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.