University publishes Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The following message from President R. Gerald Turner was sent to the campus community on October 1, 2015, regarding SMU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report:

SMU is committed to maintaining an educational environment that supports safety and well-being through University policies, resources, education and prevention programs. Resources dedicated to campus safety include the SMU Police Department, which every year prepares and distributes a security report for the main SMU campus, SMU-in-Plano and SMU-in-Taos.

The annual security report is published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The security report includes SMU’s annual fire report, in keeping with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and its accompanying regulations.

The University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at smu.edu/CleryReport. If you would like a paper copy, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-1348 or e-mail Officer Linda Perez.

The report contains three calendar years of crime statistics, including incidents occurring on SMU campuses, at public areas adjacent to campuses and at certain non-campus facilities, including Greek houses and remote classrooms. Information also is gathered from the University Park Police Department, Highland Park Department of Public Safety, Dallas Police Department, Plano Police Department, Taos County Sheriff’s Department and SMU officials who serve as campus security authorities.

The report also provides information about University policies and procedures, emergency response plans, fire safety statistics and SMU officials who support campus security. I urge you to actively participate in the training these officials offer, including the SMU Police Department’s crime prevention programs and emergency drills coordinated by the Office of Risk Management. Please also be aware of resources such as the SMU Police Security Escort Program and blue-light emergency phones on campus that connect directly to SMU Police. During the past year, SMU has expanded the use of security cameras in buildings and across campus, which are equipped to digitally record activity.

Two serious national health and safety concerns are sexual misconduct and substance abuse. Please carefully review the information provided about University policies, education, prevention initiatives and support for students. In addition to SMU Police, important resources are the SMU Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinators, Counseling Services, the Chaplain’s Office, the Office of the Dean of Student Life and the Women & LGBT Center. SMU strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. In case of sexual misconduct, all campus community members are urged to immediately call police. More information is online at smu.edu/LiveResponsibly.

Thank you for the important role you play in campus security. All students, faculty and staff members can contribute by being familiar with the information in this report, aware of crime prevention measures, responsible for their own behavior and respectful of others. By collaborating in support of a healthy environment, we help all community members pursue their academic and personal goals.