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Our Commitment

Southern Methodist University is an organization with strong values of responsibility and integrity. Our Code of Ethics contains general guidelines for conducting business with the highest standards of ethics.

SMU is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. The Code of Ethics articulates ethical standards, principles and policies which all members of the University community are expected to uphold by incorporating these values into their daily University actions and activities.

Report Your Concerns

Your input is valuable, and you are encouraged to speak up and report your concerns. We want you to feel comfortable in approaching your supervisor, department chair, dean, or other administrator in instances where you believe misconduct or violations of policies or standards have occurred in the workplace.

In situations where you prefer to report anonymously, we encourage you to use this hotline, hosted by EthicsPoint, a third-party provider. The information you provide will be sent to SMU by EthicsPoint on a totally confidential and anonymous basis if you should choose. You have our guarantee that your comments will be heard and handled promptly and judiciously. Please see the EthicsPoint FAQs for additional information.


The SMU Protection of Whistleblowers – No Retaliation Policy strictly prohibits and does not tolerate retaliation against any individual who files a report of fraudulent, dishonest, or illegal conduct. No member of the University community may interfere with the good faith reporting of a suspected or actual violation; no individual who makes such a report shall be subject to retaliation, including harassment or any adverse employment, academic or educational consequence, as a result of making a report.

To Make a Report

You may use either of the following two methods to submit a report:

  • OR
  • Dial toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada:

After you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a "report key." Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place. After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions.

Follow-Up on a Report

  • Report Key:
  • Password:

Please enter the report key provided to you and the password you created when you submitted your concern. If you do not have an EthicsPoint report key and password, please click here to follow up.