Health & Safety

Huntsville, TX
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel secure, I am not one to go looking for trouble. There is crime, but no more than any other school.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I rarely ever see campus police the only time I really get anything is whenever KATSAFE contacts me.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sam Houston State University is a very safe campus. There are many police vehicles around that are willing to help anyone. There is also an escort service that will walk you anywhere you need to go on campus during the night.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, it is just non students who worry me.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are emergency stations provided if anyone is being attacked. There are also university escorts that can be called if their is any reason to feel unsafe. Campus crime is generally unheard of.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 378th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1120th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1288th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roberautrice Eddie
Hanau, Germany
Broadcast Journalism
Grad Year
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The health and safety of students at Sam Houston State is taken very seriously, and the administration and school officials see it as a top priority. The health center at SHSU is very convenient and easy to use. Sick students simply need to call to arrange an appointment—and not a whole lot more. The health center is easily accessible to students, and the staff there knows what it’s doing. A potential safety concern is the local prisons. Huntsville is home to one of the biggest prison systems in Texas, but there are tons of law enforcement officials around and extra safety precautions are always taken into account. Initially, many students are intimidated and somewhat afraid of the amount of prisons near campus, but as time goes on, students actually feel very safe because there are so many law enforcement officials around.

For the most part, the campus at SHSU is safe, but if there were any spot to be extra cautious or wary of, it would be down the road past the student health clinic and several parking lots, where there is a prison unit. This causes some students to feel uneasy at first, but again, with the high level of security and constant monitoring of the area, fear of walking in Huntsville fades with time. The campus police and Huntsville police are very present and can be seen within a few blocks every couple of minutes. SHSU students are always safe and can feel confident that their protection is a priority.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
University Police Department
2424 Sam Houston Ave.
(936) 294-1794
Safety Services
  • Anonymous online crime reporting
  • Daily crime log
  • Emergency call-boxes and telephones
  • Late-night escorts
  • Online registration of personal property
  • Vehicle assists
Health Center
Student Health Center
1528 Avenue J
(936) 294-1805
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Asthma management
  • Basic medical care
  • Health education
  • Immunizations
  • Lab testing
  • Minor suturing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Referrals
  • STI/HIV testing
  • TB testing
  • Women's health
  • Wound care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
SHSU has emergency call-boxes in strategic locations across campus that allow direct communication with the police department.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 94 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Drugs
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 93 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 65% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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