Facilities – SMU Temperature Set Point Protocol



SMU Winter Break Temperature Set Point Protocol:

  • SMU seeks to reduce energy usage on the Dallas Main Campus by standardizing the temperatures in areas zoned for academic, administrative, and assembly use.

Temperature Set Point Ranges: (for the Winter Break ONLY)

  • The temperature set point range in occupied residence rooms
    will remain 68°F to 74°F.
  • Non-Residential and Non-Athletic Facilities Temperature Range will be set to 55F
    minimum, unless scheduled for a class or event.

    • All “exempted” spaces are excluded from these temperature set point ranges and will be maintained at their normal operating range.
    • All special events will receive normal support through the SME Events office.

Interior Temperature and Thermostat Controls:

  • To override a thermostat if necessary, you must press and HOLD the override button for 10 seconds. An override will be maintained for 2 hours.
  • See below for key operation controls for various thermostats on campus: 

Ways to Assist in Reducing Energy Consumption:

  • Leaving windows and doors closed
  • Adjusting window blinds to block the cold from the glass
  • Putting computers in sleep mode when not in use
  • Turning off unnecessary lighting
  • Last Out  . . .  Lights Out!

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What if my area is too cold?
    To override your thermostat for 2 hours, follow the instructions above, otherwise,
    please call the Facilities 24 Hour Call Center (214) 768-7000.
  • What if there is no airflow from the vents?
    Notify the Facilities 24 Hour Call Center (214) 768-7000.

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