Health & Safety

Dallas, TX
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are lots of things set in place to help the situation, but there are still quite a few sexual assault cases.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Never had a problem with it

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There has been a lot of sexual assaults on campus, the past few years. It has lessened this year, but you will hear about one every several months.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel fine walking anywhere on campus at night. I generally feel safe on campus. Cops are everywhere, but I don't rely on them to protect myself.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We often get emails of crime or assault happening around campus, but the area that they monitor is really big. So whatever they reported could have happened several miles away.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 348th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 360th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1155th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Peter Goldschmidt
Jefferson City, MO
Financial Consulting
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SMU may boast a very safe campus; however, they should really say thank you to University Park. Even though University Park and SMU Police work together to patrol the city, SMU PD pays more attention to parking violations than a screaming girl whose hair is in flames. On the other hand, nothing too out of the ordinary ever occurs here on campus, so what else is there for them to do? It is quite rare to hear about SMU students being mugged at gunpoint. There have only been two incidents since I have been here, and both of them were off-campus. A friend of mine was raped when she was a freshman. So, if you receive warnings from anyone, especially if you are a female, it will probably pertain to rape. There are several minor thefts reported every year, but there is nothing to fear on this campus-except a parking ticket.

Most of the police force here are fairly friendly and do earnestly look out for you, especially if you are intoxicated. I hear more about alcohol violations than Sherlock Holmes murder mysteries. SMU has done a stellar job with the PR for their police force, and I definitely commend them for that. I have yet to see an SMU cop put to the test, though. So, that should really give you a good idea about the campus: it's safe enough.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
SMU Police Department
(214) 768-3333 (emergencies) (214) 768-3388 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Blue-lights (emergency phones)
  • Campus security escort program
  • Fingerprinting
  • Giddy Up and Courtesy escorts
  • Lost property
  • Silent Witness
  • Special event planning
  • Vehicle assist
  • Women's self-defense classes
Health Center
Memorial Health Center
6211 Bishop Blvd.
(214) 768-2141
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergies
  • Consultations with physicians
  • Counseling services
  • Immunizations
  • Injuries
  • Minor surgery
  • On-campus pharmacy
  • Specialty clinics (dental consultation, dermatology, gynecology, orthopedics, and sports medicine)
  • Treatment for minor illnesses
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • SMU recently created a program, "Giddy Up," where students can call and have volunteer students come pick them up in a golf cart and get a safe ride home. This is to prevent students from driving under the influence. If you are intoxicated, don't be afraid to simply call.
  • SMU Rides is a new program where student organizations volunteer during the weekend to call cabs for students who are off campus and need a ride. The organization pays for the cab so that the student can gut back to campus free of charge.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 44 responses

  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 17% None
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 9% Drugs
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 43 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 37% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 37% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 23% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 25% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 48% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 41% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 52% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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