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.