Latest Updates

  • Severe weather alert [6.5.2024]
    [5:45 a.m.] Flash flood warning in place for the SMU area until 8 a.m. Please exercise caution while driving. Monitor local media. [5:00 a.m.] Severe weather, seek shelter NOW. Get inside a building, away from windows. More info soon. ABOUT THE OUTDOOR SIREN SYSTEMThe outdoor warning siren system on SMU’s campus is activated by the… Read more: Severe weather alert [6.5.2024]
  • Severe weather information [6.2.2024]
    [8:01 p.m.] High water is receding. Bishop Blvd has reopened. Report flooding issues to SMU PD at 214-768-3388. Updates here as they become available. [7:22 p.m.] Storms are causing flooding. Bishop Blvd is closed due to high water. Report weather concerns to SMU PD at 214-768-3388. [6:53 p.m.] SMU Alert! Severe weather, seek shelter NOW.… Read more: Severe weather information [6.2.2024]
  • Severe weather alert [5.28.2024]
    [10:32 a.m.] We understand that many of you may be dealing with power outages, increased traffic, downed tree limbs, and localized flooding on roadways, following this morning’s storm. Your safety is important. While campus is operating normally, if you are unable to safely get to campus, please notify your supervisor. More storms are forecasted. Check… Read more: Severe weather alert [5.28.2024]
  • SMU Advisory: Water pellet shootings
    April 17, 2024 SMU Police report two concerning incidents involving water gel pellets shot from a car on our campus. Two students reported being struck by water pellets fired from a moving vehicle at approximately 12:15 a.m. Wednesday on Bishop Blvd. Additionally, several students reported being struck by water gel pellets from a moving vehicle… Read more: SMU Advisory: Water pellet shootings
  • SMU Alert: Person of concern Ian James Smith
    April 12, 2024 [8:06 p.m.] SMU Police have apprehended Ian James Smith. SMUPD detectives arrested Smith today on outstanding warrants, including stalking and violating a criminal trespass warning. Smith is unaffiliated with SMU and prohibited from being on any SMU property. Police received a report this morning of a sighting of Smith on campus, resulting… Read more: SMU Alert: Person of concern Ian James Smith
  • Solar Eclipse Preparedness
    Dear SMU Community, Monday will be an extraordinary day on campus and in our surrounding region. Dallas lies within the path of totality for the upcoming total solar eclipse. During this event, the moon will completely obscure the sun for approximately four minutes, from 1:40 to 1:44 p.m. With over 400,000 visitors expected in the… Read more: Solar Eclipse Preparedness
  • Classes, operations resume on Wednesday, January 17
    SMU classes and operations will resume as scheduled on Wednesday, January 17. The dining halls (Arnold, Lee) and retail locations, SMU Libraries and Dedman Center will operate as scheduled and open at regular business hours Wednesday. Given the recent extreme cold, there might be lingering impacts. Report any water leaks or damage in on-campus housing,… Read more: Classes, operations resume on Wednesday, January 17
  • Classes canceled Tuesday, January 16
    Updated Tuesday (1/16/2024) at 12 p.m. Due to inclement weather, all undergraduate and most graduate classes on Tuesday, January 16, are canceled. Information on certain graduate or professional courses is available here. The dining halls (Arnold, Lee) and Mac’s Place will operate as scheduled. Starbucks is open and closes at 5 p.m. Chick-Fil-A, Panera and… Read more: Classes canceled Tuesday, January 16
  • Winter weather safety [1/12/2024]
    January 12, 2024 Dear SMU Community, Frigid temperatures and inclement weather are forecasted Sunday through Tuesday. SMU is observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday and classes resume on Tuesday. Please be prepared for the unusually cold weather and check back here for updates on any operational changes. PREPARE AND STAY INFORMED RESOURCES… Read more: Winter weather safety [1/12/2024]
  • Timely Warning Update: Person of concern in custody
    [5:56 p.m. UPDATE]: Here is an update to the SMU Warning sent earlier today.  Dallas police have 27-year-old Shane Patrick Hubenak of Dallas in custody. Hubenak is under investigation for threats against persons associated with SMU, his family members, and to businesses in other areas in Texas. He is also wanted on warrants for terroristic… Read more: Timely Warning Update: Person of concern in custody
  • Pedestrian Safety Reminders
    October 24, 2023 Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, In the hustle and bustle of campus life in the middle of a busy urban area, pedestrian safety cannot be overlooked. It is not just an individual duty, but a shared commitment to protect each member of our community. By prioritizing pedestrian safety, we create a safer… Read more: Pedestrian Safety Reminders
  • Attempted Robbery Reported [10/18/23]
    SMU Warning ­–A student reported to SMU Police that a man with a knife attempted to rob the student in the 5300 block of East Mockingbird near campus just before 9 p.m. (10-18-2023). The student was able to get away and contact police. The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, wearing dark-colored… Read more: Attempted Robbery Reported [10/18/23]
  • A message from SMU Aware
    Dear SMU Community, You may be aware of calls for demonstrations across the world in connection with the war in Israel and Gaza. Please know that there is no indication of any threat to SMU and the campus is operating normally. SMU Police remain in constant contact with local, state and federal law enforcement partners,… Read more: A message from SMU Aware
  • SMU Advisory: Scam Phone Calls [10/6/2023]
    SMU Police have received reports of individuals fraudulently claiming to be SMU Police officers. The callers say they are working a Homeland Security case and request money. The callers have been spoofing a phone number (214-768-3388) and/or caller ID that makes the number appear to be originating from SMU Police. Please be advised that SMU… Read more: SMU Advisory: Scam Phone Calls [10/6/2023]
  • SMU Advisory [10/5/2023]
    [3:38 p.m.]Emergency responders at the Bush Center at SMU Blvd. & Binkley Ave. Avoid the area until further notice. [4:06 p.m.]: Police are investigating a suspicious report at the Bush Center on SMU Blvd. Avoid the immediate area around the Bush Center, use an alternate route & expect traffic delays. Drivers leaving campus are advised… Read more: SMU Advisory [10/5/2023]
  • Attempted Auto Burglary [09/22/2023]
    SMU Advisory – SMU Police are investigating an attempted auto burglary behind Phi Delta Theta House at 3056 SMU Boulevard early this morning (9-22-2023). Officers arrested one person. Two others fled. At approximately 3:50 AM, SMU police received a report of a suspicious individual in the north alley of the 3000 block of SMU Blvd. Video… Read more: Attempted Auto Burglary [09/22/2023]
  • Indoor notification test set for Friday, Sept. 8
    Dear SMU Community, As part of National Preparedness Month this month, SMU is taking proactive steps to bolster campus safety. On Friday afternoon, we will be conducting a test of our building indoor notification system and exterior door locking systems. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming test: Test Overview: Messaging: If you… Read more: Indoor notification test set for Friday, Sept. 8
  • SMU Warning [08/26/2023]
    University Park Police and SMU PD responded to an armed robbery at the CVS store at Park Cities Plaza on Mockingbird near campus at approximately 2:50 a.m. (08/26/2023). Employees reported two men entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded cash, then fled southbound on Central Expressway in a car parked in the alley. The… Read more: SMU Warning [08/26/2023]
  • Welcome back to campus message from SMU Police
    Dear SMU Community, As we start the new academic year, you may have noticed the newly painted crosswalks, sidewalk “Look” reminders, safety signs and additional police patrols around campus. With the influx of students, faculty, and staff, please consider these safety reminders:  Thank you for your attention to these important safety reminders. Download the SMU… Read more: Welcome back to campus message from SMU Police
  • Important safety reminders and resources for 2023-24
    August 16, 2023 Dear Mustangs, At SMU, we care about your safety. Please check out these resources and tips to help keep yourself and our campus community as safe as possible. Download the new SMU Aware Safety AppStay connected to campus safety with the new SMU Aware Safety App. This user-friendly mobile app provides real-time… Read more: Important safety reminders and resources for 2023-24
  • SMU PD seeks public comments for respected IACLEA accreditation assessment
    July 11, 2023 DALLAS, TEXAS – The SMU Police Department will undergo an accreditation assessment by a team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The assessment will begin on July 15, 2023, and will examine all aspects of SMU PD’s policy, procedures, management, operation, and support services. This assessment… Read more: SMU PD seeks public comments for respected IACLEA accreditation assessment
  • Important travel reminders for students and faculty abroad
    SMU is currently monitoring the protests across France and is advising individuals traveling to the region to exercise increased caution in light of the area’s civil unrest. As always, SMU students and faculty traveling to any country are strongly encouraged to stay informed and adhere to any guidance provided by University and local authorities. A… Read more: Important travel reminders for students and faculty abroad
  • Severe weather update [6/15/2023]
    Overview from National Weather Service: The National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for Dallas County until 10 p.m. Thursday. Current Conditions: Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here are some safety measures to take during a tornado warning, depending upon your location: Additional Resources Ready.gov Tornado Preparedness FEMA Tornado… Read more: Severe weather update [6/15/2023]
  • New SMU Aware Safety App
    June 1, 2023 Dear SMU LiveSafe Safety App User, SMU is excited to introduce an upgraded mobile safety application, powered by AppArmor, that promises to provide a more seamless and enhanced safety experience for our campus community. As a current user of the SMU LiveSafe app, we want to make sure you are aware of… Read more: New SMU Aware Safety App
  • SMU Conducting Test of Indoor Notification System, Tuesday, May 30.
    SMU Aware will conduct a test of the indoor emergency notification system beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.  The test will include audible and visual alarms and a brief activation of the exterior door locking systems in most buildings on campus. Interior doors and parking garages will not be affected.The entire testing process is… Read more: SMU Conducting Test of Indoor Notification System, Tuesday, May 30.
  • Severe weather update [5/19/2023]
    Overview from National Weather Service: Severe storms are expected along a cold front Friday afternoon and evening. Current Conditions: Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here are some safety measures to take during a tornado warning, depending upon your location: Additional Resources Ready.gov Tornado Preparedness FEMA Tornado Information Sheet NWS… Read more: Severe weather update [5/19/2023]
  • Commencement Weekend Severe Weather Information [5/13/2023]
    Commencement Reminders: Overview from National Weather Service: Strong to severe storms will be possible late Friday and into the night, with the best storm chances along and west of the I-35 corridor. The threat for heavy rainfall and some flooding will continue through the weekend. Current Conditions: Remember, there is a difference between a watch… Read more: Commencement Weekend Severe Weather Information [5/13/2023]
  • Severe weather update [4/28/2023]
    Overview from National Weather Service: Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop across much of the area Thursday afternoon and evening with all modes of severe weather possible. Current Conditions: Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here are some safety measures to take during a tornado warning, depending upon your location:… Read more: Severe weather update [4/28/2023]
  • Severe weather update [4/26/23]
    Overview from National Weather Service: Widespread severe thunderstorms are expected Wednesday afternoon into the night with all hazards possible, including the possibility of large hail and damaging winds.  Current Conditions: Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here are some safety measures to take during a tornado warning, depending upon your… Read more: Severe weather update [4/26/23]
  • Severe weather update [4/20/2023]
    Overview Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of a cold front this afternoon mainly along and east of I-35/I-35W. Some of these storms will be strong or severe with large hail and damaging winds as the primary threats. Isolated instances of flash flooding will also be possible across Central and East Texas… Read more: Severe weather update [4/20/2023]
  • Severe weather update [4/4/2023]
    Overview Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here are some safety measures to take during a tornado warning, depending upon your location: Additional Resources Ready.gov Tornado Preparedness FEMA Tornado Information Sheet NWS Forecast About Flash Flooding Thunderstorm Preparedness On-campus residents who need additional information or support should contact an area… Read more: Severe weather update [4/4/2023]
  • Severe weather information [April 2, 2023]
    A severe thunderstorm warning is in place for Dallas County until 5 p.m. A Tornado Watch is in place for Dallas County until 11 p.m. Overview Looking ahead: There is also a potential for severe storms across areas east of I-35 on Tuesday Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here… Read more: Severe weather information [April 2, 2023]
  • Severe weather information [March 23+24, 2023]
    Overview A few severe storms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds are possible Thursday evening into Friday morning. The highest severe weather threat will be west of I-35.. Remember, there is a difference between a watch and a warning Here are some safety measures to take during a tornado warning, depending upon your… Read more: Severe weather information [March 23+24, 2023]
  • Severe weather information [March 16, 2023]
    Overview [March 16, 2023 at 8:20 p.m.] The original Tornado Watch for most of North Texas has been allowed to expire. Flash Flood warning for Dallas County expired as of 8:06 p.m. New flooding is no longer expected to pose a threat. However, earlier rainfall may continue to run off and cause flooding of streams… Read more: Severe weather information [March 16, 2023]
  • Severe weather information [March 2]
    [March 2, 2023 at 7:45 p.m.] Thunderstorms with high winds and rain are lessening. The potential for severe weather continues. Stay alert. [March 2, 2023 at 6:50 p.m.] The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for S. Dallas Co until 7pm. Seek shelter until all clear [March 2, 2023 at 6:32 p.m.] Sirens… Read more: Severe weather information [March 2]
  • SMU operational changes through Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
    SMU winter weather operations update: Updated Feb. 2, 2023 at 11:25 a.m. Classes and regular campus operations resume Friday As temperatures warm and thawing occurs, classes and regular campus operations and activities will return to normal as of 6 a.m. Friday, February 3, 2023. In addition to Umphrey Lee and Arnold Dining Halls, Macs Place… Read more: SMU operational changes through Friday, Feb. 3, 2023
  • Winter storm notifications
    As a winter storm approaches, campus officials are closely monitoring the weather forecast and making preparations accordingly. SMU’s goal is to hold classes and events in person; however, if winter weather conditions risk the safety of our employees and students, a decision on campus operations will be made by the president in consultation with SMU… Read more: Winter storm notifications
  • Extreme cold expected Thursday (12/22)
    According to the National Weather Service, a strong cold front will arrive Thursday morning bringing the coldest temperatures of the season. Here’s what to expect: Temperatures will fall below freezing during the day on Thursday. The expected temperatures will likely damage exposed outdoor pipes and other infrastructure. Temperatures may briefly rise above freezing across Central… Read more: Extreme cold expected Thursday (12/22)
  • Campus message from facilities
    [11/9 at 1:27 p.m.] SMU Facilities crews and contractors have been working since late Monday (11/7) evening to repair an apparent leak in an underground plumbing line in SMU’s southeast residential commons. The leak has reduced the water pressure needed for the toilets to function properly in the commons. Sinks and showers are operational and… Read more: Campus message from facilities
  • Southeast Residential Commons Leak Repair
    Updated: 11/11 at 8:49 a.m. — Updates to this page and our FAQs are made as they become available. Current Status The pipe has been repaired successfully and service restored to Armstrong and Crum Commons. Water pressure has been restored and toilet flush valves are operational. All restrooms will be sanitized and cleaned prior to… Read more: Southeast Residential Commons Leak Repair
  • Questions/concerns
    SMU will make every effort to respond to your message in a timely manner. If you have a question, the answer may already be available in our frequently asked questions page.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
       Updated: Nov. 10, 2:26 p.m.  Q. What happened?  A. SMU Facilities crews and contractors have been working since late Monday (11/7) evening to repair an apparent leak in an underground plumbing line in SMU’s southeast residential commons. The leak reduced the water pressure needed for the toilets to function properly in the commons. Water… Read more: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Be Prepared for Severe Weather
    [November 4] The National Weather Service is forecasting a powerful storm system will be moving through the Dallas area today, bringing a chance for thunderstorms with high winds, hail, and potentially tornadoes. Locally heavy rainfall may produce flooding in some areas. If a tornado is sighted near campus, SMU will activate our alert systems and… Read more: Be Prepared for Severe Weather
  • SMU power outage
    [11:33 a.m.] Open status for various campus units below: Umphrey Lee and Arnold Dining Halls are open. Mac’s Place is open. The Market at Hughes-Trigg and Sushic are open. Dedman Rec is open. The SMU Child Care Center is open. Fondren Library, Hamon Arts Library, Business Library, DeGolyer Library and Underwood Law Library are all… Read more: SMU power outage
  • Important Pedestrian Safety Tips
    Dear SMU Community, As SMU is a residential community located in a busy urban environment, it’s important that you stay alert and aware of your surroundings whether you are walking to class or driving across campus. October is also National Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month, and we hope these reminders will help you stay safe. Pedestrians… Read more: Important Pedestrian Safety Tips
  • Emergency indoor notification test to take place Friday, August 5
    SMU Aware will conduct a test of the indoor emergency notification system beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, August 5. This test will encompass most buildings on SMU’s campus and include audible and visual alarms and a brief lockdown of exterior doors. Interior doors and parking garages will not be impacted. The full sequence of… Read more: Emergency indoor notification test to take place Friday, August 5
  • Active threat training taking place Monday, June 6
    SMU Police, in conjunction with partners from University Park, Highland Park, and Dallas FBI, are conducting a day-long active threat training beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2022, in the construction zone around SMU Cox School of Business buildings. Please avoid that location at 6214 Bishop Blvd, which is fenced for construction work.… Read more: Active threat training taking place Monday, June 6
  • Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires information
    [July 5, 2022 UPDATE] SMU-in-Taos successfully concluded its May and June Field terms without disruptions to classes or activities and now looks forward to welcoming the Taos Cultural Institute in late July. Also, our campus, as well as the village of Taos, are no longer in a “gray” pre-planning phase for potential evacuation. Firefighters, aided… Read more: Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires information
  • SMU resuming normal operations on Friday, Feb. 25
    After switching to virtual and other alternate instruction and schedules for Thursday, February 24, classes and University operations will return to normal on Friday, February 25, 2022.
  • What’s open/closed Feb. 23+24
    Known operations are listed below. All times/availabilities are subject to change. Check this page often or our Twitter updates. Click the cells below to expand the information. Updated on Feb. 24, 2022 at 9:24 a.m.