President Turner reaffirms SMU’s commitment to campus safety

In the wake of recent allegations of serious wrongdoing by personnel at other colleges and universities, SMU President R. Gerald Turner has reaffirmed SMU’s commitment to promoting a safe and healthy environment for community members and visitors of all ages.

In an e-mail dated Nov. 30, 2011, Turner asked all individuals to become familiar with their duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect, and with the steps to report illegal or fraudulent activity of any kind:

In view of the troubling allegations of wrongdoing involving officials at institutions of higher education, all of us in the academic community must remind ourselves of our obligation – both legally and morally – to report any illegal behavior or fraudulent activity to appropriate authorities.

With regard to the safety and well-being of children who may visit our campus, I urge you to visit the Office of Legal Affairs website to familiarize yourself with the duty under Texas law to report suspected child abuse.

Our “See Something, Say Something” initiative reflects SMU’s commitment to promote a secure and healthy environment through the sharing of information with law enforcement authorities. Reports of illegal behavior can be made to the SMU Police at 214-768-3333, or anonymously through the SMU TIPS line – 214-768-2TIP (2847). Of course, any emergency situation should be reported immediately to 911.

As you know, SMU crime alerts now are sent via e-mail. Please pay attention to these notices from “SMU Aware” so that you can remain informed. The University also issues campus trespass warnings to individuals who are perceived to be a threat. The SMU Police Department reports crimes to the Dallas County District Attorney’s office for prosecution.

Our vigilance and reporting responsibility also applies to suspected illegal activity involving possible fraud or financial wrongdoing at the University. SMU’s Fraud Reporting Program provides a mechanism to report improper or inappropriate acts not discovered through other means. The dedicated phone number is 214-768-9276, and you can visit for additional information.

Thank you for all you do to make this a welcoming campus in which students and visitors of all ages can enjoy our offerings of education and enrichment.