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5 College Sophomore

Administration: Love the administration. They are truly working to make all of our degrees worth a considerable value following graduation.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Although many people dislike the administration, they are blinded by the immediate effects and aren't able to see the big picture. With the Second Century Campaign the admin has been able to raise over a billion (that's right BILLION dollars) for the school. Being someone who works with them a lot, they are very nice and always open to suggestions.

1 College Freshman

Administration: The police here do not act like they are genuinely concerned with the campus safety as they should be. Instead, they troll the campus looking for drunk girls and guys they can bust and get in trouble.

2 College Junior

Administration: The administration hates greek life, but it doesn't make it any less prevalent. The campus also doesnt feel very safe at night. there are the emergency lights, but they are very sparce and half the time dont work. We are under investigation with title 9 for rape, so the lack of emergency life doesnt make me very comfortable.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: all they care about is eliminating greek life


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SMU PD is lenient with students and drinking on campus-to an extent. If you are carrying a bottle of beer around a party, they will kindly suggest that you pour the beer into a plastic cup. If you pass out at a party somewhere, or seem belligerent, they will no longer give you the blind eye. The campus police will take care of you and make sure that you are safe. Students belittle the SMU PD but forget that they are just doing their job. The simplest rule to follow is this: practice good judgment. This means you should make sure your door in your dorm room is closed before you start crushing cans on your head. Don't get into a car with a drunk driver, because you can be guilty just by association. Walk off the bus-don't tumble. Avoid carrying open containers anywhere on campus. And finally, lock up your liquor!

The campus police are aware that students are young and away from home and will make poor decisions every now and then. They act as the fun aunt or uncle from back home that will take care of you, but refrain from telling your parents about your minor offense. Once you step out of the realm of small offenses, it is an entirely different ball game. It is common for an SMU student to have one alcohol violation, but most never receive a second one.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Cheating on a test
  • Drinking illegally on the Boulevard during tailgate
  • Driving into a curb or median while drunk
  • Having candles and extension cords in your dorm room
  • Having loud parties
  • Parking in an undesignated spot
  • Running stop signs
  • Stumbling off of a bus intoxicated
  • Underage drinking (in dorms, too)
  • Urinating on campus or public indecency
  • Walking home drunk late at night

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 101 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 106 responses

  • 33% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 42% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 16% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 8% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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