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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not bad, kind of like a hospital. Very nice employees.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: As mentioned before, SHSU is a very safe campus. The crime rate is low and there are always police men driving around to make sure that everything is safe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There are occasions when assaults are committed but the administrative staff quickly informs you and does what they can to stop it.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our school has spectacular campus security!

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is always someone of authority you can call if you need help.

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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 121 responses

  • 17% None
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 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 48 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 119 responses

  • 45% High quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 8% 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 121 responses

  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% 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 121 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 56% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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