU’s “J Term,” or January Term. Now in its second year, the concentrated program of study, set for Jan. 4-13 at the SMU-in-Plano campus, allows students to complete one three-credit-hour course at a discounted tuition rate before the start of the spring semester.

The enrollment deadline has been extended to Friday, Dec. 10, for the 18 courses with seats available. They feature offerings from the Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Courses include “Management Concepts” for business minors and non-business majors, “Career Development Theory and Practice,” “Mass Media and Technology” and “Crime and Delinquency.”

“J Term allows students to pursue a very focused learning opportunity with SMU faculty members and adjunct professors,” says Kate Livingston, SMU-in-Plano campus director and director of the J-Term program. “These credit hours can help students accelerate their degree completion, earn a second major or minor, fulfill general education requirements or prerequisites, or just take a course of interest.”

J-Term courses are not available for registration through Access.SMU. To enroll, students should meet with an adviser to select appropriate courses and to complete the J-Term application form. The application must be received in Enrollment Services, faxed to 972-473-3433 or emailed to jterm@smu.edu by 4 p.m. Dec. 10.

> Read more from the SMU Parents blog
> Visit SMU-in-Plano online

By | 2010-12-06T14:17:09+00:00 December 6, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , |

Student filmmakers show their work at 2010 SFA festival

SMU's SFA Student Film Festival 2010 posterSMU’s best student films of 2009-10 will be on screen and competing for awards during the 2010 Student Filmmakers’ Association Film Festival. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village, 3699 McKinney Avenue at Lemmon Avenue.

Among the student films on the schedule are “Crazy Pig” and “Split,” which were showcased at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival earlier in April. The SFA will also screen some of its newest productions. Awards will be given to the best films in 7 different categories.

Both the admission and the food are free.

> RSVP to the SMU Student Film Festival on Facebook

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