public safety

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: , , , , , |

SMU establishes new policies, procedures on workplace violence

(Originally published Aug. 13, 2010.)

Stock photo of business people in an escalating argumentNo campus is immune from the possibility of violence by one community member against another. This summer, SMU has taken steps to ensure that all faculty and staff members have easy access to University resources when harassment, intimidation and other hostile acts are committed or threatened in the workplace.

“For some time now, we have been interested in getting a formal workplace-violence policy and program in place,” says Jeff Strese, SMU Director of Human Resources. The departments responsible for preventing and reacting to risk have been working together for years, he says. Human Resources, Legal Affairs, the SMU Police Department, Institutional Access and Equity, and Risk Management meet regularly to deal with high-risk issues and involve one another as appropriate.

Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Business Services Bill Detwiler and Vice President for Legal Affairs Paul Ward spearheaded the effort to improve connection and communication among these areas. “This is an opportunity to better deploy the resources that already exist,” Strese says. “It creates an umbrella for the whole University that allows our offices to work together to respond to or mitigate any risk.”

Campuses across the country have begun to focus on raising awareness of workplace violence during the past year, Strese adds. The issue came to national attention in February 2010, when a University of Alabama-Huntsville professor who had been denied tenure shot six colleagues in a departmental staff meeting, killing three.

“When you look at case studies of campus violence, you find that in every single one of them there was previous knowledge and concern,” Strese says. “We intend to streamline the information-gathering process so that intervention can occur earlier in situations where there is an emerging threat or risk, whether it comes from inside or outside this community.”

SMU’s program includes a new policy on workplace violence, added to the University Policy Manual in August. Policy No. 10.12 in the Public Safety section includes clear descriptions of prohibited behaviors, as well as procedures for reporting violence and threats of violence from an SMU community member or visitor.

A new website, smu.edu/workplaceviolence, provides e-mail and telephone contacts for reporting concerns securely and confidentially. It also serves as a clearinghouse for information on policy and procedure.

In addition, the University has established a Workplace Violence Assessment Team, which includes representatives from the offices of the Provost, Risk Management, Legal Affairs and Human Resources. The team will meet as needed to review individual cases and recommend appropriate responses in accordance with University policies. Other staff or faculty members, or both, may be invited to join on a case-by-case basis.

The new program “is not intended to supersede any existing policies or processes, such as those coordinated by the Office of Student Life or the Ethics and Tenure Committee,” says Anita Ingram, SMU Executive Director of Risk Management. The Workplace Violence Assessment Team will review each case it receives to determine if it should be referred to the appropriate area, she says.

> Learn more at smu.edu/workplaceviolence
> Find SMU’s University Policy Manual online

Winter weather: What to do

WInterWeather-thumb.jpgIt’s the time of year when weather conditions may cause schools and businesses to close – and even when it’s unseasonably warm, Texas weather can change in an instant.

When conditions warrant 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 may be obtained by calling 214-SMU-INFO (214-768-4636).
  • Closing announcements will be posted on the SMU website and via SMU’s Twitter feed at twitter.com/smu.
  • SMU News will contact the news media.

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

By | 2010-02-10T10:40:01+00:00 February 10, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

2009 Clery Act reports now online

students-at-night-.jpgSMU is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment for its 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 in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

These reports, published by Oct. 1 each year and posted online at smu.edu/pd, 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.

SMU encourages students, faculty and staff to be partners 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. 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 under the link.

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By | 2009-10-01T12:57:53+00:00 October 1, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Lighting Walk, National Night Out promote campus safety

SMU with Dallas evening skylineSMU’s 2008 Lighting Walk took place Oct. 7 in support of National Night Out. Personnel from SMU’s Physical Plant, Police and Risk Management departments gave presentations and discussed campus lighting needs in the context of safety, security, functionality and aesthetics.

As Daylight Savings Time draws to a close and the end-of-day walk to the car is darker than ever, SMU’s Park ‘N Pony office provides maps that mark lighted pathways to and from the employee, student and visitor parking areas. Pick up one or all at Parking and ID Card Services on the first floor of Hughes-Trigg Student Center.

2008 Clery Act reports now available

Students on campus in autumnThe SMU Police Department prepares and distributes an annual security report for the University’s main campus, the SMU-in-Legacy campus and the SMU-in-Taos campus in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

These reports, published by Oct. 1 each year, contain three calendar years’ worth of crime statistics, including incidents occurring on campus, public areas adjacent to campus, and certain non-campus facilities including Greek houses and remote classrooms.

Statistics are also 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 SMU Police Department makes these reports available at no cost via the following web pages (PDF format):

SMU Main Campus
SMU-in-Legacy Campus
SMU-in-Taos Campus

Request a paper copy of this report by contacting the SMU Police Department at 8-1348, via e-mail to Officer Linda Korbelic-Perez, or by mail to Korbelic-Perez at SMU Box 750334.

SMU’s daily crime log on the web

By | 2008-10-02T13:20:19+00:00 October 2, 2008|Categories: News|Tags: , , |
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