SMU will resume classes next week with virtual-only academic instruction on Monday, February 22, 2021. The decision on virtual and/or in-person classes on Tuesday and beyond will be announced by Monday. Graduate students with Saturday classes should expect to hear from the deans of their schools if instruction will occur. Crews from the Office of Facilities Planning and Management and Office of Information Technology are working diligently to assess and repair damage to various buildings caused by this unusual winter blast, as well as ensuring all technology in classrooms are in working order. We will provide an update later today on facilities that will be open this weekend. At this time Hughes-Trigg Student Center is open as a warming and charging-up location Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports [...]
The Hill Originally Posted: January 12, 2021 BY JAMES F. HOLLIFIELD AND DONLEY T. STUDLAR, OPINION CONTRIBUTORS — THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL. In the current controversy over President Trump’s challenge to the Electoral College vote and the attack on the U.S. Capitol, we hear a lot about accountability. But what does this mean in the context of U.S. political institutions that divide authority among three branches of government, and how can Congress hold the president accountable? Many observers, foreign and domestic, often are confused about the lines of authority in American government. In parliamentary systems, the direction is clearer. The elected legislature chooses the political executive, led by the prime minister and the legislature and [...]
FOX4 Originally Posted: January 11, 2021 Democrats in Congress hope to remove President Donald Trump from office or at the very least leave a damaging footnote in history books. SMU political science professor Dr. Cal Jillson joined Good Day to explain how that is possible with just nine days left in office. WATCH
North Texas E-News Originally Posted: January 10, 2021 Dallas, Texas (SMU) – These SMU faculty experts share their thoughts about the U.S. capitol attack, explain what the January 6 attack means for President Trump’s standing with the Republican Party and discuss what comes next. Its now more likely that before that Trump will try to pardon himself “In light of the January 6 pro-Trump mob attack on Congress, it’s now much more likely than before that President Trump will try to pardon himself (and his closest confidants) for any federal crimes before leaving office,” states Dale Carpenter, constitutional law professor at SMU. “That’s because he has not only added to the list of his potential charges but he has also increased the possibility that charges will actually be brought by the Department of Justice.” [...]
December 21 – January 1: Holiday Break - University is closed.
December 19, 1pm: December Commencement Convocation - The ceremony will be in Ford Stadium at 1 p.m. for students and their guests. We encourage all others to join us online for the live broadcast.
SMU Admissions Originally Posted: November 4, 2020 Did you catch SMU Admissions IG spotlight featuring Dedman College Eliana Abraham and Christian Hammond? Watch here
SMU health officials urge students, faculty and staff to take preventive measures to protect their health against the flu. Because flu can spread by contact with people who are ill, SMU health officials recommend getting a flu shot when they become available. FREE flu vaccinations are available for all students starting September 21. For your safety, we will be administering shots at flu shot stations outside the Health Center. NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED! Getting a flu shot this year will be far more important than ever this year due to COVID-19. READ MORE
SMU News Originally Posted: September 21, 2o20 DALLAS (SMU) – The upcoming presidential election will be the first opportunity to vote for many SMU students, including Wilson Russ, and the University is lining up opportunities for these new voters to learn more about the process. But Russ is going to learn the election system from a very personal angle – by volunteering to serve as a poll worker on Nov. 3. “I’m very excited to vote for the first time and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to serve as a poll worker during this turbulent 2020 year,” said Russ, a sophomore studying political science, public policy, economics. He answered a call for young volunteers to help fill the gaps left by older Americans who traditionally staff polling [...]
USA Today Originally Posted: September 1, 2020 AUSTIN — As a junior at Southern Methodist University, Austin Hickle says the challenge of safely reopening classes amid the coronavirus pandemic and affording young Texans the rewards of the college experience falls directly on the shoulders of students. "This COVID pandemic is one of our generation's defining moments. We have to step up to the plate," said Hickle, who is majoring in political science and economics and is also SMU's student body vice president. "Students have never (before) been asked to carry this (amount of) responsibility." READ MORE