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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. The university police are very friendly. They do everything they can to make sure you feel safe. You can even call them to walk the campus with you at night.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are a lot of safety precautions that the school takes to make sure the students feels safe. There are two way phones on campus that can used to call campus police in case of emergency.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our administration goes out of their means to have form meeting each month to ensure us that we are safe, feel safe, and to remind us about things and tips that we need to know to protect ourselves and who we can/need to go to if we have been harmed or feel we are going to be harmed in any such way. They also remind us that even if we don't feel these ways that we can still feel free to go talk to them any time we need or want.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: In short, there is not a lot of crime that occurs on or around campus and creates a general safe atmosphere. However, I believe there should be more campus police presence throughout the day.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sam provides good safety for their students.

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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 152 responses

  • 15% None
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 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 105 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 152 responses

  • 32% 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 178 responses

  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% 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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