SMU continues to monitor Ebola information

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SMU continues to monitor Ebola information

SMU remains in close contact with national, state and local health agencies to closely monitor information related to the Ebola virus. The University’s health and safety protocols, as well as resources for travel and other activities, have been outlined in a message to University parents and through the SMU News homepage.

Please monitor these links for updates, as well as important information SMU is sharing with parents and students.

> See the University statement from SMU News
> Read more from the SMU Parents blog

October 17, 2014|News|

2014 security and fire safety report for the SMU campuses now available online

The following message from SMU President R. Gerald Turner was sent to students, faculty and staff on October 1, 2014:

Dear members of the SMU community:

SMU is committed to fostering a learning and working environment that supports health and safety. As part of that commitment, the SMU Police Department prepares and distributes an annual security report for the University’s main campus, the SMU-in-Plano campus and the SMU-in-Taos campus. This report is published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and its accompanying regulations also require that institutions issue an annual fire report, which is included in the security report.

The SMU report covers three calendar years, including incidents occurring on its campuses, at public areas adjacent to campuses and at certain non-campus facilities, including Greek houses and remote classrooms. Information also is gathered from the University Park Police Department, Highland Park Police Department, Dallas Police Department, Plano Police Department, Taos County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico and University officials with significant responsibility for students and campus activities.

The report is available online at smu.edu/CleryReport. If you would like a paper copy of the University’s annual security and fire safety report, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-1348 or e-mail lindaperez@smu.edu.

In addition to security policies and crime statistics, the report contains information about programs and procedures for enhancing campus security and individual safety. These resources include emergency response plans and notification systems, blue-light emergency phones across campus that connect directly to SMU Police, campus-wide crime alerts, the Silent Witness Program for anonymous crime tips, and the SMU Police Security Escort Program, Giddy-Up and SMU Rides.

Many campus officials who support campus security are highlighted in this report. I urge you to know how to reach these officials and to participate in the education and training they provide throughout the year, including crime prevention programs offered by SMU Police and emergency drills coordinated by the Office of Risk Management.

Two serious health and safety issue at colleges and universities nationwide, including at SMU, are substance abuse and sexual misconduct. This report contains information about policies, reporting procedures, education and prevention initiatives, and resources available to help, including the Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, SMU Police, the SMU Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, the Coordinator of Psychological Services for Women and Gender Issues, and the Women & LGBT Center. Information also is available online at smu.edu/LiveResponsibly.

All students, faculty and staff members play an important role in their own and our community’s well-being. Each of us is asked to be informed and aware, to respect all community members and to uphold high standards of behavior. Thank you for supporting our collective efforts to provide an exceptional academic environment in which all of us can do our best work.

Sincerely,

President R. Gerald Turner

October 1, 2014|News|

SMU’s Fall 2014 flu shot clinics now in session

Stock photo of man receiving shotSMU’s Memorial Health Center has scheduled several Fall 2014 flu shot clinics for September and October, with an upcoming session scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports lobby.

Clinics will take place at various places around the main campus, as well as the East Campus and SMU-in-Plano. All clinics are open to students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, SMU retirees and retiree spouses.

Update your vaccination during the following days and times at these locations:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 – 2-6 p.m., Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports lobby
  • Thursday, Sept. 25 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m., Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports lobby
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Law School Pit, Underwood Law Library
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Shuttles Hall lobby
  • Wednesday, Oct. 15 (HR Fair) – 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 22 – 1:30-3:30 p.m., Expressway Tower, East Campus
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28 – 4-6 p.m., SMU-in-Plano

The University offers free flu shots for all SMU students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses. Retirees and retiree spouses may get their shots at any SMU flu clinic. Dependents may also receive their flu shots at an SMU clinic at a cost of $25 each.

To keep your clinic visit as short as possible, take these steps:

> Keep up with the latest flu information at smu.edu/flu
> Dallas County influenza resources and updates available at dallascounty.org
> Find statewide resources at TexasFlu.org

September 24, 2014|News, Save the Date|

SMU recognized by U.S. Department of Homeland Security for antiterrorism preparedness, effectiveness under the SAFETY Act

DHS Designated SAFETY Act sealThe SMU Police Department & Emergency Management Program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for antiterrorism preparedness and effectiveness.

In the process, SMU has become the first university in the United States to receive the SAFETY Act Designation, conferred to providers of “qualified antiterrorism technologies that could save lives in the event of a terrorist attack.”

The University was recognized for “employ[ing] exceptional efforts to promote security/safety on campus.” The SMU Police Department submitted its antiterrorism preparedness program to the DHS Office of SAFETY Act for evaluation.

The DHS evaluation focused on two factors: the effectiveness of the program to substantially reduce risks of harm; and its demonstrated substantial effectiveness upon deployment or use.

SMU initiated antiterrorism planning after Sept. 11, 2001 and has built upon the effort in each successive year. The program was tested in preparation for the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremonies, as well as during the event itself, when all five living U.S. presidents visited the SMU campus.

The Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act was enacted by Congress as part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. To attain SAFETY Act Designation, an entity must submit extensive documentation of its anti-terrorism program, including training, drills and exercises, planning, and partnerships with other terrorism response agencies at the local, state and federal levels.

August 4, 2014|For the Record, News|

SMU Health Center offers flu shots ahead of Spring Term 2014

Stock photo of inoculation syringeSMU’s Memorial Health Center has dedicated afternoon hours this week to offer flu shots for students, faculty and staff members. The Spring 2014 term begins Friday, Jan. 17.

Faculty, staff and students can update their inoculations from 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 10. The flu shots will be available 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday when the Health Center resumes regular hours on Monday, Jan. 13.

The University offers free flu shots for all SMU students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses.

To keep your clinic visit as short as possible, take these steps:

Keep up with the latest flu information, including upcoming clinic schedules, at smu.edu/flu.

Dallas County influenza resources and updates are available at dallascounty.org.

January 7, 2014|News, Save the Date|
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