Updated April 23, 2016:
SMU would like to make parents aware of two recent robberies and another attempted robbery on campus, and the University’s response to those incidents.
Posted at the bottom of this update are the campus alerts that were distributed via email to students and the rest of the campus community after each incident.
In the first case, which occurred at approximately 2 a.m. on April 17 on SMU Boulevard, a suspect was arrested April 22 in East Dallas by Dallas Police and was booked into the University Park jail, with more arrest warrants pending. Detectives from Dallas, SMU Police and the Richardson Police Department assisted in the University Park Police investigation.
The attempted robbery of a student at 3 a.m. April 21 near Hillcrest Avenue on the west edge of campus remains under investigation by SMU Police.
University Park Police are investigating a 2 a.m. April 23 robbery at a CVS Pharmacy on the east edge of campus near Mockingbird Lane and Central Expressway. No students were involved in this case.
The safety of the SMU community always is the University’s first concern. These cases are unusual for our community, with three robberies previously reported on campus in the last six years. Earlier this week SMU Police, who patrol campus 24/7, added additional car and bike patrols at night throughout the campus to provide extra security for the University community in the wake of these incidents.
Campus community members are urged to be aware of their surroundings and call police immediately if they see or hear anything suspicious. Because the SMU campus sits at the intersection of several police jurisdictions, 911 calls made from a cell phone can reach any one of them, depending on the caller’s location. For this reason, we ask students to program the SMU Police Department’s direct line, 214-768-3333, into their cell phones.
Blue-light emergency phones that connect directly to SMU Police are located throughout campus, including in parking garages and parking lots. In addition, security cameras are located across campus and in buildings, and are equipped to digitally record activity.
Students are urged to call for a security escort at night:
- Giddy-Up, 214-768-1111, offers free rides on campus from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the fall and spring terms.
- SMU Police, 214-768-3333, can provide campus rides when Giddy-Up is not available.
- SMU Rides, 214-768-7433, provides service 24 hours a day with an SMU ID; the full cost of the ride is charged to the rider’s SMU account.
SMU Police also provide crime prevention education and self-defense training to student groups, and are available upon request. Call 214-768-3333.
In addition to SMU Police, resources available to support students who may have concerns or questions include:
- SMU Counseling Services for confidential counseling, 214-768-2277 (an emergency contact is available 24/7)
- SMU Chaplain’s Office for confidential counseling, 214-768-4502
- Office of the Dean of Student Life, 214-768-4564
- Residence Life and Student Housing, 214-768-2407
Students, parents, faculty and staff also may submit confidential concerns about any student’s well-being online to the Caring Community Connections program, through which students will be connected with campus resources.
We ask that SMU students remember that information may be reported anonymously through the SMU Police Department’s Silent Witness Program by calling 214-SMU-2TIP or online at www.smu.edu/2tip.
Please see, below, the text of the campus alerts that were distributed via email to the campus community after each incident.