Students may obtain a letter from the Student Services Department. The request must be made in writing and must indicate the student’s name, address, phone number, and student identification number, as well as the information to be released, the reason for the release, and the location to which the letter should be sent.
Requests for transcripts are made to the Student Services Department. SMU provides a Transcript Request Form. All transcript requests to be submitted in writing and to be signed by the former or current student. Telephone requests for transcripts cannot be processed.
SMU does not offer or operate student housing. At some campuses, the Student Services Department maintains a list of housing options as well as a list of SMU students who wish to share housing. Contact the Student Services Department at your campus for more information.
SMU offers students a wide range of personal and professional opportunities designed to support students’ educational programs and learning needs that are not available through courses or practicum. Services vary by campus according to the needs of each student population. These support services range from a Student Government Association to lecture/workshop series, special-interest groups, and common hours. Students are encouraged to contact the campus Student Services Department for a full description of co-curricular activities.
Counseling services are available to SMU students. We’re committed to assisting students in integrating the many aspects of their lives while supporting personal growth and development. Services include short-term counseling, consultation, and referral to community agencies. Local referral lists may also be available at campuses that do not provide counseling services.
SMU is committed to supporting students’ academic needs. To this end, tutoring services are available for many courses at many campuses. Interested students should contact their Student Services Department for assistance in obtaining tutoring services.
The primary purpose of the campus student government associations or student senates is to represent student concerns, facilitate communication, and assist the faculty and administration in promoting the welfare of the campus. Through participation on various campus committees, student government often influences policy making on the campuses. The student government is also responsible for organizing social gatherings and events promoting honor societies, providing confidential advice relating to SMU matters to students requesting such assistance, assisting with orientation, and selecting student representation for committees.
Lecture, Symposia, Conferences, and Workshop Series
Periodically campuses invite distinguished professionals from a variety of academic fields to present lectures and conduct workshops or symposia. Open to the community, these presentations provide an opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to discuss issues of interest. In addition, SMU organizes conferences on various themes and students are encouraged or even required to participate at such conferences.
Special Interest Groups
Campuses coordinate special interest groups that discuss ideas related to a specific topic. Composed of faculty and students, these groups cover a variety of issues. Participation in these groups is available without additional charge to any interested student.
SMU offers a variety of resources and serves to assist currently enrolled students in developing career plans and reaching their employment goals. While the primary focus of the Career Services Office is to assist students upon graduation, any enrolled student may seek employment information through Career Services. Although SMU does not guarantee employment it is vitally important to both the graduate and the University that each student obtains appropriate employment. Therefore, job search advice, support and assistance is provided to students prior to graduation by career services professionals located in either a centralized remote location or by on-ground staff at their campus. Students should contact their campus directly to determine the type of services available at their location. Career services professionals can provide a variety of tailored assistance including resume and cover letter coaching and critique, mock interviews, assistance developing and implementing job search strategies and help identifying and generating job leads.
In addition to career service professionals, enrolled students have access to a variety of “self-directed” web-based career resources and services through the Student Portal. These resources will assist students in building their career and job search related knowledge, credentials and skills. Furthermore, they provide a forum for networking and becoming connected with classmates and other professionals.
Upon graduation, alumni are added to SMU’s national online alumni community. As a registered member of the online alumni community graduates can search a national directory of SMU alumni, create a profile, post personal and professional updates, get a permanent email forwarding address and receive periodic e-newsletters.
Some SMU campuses, offer additional alumni services and events. Alumni should contact their campus directly to determine the services available at their location.
SMU encourages students to join professional organizations that reflect each student’s career path. Examples of organizations of interest to students are listed below.
Several campuses include honor societies as an important component of the student activities programs. Students should consult with the Student Services Department for further information.
Several campuses schedule periodic town hall meetings or student forums for the open discussion of issues of concern to the students.
SMU is in the process of enhancing the learning experience by converting traditional textbooks to electronic media. Thus eventually most courses will have a digital resource fee associated with them. This mandatory fee is a flat rate per course and allows students access to an Electronic Library and HTML versions of textbook(s), and in some cases, other electronic media, which is integrated into the course.
Students retaking a course are charged only once for the digital resources fee associated with the same course because students have access to the digital resources materials for five years. Provided the digital resources for the retaken course still uses the same digital books, students do not purchase additional textbook(s) for these courses. On average the price of the digital resource fee is less than the retail price of the textbook(s) for each course, with the added benefits of no shipping charges and immediate access to the materials. When you register for a course, the course registration will display whether there is a digital resource fee or whether paper textbooks are required for each particular course.
Every SMU student is required to have a computer, preferably a laptop, with high speed Internet access. SMU uses many digital resources including Moodle and Fedena. As with any software, the faster the processor, the more RAM, and the larger hard drive space you provide, the better the performance. Users wanting to move their material to their hard drive may need additional space. It is also important that users understand the process and benefits of maintaining their machines in top operating condition by keeping them current with the latest operating system updates, correctly configuring virus control, and other beneficial habits.
Course instructor may employee technology in Moodle classroom that requires plug‐ins or downloads in order to function properly. If your instructor provides PDF files, Adobe Reader may be required to open and view those files. You can download these items at the time that they are deemed necessary.
Purchasing a low-price laptop computer is a much better solution for class work. While newer Netbooks may meet resolution and screen size requirements for reading your eBooks, much like some older laptops, some older Netbooks may not be able to graphically handle these sites. This means that reading e-texts and participating in the classroom could become difficult. It may be challenging to scroll through your readings and effectively and efficiently work through the material.
The student bodies of the SMU campuses are noted for their diverse social, ethnic, economic, and educational characteristics. The academic programs and social life of the campuses foster the development of attitudes and skills essential to working with a wide range of individuals and populations. Some campuses feature a Minority Student Union or Diversity Committee that supports minority students, promotes diversity, increases cross-cultural sensitivity, organizes ethnic events, provides academic support and referral services, and facilitates communication.
SMU has several publications, academic and otherwise, to enhance the academic and social life of the university community. We also publish a newsletter to promote campus events and student activities and enhance communication. These publications also enable students to practice their journalistic and leadership skills. Interested students should contact the Student Services Department to volunteer to serve on the publication staff at the campus.
SMU campuses offer classrooms, library resources, and computer access. For a complete description of campus facilities, refer to the Student Portal.
SMU’s library collections contain a wealth of subject-specific research materials to support the University’s programs of study. Accessible both on and off campus, SMU’s online resources feature nearly 25,000 full-text journals and over 34,000 electronic books and other content covering all academic subject areas including Business & Economics, Career & General Education, Computers, Engineering & Applied Science, Humanities, Science, Medicine & Allied Health, and Social & Behavior Sciences. Many titles are directly accessible through the Online Public Access Catalog. Librarians are available to provide research and reference assistance in scholarly pursuits and in support of lifelong learning.
The Honor Code
From the very start of the SMU, students have pledged not to lie, cheat, or steal. Students enjoy a great deal of freedom at SMU and have been entrusted to hold each other accountable for maintaining a just and safe community. As such, students hear and decide all alleged cases of conduct and academic integrity violations.
The Honor Code is the heart of integrity at SMU. In brief, the Honor Code says that all students shall “Refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing,” but the Honor Code means much more. It is the guiding force behind the students’ responsible exercise of freedom, the foundation of student self-governance here at SMU. The University maintains an Honor Code because we believe that all members of the University community should be responsible for upholding the values that have been agreed upon by the community. A written Honor Code is an affirmation of our commitment to high standards of conduct inside and outside of the classroom.
The Honor Code is found in a document known as the Instrument of Student Judicial Governance. The Instrument is the University’s official document containing the rules and regulations that guide the Honor System. The list of prohibited conduct and the possible sanctions given by the Honor Court can all be found in the Instrument. This document also includes information on the rights and responsibilities of all members of our community to the Honor System and under the Honor System. The Instrument is the foundation of the system of student self-governance. To obtain a copy of the Instrument, contact the Office of the Honor System at firstname.lastname@example.org
Functions of the Honor System
Education and Prevention
- Programming in residence halls, etc.
- Honor Pledge
- Departmental Presentations
- Tips for Faculty on best practices
- Honor & Integrity Week
Support University Mission
- Issue Educational sanctions
- Conduct equitable hearing process
- Emphasize responsible citizenship
- Ensure academic integrity
- Ensure safety of all members of the community