Check the forecast, then check SMU’s inclement weather policy

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Check the forecast, then check SMU’s inclement weather policy

Snow day at Dallas Hall, SMUIt’s that time of year when weather conditions may cause schools and businesses to close early or open late. And even when it’s unseasonably warm, Texas weather can change in an instant.

When conditions warrant closing or delays, SMU has procedures in place to ensure that students, faculty and staff know where to go for information. As soon as a decision is made, the following steps are taken to notify the University community:

  • 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 website, via SMU’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/smu and at facebook.com/smudallas.

The Office of News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 6 a.m. if day classes must be cancelled. If it becomes necessary to cancel evening classes or events, News and Communications will attempt to contact the news media by 4 p.m.

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.

SMU cannot guarantee that local media will announce closing information promptly or fully. Therefore, confirm information from non-SMU sources against official University communications. Individual schools, colleges and departments are not authorized to make their own decisions on closings, delayed openings or cancellation of classes.

The University maintains a webpage devoted to weather policy at smu.edu/weather. Check it frequently for the most current information, including inclement weather plans for Dining Services and SMU libraries.

Visit SMU’s Inclement Weather Policy page

November 22, 2013|News|

2013 Clery Report now available online

SMU students on McFarlin Auditorium steps at duskSMU is committed to fostering a secure learning and working environment for our campus community.  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.

Read the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report online

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 DepartmentHighland Park Police DepartmentDallas Police Department, Houston Police DepartmentPlano Police DepartmentTaos County Sheriff’s Department in New Mexico and University officials with significant responsibility for students and campus activities.

In addition, the report contains policies and procedures for enhancing campus security and individual safety, including the Giddy UpSafe RidesSecurity Escort and awareness programs; methods by which the campus is alerted to crimes; the anonymous reporting system; and assistance for victims of sex offenses.

If you would like a paper copy of the University’s annual security report, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-1348 or e-mail Officer Linda Perez.

October 9, 2013|News|

SMU’s Fall 2013 flu shot clinics begin Sept. 25

Stock photo of man receiving shotSMU’s Memorial Health Center has scheduled several Fall 2013 flu shot clinics for September and October, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 25 in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

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

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

  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 – 2-6 p.m., Dedman Center Lobby
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m., Dedman Center Lobby
  • Monday, Sept. 30 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Underwood Law Library Pit
  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 – 2-6 p.m., Memorial Health Center
  • Tuesday, Oct. 15 (HR Fair) – 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Hughes-Trigg Student Center
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 – 1:30-4 p.m., Expressway Tower, East Campus
  • Thursday, Oct. 24 – 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.

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

September 19, 2013|News, Save the Date|

Campus law enforcement accreditation team to visit SMU

An invited team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will examine all aspects of SMU Police Department policy, procedures, management, operation and support services in September, SMU Police Chief Rick Shafer announced today.

The visit, scheduled for Sept. 22, 2013, is part of a voluntary accreditation process by which the assessment team verifies that the SMU Police Department meets IACLEA’s standards. IACLEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, Shafer said.

The SMU Police Department must comply with 203 different IACLEA standards to achieve accreditation. “It’s important to us to adhere to industry standards and to be familiar with the latest and most effective law-enforcement techniques,” Shafer said. “Outside assessments such as the accreditation process help to confirm our status as a leading-edge police department.”

As part of the accreditation process, University community members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments. Individuals may give telephone comments directly to the assessment team at 214-768-0803 from 8-11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23.

Written comments about the SMU Police Department’s ability to comply with the accreditation standards may be submitted to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main St., West Hartford CT 06117-2507.

All comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA standards. A copy of the standards is available for viewing at the SMU Police Department, located at 3128 Dyer St. on the SMU campus. To view the standards, please contact SMU Police Sgt. Brian Kelly, accreditation manager for the SMU Police Department, at 214-768-1577.

The assessment team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from outside of Texas. The assessors are Capt. Gary Heller, Amtrak Police Department, team leader; and Capt. John K. Jacobs, University of Richmond.

The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. Once they complete their review, they will report back to IACLEA, which will decide if the SMU Police Department will receive renewed accredited status, Kelly said.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

> Visit the SMU Police Department online

August 22, 2013|News, Save the Date|

Fall 2012 flu shots still available during Health Center clinic hours

Stock photo of a man getting a flu shotFlu shot clinics are done for the Fall 2012 term, but SMU faculty, staff and students can still get their annual injections at the University’s Memorial Health Center, while supplies last, through Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

Health Center hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. No appointment is necessary.

The University offers free flu shots for all SMU students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, retirees and retiree spouses. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

To shorten your wait at the flu clinic, take these steps:

Keep up with the latest flu information at smu.edu/flu
Visit the SMU Health Center online

December 10, 2012|News|
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