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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Wouldn't want to walk alone on campus at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's Dallas, so taking precautions is a must. However, there is a great police presence and I feel safe.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The end of last semester we had a few robberies late at night when students were walking across campus, but no sexual assaults that I am aware of.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A few incidents throughout the school year, but generally pretty safe.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. There are well lit walk areas so at night you aren't walking in the dark (unless you cut through areas that aren't the main traveling areas)

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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)
smu.edu/pd
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
smu.edu/healthcenter
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?
Yes
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 69 responses

  • 16% None
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 11% Drugs
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 44 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 50% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 29% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 48% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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