A community commitment to health and safety

Dallas HallSMU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports students’ health and well-being while they pursue their academic and personal goals.

The Live Responsibly Health and Safety website contains important information about SMU policies, procedures and resources that foster a secure environment that is free of misconduct and that upholds our community’s shared values and standards of behavior.

On the site, you will find information about substance abuse and sexual misconduct, which are serious issues at universities and colleges across the country. At SMU, a permanent Presidential Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention meets regularly to assess the University’s efforts and outcomes. The Commission’s 2011-12 report and previous reports are available on the website.

In addition, President R. Gerald Turner this fall established the Task Force on Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures, which is examining SMU’s programs in comparison with benchmark practices to determine if changes are needed, taking into account state and federal laws. Colleges and universities nationwide are reviewing their procedures for handling allegations of sexual misconduct in light of new guidelines issued by the federal government under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX requires universities and colleges to investigate reports of sexual assault and to provide internal grievance procedures.

More information about the Task Force and Title IX is on the website, as well as information about getting help in case of a sexual assault; reporting an assault to police, campus officials and confidential counselors; pursuing criminal charges and the University conduct review process; and campus and community resources that provide support and education. Because these are important, sensitive and complex issues, all community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these policies, procedures and resources.

H1N1 flu shots now available from SMU Health Center

Vaccination syringe stock photoA limited supply of H1N1 vaccine is now available to SMU faculty and staff. H1N1 vaccination clinics will be offered in the west wing of the Health Center during the following times:

Dec. 10 – 2-6 p.m.
Dec. 11 – 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis as supplies last. Bring your SMU ID card to the vaccine clinics. The administration fee is $15 and must be paid in cash.

If you are unable to receive an H1N1 vaccine during these clinic times, please consider getting the vaccine over the holiday break.

The vaccines are provided by Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information, visit smu.edu/flu

SMU observes Emergency Preparedness Day Sept. 16

SMU campus cinematic shot

September is National Preparedness Month, and SMU has joined in its observation by scheduling Emergency Preparedness Day for Sept. 16. The details were shared in the following e-mail sent to students, faculty and staff members on Sept. 14-15:

As a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Month, SMU has designated September 16, 2009 as Emergency Preparedness Day.

We encourage SMU students, faculty and staff to do the following:

  • Orient yourself to Lockdown procedures by viewing the video, “Shots Fired on Campus.”
  • Update your personal contact information, especially your cell phone number, in Access.SMU so you can be notified in the event of an emergency.*
  • Know What to Do in emergencies on campus by reviewing the safety actions: evacuation, shelter-in-place and lockdown. Look for posters in classrooms or review them online.

* Please Note: A test of the SMU Emergency Notification System will be conducted on September 16. The test will consist of cell phone messages, text messages and e-mails that read: “This is a test of the SMU Emergency Notification System.” No action on your part will be necessary.

President Turner outlines SMU flu procedures

SMU President R. Gerald Turner provided details of the University’s response to cases of flu and flu-like illnesses on campus in an e-mail to the entire community dated Sept. 4, 2009. The e-mail listed procedures for faculty, staff and students and included links to more information.

Read the entire text at the SMU News site
Visit the SMU flu site

H1N1 flu update from SMU Health Center: May 1, 2009

Megan Knapp, health educator in SMU’s Memorial Health Center, sent the following e-mail update to all University faculty, staff and students on Friday, May 1:

SMU is continuing to monitor the swine flu situation. As of Friday, May 1st, we have no known cases at SMU.

If you have a confirmed, probable or suspected case as determined by a health care professional, please notify SMU by calling 214-768-3333. We appreciate your cooperation on this matter.

For regularly updated information about swine flu, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For SMU-specific information, visit SMU’s flu homepage or call SMU-Info (214-768-4636).

If cases of swine flu are detected, SMU is ready to implement preparedness plans. Visit the smu.edu/flu website or check your e-mail for updates.

H1N1 flu update from SMU Health Center: May 1, 2009

As the 2008-09 flu season begins to wind down, confirmed cases of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, have sprung up in Texas. Megan Knapp, health educator in SMU’s Memorial Health Center, sent the following e-mail update to all University faculty, staff and students on Monday, April 27:

As many of you have heard, there are now confirmed cases of swine flu in Texas as well as in Mexico, California, Kansas and New York. Officials at SMU, along with those at Dallas County Health and Human Services, are monitoring the situation to detect any cases locally.

Due to population density and foreign travel, university communities are susceptible to the spread of communicable diseases. Please be vigilant regarding your personal hygiene and health habits.

To help prevent the flu:

Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching common surfaces (door handles, railings, etc.).

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with either a disposable tissue or your sleeve.

Avoid contact with people who are sick.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (sudden fever/chills, cough, body aches, fatigue), it is important to see a medical provider as soon as possible. To be effective, antiviral medications should be started within 48 hours after symptoms begin. Persons who may have the flu should stay at home as much as possible to avoid spreading the illness.

Flu vaccines administered in fall 2008 and winter 2009 do not protect against H1N1 flu, and currently, there is not a human vaccine for this illness.

For 24-hour medical advice, students can call SMU’s Health Center at 214-768-2141. Faculty and staff should contact their personal healthcare providers.

SMU will continue working with Dallas County Health and Human Services on this matter. For more information about swine flu, please visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s H1N1 flu site.