SMU students follow the race for the White House

As the race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump nears its end, students at SMU have been following the campaigns through a class on “Presidential Elections and American Politics” and through debate watch parties.

See the media reports:

Watch party: SMU Director of Debate Ben Voth hosted a non-partisan debate-watch party with SMU students for the third and final debate.

Political science class: Every four years, SMU political science professor Dennis Simon teaches a class titled “Presidential Elections and American Politics.”

SMU political experts have been providing analysis and commentary throughout the process. Click here for more information.

In addition, SMU has held a series events related to the fall campaigns.

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Dr. Bob Smith Health Center offers free flu shots

Stock photo of man receiving shotThe Dr. Bob Smith Health Center has scheduled several free flu shot clinics, open to students and benefit-eligible faculty, staff, SMU retirees and retiree spouses:

  • Oct. 6 – 2-6 p.m., Dedman Law School
  • Oct. 10 – 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Loyd All Sports Center
  • Oct. 17 – 1:30-3:30 p.m., Expressway Tower training room, East Campus
  • Oct. 26 – 2-6 p.m., SMU-in-Plano

Flu shots also are available at the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center, 6211 Bishop Blvd. Visit Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

To keep your visit as brief as possible, please:

For the 2016-2107 flu season:

  • Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use this season.
  • Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.
  • The recommendations for vaccination of people with egg allergies have changed.

> Dallas County influenza resources and updates available at

> Find statewide resources at

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Tune in: Family Weekend 2016, “Home in the Heart of Texas”

SMU Family Weekend, with a theme of “Home in the Heart of Texas,” was Sept. 23-25, 2016.

View a slideshow and watch a video from the weekend, which brought together Mustang families from around the world.

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Touring the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center

SMU dedicated the new Dr. Bob Smith Health Center for students in September. In this new video, student Raven Harding tours the 33,000-square-foot facility located in the heart of campus and speaks to the professionals who provide medical and counseling services and health education.

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Oct. 4 is National Night Out on SMU’s Main Quad

Tuesday, Oct. 4, is National Night Out, and SMU students, faculty and staff will gather on the Main Quad from 4-7 PM to share food, refreshments, and emergency and safety information.  This year, the observance of National Night Out will include an active shooter simulation at 5:30 p.m., in front of McFarlin Auditorium.

National Night Out LogoThe goal of the simulation is to make the campus community aware of actions they can take for their own safety in the event of an active shooter incident on our campus, and will be based on the “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol endorsed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While SMU police and other campus emergency personnel are well-trained to respond to campus emergencies, they stress that individual knowledge and training can save lives.

SMU students, faculty and staff can view basic information about all of the University’s emergency procedures, as well as videos that explain what to do in the event of an active shooter or a weather emergency, at

SMU has organized other active shooter drills in recent years, but this will be the first produced outdoors.  The SMU Police Department hopes that hosting the active shooter simulation on National Night Out will draw larger attendance and encourage students to share what they learn.

September is National Preparedness Month, and the University has over the past few weeks shared a series of public service messages via social media encouraging students to take a few simple steps toward their own safety – such as loading the phone number for SMU police (214-768-3333) into their cell phones and visiting the website.  You can see these video messages, and learn more about emergency preparedness, at

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SMU publishes Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The following message from President R. Gerald Turner was sent to the campus community on September 30, 2016, 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.

SMU’s annual security report is published in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The security report, which includes SMU’s annual fire safety report, is available online at If you would like a paper copy, please contact the SMU Police Department at 214-768-1348 or e-mail

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.

I encourage you to participate in campus security programs, including the SMU Police Department’s crime prevention training and the fire safety and emergency preparedness drills coordinated by the Office of Risk Management. During the past year on campus, digital security camera coverage has continued to expand, and enhanced access controls have been installed on all parking areas. In addition, all SMU Police officers have been equipped with body cameras, and work is in progress to enhance campus lockdown measures.

Two serious national health and safety concerns are sexual misconduct and substance abuse. Please carefully review the information provided. 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, the Office of Violence Prevention & Support Services, 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

Thank you for the important role you play in campus security. All students, faculty and staff members can contribute by being aware of University policies and security measures. I hope you are able to participate in SMU’s National Night Out, which is from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 on the Main Quad. You will have the opportunity to participate in safety exercises and talk with SMU Police and other officials.

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Statement on deceased student found in Barr Pool

The University released the following statement shortly after noon Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016:

We are deeply saddened to report the death of an SMU student, who was found deceased in Barr Pool about 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

Preliminary indications are that no foul play was involved, but an investigation is being conducted by SMU Police with assistance from the Dallas County Medical Examiner.

Counseling is being provided to students and will continue to be available through SMU Counseling Services and the Office of the Chaplain.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and other loved ones at this time.

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Family Weekend 2016: Home in the Heart of Texas

boulevardSMU family members from across the country are invited to join their students in celebrating a longtime Hilltop tradition Sept. 23-25. Family Weekend is coordinated by the Student Foundation‘s Family Weekend Committee. Find the full schedule here.

Registration for several events has closed. However, limited quantities of Boulevard BBQ tickets will be on sale at the Sept. 23 event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Clements Hall South Lawn. Football tickets for the 7 p.m. game against TCU Sept. 23 may be purchased by calling 214-768-GAME or by visiting the Athletic Department website.

Clear bag policy at Ford Stadium: Please be aware that the only bags permitted on Game Day are those made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC that do not exceed 12-by-6-by-12 inches, one-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar), or small clutch bags (about the size of a hand) with or without a strap. See the complete list of SMU Ford Stadium Game Day policies.

Learn more in these FAQs on the SMU Student Foundation website.  If you have additional questions, please contact Student Foundation at 214-768-4400 or email

Student Foundation is partnering with Family Gateway, an organization that provides transitional housing and services for homeless families with children in Dallas County.  Collection boxes for household items will be available in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and at other locations.

Parking:  Campus maps are available online. On Friday, Game Day parking is in effect. Refer to for a map. Please plan ahead as parking is highly restricted.

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SMU climbs to 56 in ‘U.S. News & World Report’ rankings

SMU rose to its highest ranking among the nation’s universities in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released online Tuesday, September 13.

Among 220 institutions classified as national universities, SMU ranks 56, up from 61 a year ago.

The new ranking again places SMU in the first tier of institutions in the guide’s “best national universities” category. In Texas, only Rice University ranks higher. SMU and the University of Texas-Austin were tied. Among private national universities, SMU ranks 39.

SMU’s increase was one of the five largest among the top 100 universities. Since 2008, SMU’s 11-point increase is one of the four largest among schools in the top 60.

For the rankings, U.S. News considers measures of academic quality, such as peer assessment scores and ratings by high school counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rate performance, financial resources and alumni giving. SMU ranks 24 among all national universities in alumni giving at 25 percent.

In other ranking categories, SMU ranks 32 as one of the best national universities for veterans.

“It is gratifying for SMU to be recognized for its positive movement among the best national universities,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The ranking is an example of the momentum of the Second Century Campaign and the University’s Centennial Celebration.

“We appreciate external recognition of our progress and believe it’s valid, but we also know that rankings do not portray the whole picture of an institution and its strengths. We encourage parents and students to visit the institutions they are considering for a firsthand look at the academic offerings, the campus environment and the surrounding community to best gauge a university.”

The rankings of 1,374 institutions, including national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and regional universities, are available online and on newsstands Sept. 23. Find the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook in stores Oct. 4.

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Tune in: It all starts at Mustang Corral!

SMU welcomed new students to the Hilltop in August with five days of learning, bonding and exploring their new home. Throughout the week, University reporters and photographers captured the Class of 2020 at Mustang Corral and in the Discover Dallas program.

Opening Convocation

Now their photos, social media posts, and a new video by SMU News’ Myles Taylor are gathered at one link. Visit SMU News for many more dispatches from Move-in Day, Camp Corral, the 2016 Opening Convocation, the making of the class photo and more.

> Relive the SMU Class of 2020’s week of welcome here

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