Category Archives: Health and Safety

Welcoming Traditions for New Students and Parents

SMU helps incoming students and their families transition from high school to college with Academic Advising, Registration and Orientation (AARO). The two-day orientation sessions run from July 7 to August 4, and will be followed August 21-23 by Mustang Corral, a three-day off-campus retreat.

At AARO, first-year and transfer students and their families learn about campus resources and academic expectations, while connecting with faculty, staff and current and incoming students. During their AARO sessions, students:

  • Meet faculty members and other new students
  • Meet and have one-on-one meetings with their academic adviser
  • Register for fall classes
 in enrollment labs with their adviser
  • Receive their SMU ID
  • Meet their AARO leaders, who are current SMU students
  • Spend the night in Boaz, one of SMU’s Residential Commons
  • Learn about campus involvement opportunities
 and employment

Along with their students, parents will learn about SMU academics and resources, and are encouraged to attend special parent and family programming.

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At Mustang Corral in August, during the second step of the orientation process, incoming students will participate in group discussions, an introduction to the Residential Commons, diversity activities and self-assessments. They will learn about University traditions and interact with faculty, staff and students.

Students participating in Mustang Corral move into their residence halls August 20. They will be assigned a move-in time in August. The deadline to register for Mustang Corral is August 15.

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Medical Services Offered at Loyd Center

As of June 6, the Health Center is temporarily offering medical services at the Loyd All-Sports Center, 5800 Ownby Drive. Medical services will be available from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on the lower level, room L007.

For Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS), call 214-768-2277 or 214-768-2860.

For more information, call the Health Center at 214-768-2141 or the nurse hotline at 214-768-3194.

The SMU Pharmacy is available to transfer students’ prescriptions to the pharmacy of their choice. Pease call the pharmacy at 214-768-2149 and leave a message with the following information:

  • Your name and student ID;
  • The prescription number if available or the name of the medication;
  • The pharmacy name and number where you want the prescription transferred;
  • A phone number in case the SMU Pharmacy needs to contact you.

Please allow 24 hours for transfers. Any transfer request left after 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday will be handled the following Monday. Prescriptions can be transferred back to the SMU Pharmacy when it reopens.

In case of emergency, students are asked to call 911 or SMU Police at 214-768-3333. Local hospitals and emergency resources are listed on the Health Center website. Students also may visit area clinics, including QuestCare, 3414 Milton in Snider Plaza, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; call 214-368-4822.

The Health Center is preparing for the demolition of the Memorial Health Center and the subsequent construction of the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center. Health Center staff members thank SMU students, faculty and staff for their support during this transition period.

Other changes during the transition include:

For more information, please contact Assistant Director of Health Education Lisa Joyner at 214-768-2393 or ljoyner@smu.edu.

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SMU Supports National Effort on Sexual Misconduct Prevention

The U.S. Department of Education announced May 1 that procedures regarding sexual misconduct and harassment are being examined at 55 higher education institutions. (Read the announcement.)

The University announced in a statement that:

“SMU applauds the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to eradicate sexual violence on college campuses and to provide universities with additional tools to combat sexual assault. Our goals are the same.

“The matters under review by the Education Department have been investigated by SMU and predate our University task force review of sexual misconduct policies and procedures. The University has been aggressive in putting into practice wide-ranging new procedures to inform and protect our students, to provide prompt and effective resolution of complaints, and to hold violators accountable while treating all students fairly.

“SMU continually reviews and updates its programs in comparison with national benchmarks, and we are pleased that the White House also has made these matters a priority for all American universities. No issue is more important than the health and safety of our students.”

SMU provided additional information:

The Department of Education is reviewing three SMU cases that predate the University’s Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures. One case involved a complaint of inappropriate language in a classroom; one involved an alleged sexual assault that was later dismissed by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office; and the third case, which does not involve a sexual assault allegation, is currently the subject of litigation.

A year ago, SMU President R. Gerald Turner adopted the task force’s recommendations for new and revised policies and procedures, including programs promoting education and training. Students, faculty and staff members have implemented many of these recommendations and continue to develop others.

  • Read an op-ed about sexual misconduct prevention efforts from Vice President for Student Affairs Lori S. White and SMU Title IX Coordinator Samantha Thomas in the May 2 Daily Campus.

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Parents Asked to Be Aware of Potential Phone Scam

SMU parents and grandparents are asked to be aware that a nationwide phone and email scam has been targeting grandparents for several years. An SMU Mothers’ Club member has reported that her parents recently received a call seeking money, supposedly to help their grandson, a college student in Louisiana.

The FBI provides helpful information about this so-called “grandparent scam” online. The FBI recommends that anyone who receives a call seeking money should:

  • Resist the pressure to act quickly
  • Try to contact your grandchild or another family member to determine whether or not the call is legitimate.
  • Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an email, especially overseas. Wiring money is like giving cash, once you send it, you can’t get it back.

 

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Weather Update: SMU Is Open Friday, February 7

The University is open today, February 7, for normal business operations and classes are being held as scheduled.

Following is information from the SMU Weather Policy:

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.

SMU’s goal is to maintain the normal operations and educational processes of the University while remaining sensitive to safety concerns. Therefore, if SMU remains open, faculty, students and staff should report to their classrooms or offices as usual.

However, if someone lives in an area that is affected by bad weather and feels that travel to campus would be an unreasonable safety risk, that individual should contact his or her supervisor or department head to discuss possible options, and students should contact their professors in advance.

Emergency service personnel are expected to report to work in any case to keep essential services and operations functioning.

Visit SMU’s Inclement Weather Policy page

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SMU Urges Flu Shots and Other Preventive Measures

With the arrival of flu season across the country and in North Texas, SMU health officials are urging students, faculty and staff to take preventive measures to protect their health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, cases of influenza are expected to increase. Because flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, SMU health officials recommend that students get a flu shot if they have not yet done so.

Before the spring term begins, all students, including those participating in fraternity and sorority recruitment and other activities, are urged to get a flu shot from their local pharmacy, clinic or physician’s office. Students should get vaccinated as soon as possible to allow time to develop protection against the flu.

Flu shots also are available at no cost from the SMU Health Center, while supplies last. The Health Center is offering flu shots from 1 to 2:30 p.m. January 8, 9 and 10.

Students are asked to bring their SMU IDs to the Health Center and complete the online Flu Vaccine Form and bring it with them.

Beginning January 13, when the Health Center resumes normal operating hours, flu shots will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; students without an appointment may experience a wait. Flu shots also will be offered during immunization clinics Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

Please contact the Health Center at 214-768-2141 for more information, or visit smu.edu/flu.

Read below for more precautions students should take against the flu:

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SMU Weather Update: Classes to Resume Monday, Dec. 9

SMU will resume normal operations and class schedules Monday morning, Dec. 9, at both its main Dallas campus and at SMU-in-Plano.

SMU asks our community to continue to exercise caution and heed safety warnings. While SMU Facilities Services personnel are working to clear ice from campus walkways, students, faculty and staff should be prepared to seek an alternative path if unsure of their footing. They also should continue to avoid walking under trees as accumulated ice melts.

Students, faculty and staff are asked to observe the following precautions:

  • Please use extreme caution. Don’t try to carry anything that isn’t necessary while walking.
  • Avoid inclines and ramps where possible.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks: If you think you may need assistance in getting from your car to your building, consider reaching out to someone in your work area prior to, or as you arrive, on campus.
  • Be aware that ice may still fall from trees and slide from roofs of SMU buildings. Use caution.
  • Report unsafe conditions to the Facilities Services Service Request Center at 214-768-3494; after hours, call SMU Police dispatch at 214-768-3333.)

Students should contact their professors in advance if they feel travel to campus Monday morning would be an unreasonable safety risk.

Please also see the SMU Inclement Weather Policy.

 

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SMU Is Monitoring Weather; Weekend Classes Cancelled

SMU Update, Sunday, December 8: All classes and exams are cancelled this weekend on the main SMU campus and at SMU-in-Plano due to inclement weather.

SMU continues to monitor the weather situation in consultation with safety officials and will post updates at smu.edu and on Twitter and Facebook.

SMU students are asked to be aware that heavy ice accumulation has compromised the strength of tree branches on the main campus. Students should use extreme caution when approaching or passing under overhanging branches. Students should use alternate routes to avoid passing under trees, and refrain from parking under or near any trees close to parking areas.

Dining Services on the main SMU campus
Dining services will be available even when the University closes because of inclement weather.  RFoC at Umphrey Lee will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. All other on-campus dining locations will be closed Saturday. Find the most current information about hours of operation for SMU Dining Services online and on Facebook.

Fondren Library on the main SMU campus
When the University closes for inclement weather, Fondren Library expects to be open. Hours of operation will be posted on the CUL homepage.

Meadows School of the Arts events
For the latest information on Meadows School of the Arts events, including cancellations, see the Events area of their homepage at www.smu.edu/meadows.

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Health Center Offers Fall 2013 Flu Shot Clinics

Stock photo of man receiving shotSMU’s Memorial Health Center has scheduled several Fall 2013 flu shot clinics for September, October and November.

Update: Additional clinics offered Nov. 6 and Nov. 20 (more information below)

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 students, faculty and staff 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
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 – 1:30-4 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
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 – 1:30-4 p.m., Memorial Health Center
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 1:30-4 p.m., Memorial Health Center

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 at smu.edu/flu
Dallas County influenza resources and updates available at dallascounty.org

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Annual Clery Act 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 (pdf) 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 SMU’s Annual Security Report (pdf)

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 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 Rides, Security 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.

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