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Forecast calls for…the SMU inclement-weather policy

Originally posted Jan. 7, 2011.

Snowman outside Perkins Chapel, SMUA North Texas winter can bring dangerous conditions, even when it’s not freezing. SMU aims to remain open – but when the weather warrants closing or delays, the University has procedures in place to ensure that students, faculty and staff know where to go for information.

  • If a decision is made to close or delay, an e-mail message will be sent to all students, faculty and staff.
  • Closing announcements will be available by phone at 214-SMU-INFO (214-768-4636).
  • In addition, closing announcements will be posted on the SMU website and through SMU’s Twitter feed (twitter.com/SMU) and Facebook page (facebook.com/smudallas).
  • SMU News will contact the news media.

> Learn more at the University’s Inclement Weather Policy page

By | 2011-01-31T15:08:39+00:00 January 31, 2011|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Flu shot clinics scheduled for Nov. 10-11

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotGet protected now for upcoming exams and holidays: The SMU Health Center will offer two 2010 flu shot clinics this week on the University’s main campus.

Faculty, staff members and students can get their shots 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 11 in the Memorial Health Center.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

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

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

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

By | 2010-11-10T09:39:37+00:00 November 10, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , , |

November flu shot clinics scheduled for main campus

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotThe SMU Health Center has scheduled 2010 flu shot clinics for the first two Wednesdays of November on the University’s main campus.

Faculty, staff members and students can get their shots 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 in the Memorial Health Center.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

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

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

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

By | 2010-11-02T14:24:11+00:00 November 2, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Flu shot clinic at SMU-in-Plano Oct. 27

Stock photo of a man receiving a flu shotThe SMU Health Center has organized a 2010 flu shot clinic for students, faculty and staff members at SMU-in-Plano. The clinic will take place 4-6 p.m. Oct. 27 in Building 3.

Additional clinics have also been scheduled for the main campus. Faculty and staff members can get their shots 2-4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Memorial Health Center.

The University pays for flu shots for all benefit-eligible faculty and staff. Other faculty and staff members, as well as spouses, may purchase shots for $25.

This year, a single shot will protect against H1N1, or the swine flu, and two other widespread flu strains that affected the Southern Hemisphere during the last flu season. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older be vaccinated.

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

• Complete the 2010-11 Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with you.
• Review the Health Center’s Health Information Privacy Policy (HIPAA).
• Review the flu vaccine information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
• Bring your SMU ID or ID number to the clinic.

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

By | 2010-10-27T09:49:24+00:00 October 27, 2010|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , , |

State Department urges caution for travel to Mexico, Europe

Stock photo of travelers in an airportThe Bureau of Consular Affairs for the U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for Mexico because of drug-related violence, particularly in the northern border regions, and a travel alert for Europe because of heightened concerns about potential terrorist attacks.

If you are planning to travel to Mexico, or are currently in Mexico, please consult the travel warning and the U.S. Embassy’s Mexico Security Update.

If you are planning to travel to Europe, or are currently in Europe, please consult the travel alert, the regularly updated Worldwide Caution and the country-specific information found through the Department’s homepage.

State Department Tips for Those Traveling in Mexico include:

  • If you believe you are being targeted for kidnapping or other crimes, notify Mexican law enforcement officials and the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City or the nearest U.S. consulate as soon as possible.
  • Make every attempt to travel on main roads during daylight hours, particularly the toll (“cuota”) roads, which generally are more secure.
  • Stay in the well-known tourist areas. Leave your itinerary with a friend or family member not traveling with you and avoid traveling alone.
  • Check with your cellular provider prior to departure to confirm that your cell phone is capable of roaming on GSM or 3G international networks.
  • Do not display expensive-looking jewelry or large amounts of money.
  • Be alert to pickpockets and general street crime throughout Mexico, but especially in large cities.
  • Monitor local media for information about fast-breaking situations that could affect their security.

State Department Tips for Those Traveling Abroad include:

  • Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency.
  • Sign your passport, and fill in the emergency information.
  • Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
  • Ask your medical insurance company if your policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation.
  • Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws.
  • To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money.
  • In case of emergency, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

If you need more information or have additional questions, call 214-768-4475.

By | 2010-10-13T13:24:41+00:00 October 13, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Annual night-lighting tour scheduled for Oct. 5

Dallas Hall at nightSMU’s 2010 tour of its nighttime lighting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the flagpole on the Main Quad. All interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.

The University sponsors the tour each year to help educate campus community members about the best after-dark travel paths, as well as to look for lighting deficiencies.

2010 Clery Act report now online

Students on campus with bikes, fallSMU is committed to fostering a safe 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 by Oct. 1 each year in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Under this federal law, colleges and universities must disclose specific information about campus crime and security policies.

The SMU reports contain three calendar years of crime statistics, including incidents occurring on campus, at public areas adjacent to campus 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 other University officials who have significant responsibility for students and campus activities.

The report is available online at the SMU Police Department website.

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and its accompanying regulations (HEOA) established new requirements for colleges and universities in the areas of personal safety and crime reporting, and also require for the first time that institutions issue an Annual Fire Report, similar to the crime and incident reporting in the Clery Annual Security Report.

“As you know, safety awareness and practices are a major focus of student orientation programs each year, complementing ongoing educational programming throughout the year. We encourage students, faculty and staff to be partners with us in enhancing security on campus and to share responsibility for their safety by heeding laws and regulations, taking safety precautions and avoiding behavior that puts them at risk,” wrote SMU President R. Gerald Turner in an e-mail dated Oct. 1, 2010. “We must remain mindful, for example, that while SMU’s campus engenders a comfort level one would expect of a collegiate setting, our location in a major metropolitan area brings with it challenges as well as opportunities.”

To request a paper copy of the University’s annual security report, call the SMU Police Department at 214-768-1348 or e-mail Officer Linda Perez.

Read more about SMU’s campus security and safety programs, as well as highlights of the new requirements under the HEOA, after the jump.

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By | 2010-10-01T16:35:05+00:00 October 1, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |
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