Campus Alert: Possible gas leak on main campus

LAST UPDATE, 11:05 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11: Evacuation lifted for northeast area of main campus near Airline and Dyer. Normal operations, including all classes, are being resumed following a report of a possible gas leak.

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11: Buildings in the NE quadrant of campus near Airline & Dyer, including fraternity houses as well as neighborhood residences, have been evacuated as a precaution. Please avoid the area.

There is a possible gas leak near the 3000 block of Dyer Street at Airline Road on the main campus. Dawson Service Center, the Service House and Embrey Engineering Building are being evacuated.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are asked to avoid the area.

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.

SMU raises safety awareness during 2011 National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and SMU is planning several events to raise awareness of proper emergency procedures.

The University will focus on three major preparedness themes throughout the month:

  • Lockdown Awareness Week, Sept. 6-9
  • Shelter Awareness Week, Sept. 12-16
  • Evacuation Awareness Week, Sept. 19-23

Provost Paul Ludden asked faculty and staff members to review campus safety procedures with students when possible in an e-mail dated Aug. 22, 2011:

This September marks the tenth anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States and, as such, it has been proclaimed National Preparedness Month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is also a time for all of us to reflect on the importance of strengthening the security and safety of our campus community.

SMU will observe this occasion during the month of September by hosting a series of events that are intended to orient students, faculty, and staff to various aspects of SMU’s emergency plan. The theme for Emergency Preparedness Month is “A Time to Remember, A Time to Prepare.”

If you feel it is appropriate, please take a few moments during class time to review with students the three principal emergency response mechanisms for all emergencies: Evacuation, Shelter, and Lockdown. For your convenience, a summary of these actions entitled “Know What to Do” is attached and a poster has been placed in each classroom.

Thank you for your support.

Watch SMU’s new “Know What To Do” video on lockdown emergency procedures by clicking the YouTube screen above, or click here to open the SMU lockdown procedures video in a new window. video

> Review the “Know What To Do” emergency document
> Download the Emergency Management calender of educational events (PDF format)
> Bookmark SMU’s Emergency Management homepage at
> Read more about National Preparedness Month at

For the Record: Nov. 13, 2008

Jim Hollifield, Political Science, Dedman College, spoke at the 2008 Dallas Institute Festival of Ideas Nov. 8. The lineup of speakers included Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, and New York Times columnists David Brooks and Nicholas Kristof.

Larry Palmer, Music, Meadows School of the Arts, played a recital at Harvard University to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Flentrop organ Nov. 2, 2008, in Busch Hall. The instrument, made famous through broadcasts and recordings by E. Power Biggs, is one of the most influential pipe organs in America. The following evening Palmer presented a program for the Boston Chapter, American Guild of Organists, in Harvard’s Memorial Church to mark the centenary of the birth of Hugo Distler, a German Lutheran composer who was the subject of Palmer’s first book. In October, Palmer played the dedicatory recital for the C.B. Fisk organ at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, NM, for which he was the consultant.

SMU’s departments of Risk Management and Budgets and Information Technology Services have received a 2008 Honorable Mention Award from the International Association of Emergency Managers. ITS was honored in the Public Awareness: Division 2 category for its 2008 SMU Aware calendar. The calendar is part of the University’s Security Awareness Program.

Safety performers show ‘What To Do’

Safety skit comicsDo you know what to do in the event of an emergency inside or near a campus building? A group of SMU performers, acting out on the Main Quad Oct. 1, used comedy to demonstrate the four steps required by students, faculty and staff during an evacuation:

  • Leave the building (don’t use elevators).
  • Assist the disabled.
  • Take valuables and cell phones with you.
  • Proceed to an assembly area outside.

Launched as part of the SMU Aware emergency preparedness program, skits will be performed several times throughout this academic year. In addition to evacuation, they will address situations that involve lockdown and shelter in place.

“In addition to the training drills we hold on campus every year, we’re presenting students crucial information in an interactive style to gain their attention,” says Lee Arning, director of emergency preparedness. “We hope to impress upon them the importance to ‘Know What to Do’ on campus. This way, they will not only be prepared for crises, but ideally will take ownership during potential situations.”

More about emergency preparedness at the SMU Aware website