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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safer here than I do walking into a store

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I love the fact that the school has many of the emergency call polls around the campus and that the polices are always available to escort students who walk alone at night. The school provides a great safe and secured way for students to feel protective.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It the same but different since it a police area.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The college does care for its students and make sure that everyone is safe from any type of threats.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I haven't experienced anything yet and would love for it to be there. With the strength of God and his grace, he will be able to protect me against what man cant protect me from.


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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 138 responses

  • 16% None
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 87 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 129 responses

  • 47% High quality, very convenient.
  • 30% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 138 responses

  • 31% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 160 responses

  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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