At Humboldt State we strive to make our campus community the safest learning environment possible. We've instituted time-proven safety and security policies, which are enforced by our trained staff and the professional police officers of our University Police Department. In short, we've taken the first step in providing for your safety. Ultimately, however, guaranteeing your personal safety requires that you also take precautions. Being aware of your environment and surroundings is the best place to start. We will continue to develop and implement security measures, but these measures can only succeed with your participation and support.
To help facilitate safety and security, the Community Advocates (CAs) conduct rounds. After 5pm, these staff members in conjunction with the Residence Life Coordinators (RLCs) are available to assist with emergencies, maintenance issues, lockouts and other issues that may arise. If you need assistance after 5pm, call the Information Desk at (707) 826-3451 and a duty staff member will respond.
Our Card Access System enhances our building security. Residents should always carry their HSU card. Once activated and a pin number is established, this card will allow you to gain access to the building, floor and room to which you were assigned. Additionally, this card will contain your meal points. If you would like to change your pin number, the key card kiosk is located on the first floor of the JGC near the information desk. Do not give/lend your HSU card to anyone- it is a policy violation.
We conduct safety checks of each resident room during HSU breaks to assure items are unplugged and there is no potential fire or safety hazards in unoccupied rooms. An informational memo will be sent out to residents via campus email and mailbox a few weeks prior to the break period. This memo will instruct residents of procedures that should be followed in preparation for the break.
The University Police Department is located in the Student & Business Services Building, Room 101. The State certified police officers at Humboldt State University are responsible for the protection of life and property in our campus community. Some of the services provided by UPD include:
You may have valuable possessions in your room such as a stereo, jewelry, television, computer, or perhaps your favorite pair of jeans. You must ensure that these things are not vulnerable to theft or damage. These crime prevention tips may save you some grief.
Located on the back of your room door is an Emergency Information Card. This card provides you with important safety and evacuation information. Be sure to familiarize yourself with this emergency information and learn where all exits are located. Do not tamper with or remove this card.
Because we live in a rural area with a community forest as our backyard, seeing wildlife on campus is not uncommon. Raccoons, deer, foxes and other such mammals are regularly seen on campus. While none of these animals pose a threat to humans, any wild animal can be potentially dangerous and should be avoided. So as to not attract unnecessary attention to the resident halls please dispose trash in designated areas and check to make certain trash can lids are closed tightly.
Mountain lions are very shy creatures and are rarely seen. However, they have been spotted in the community forest on occasion and in the woods behind the Canyon and Creekview. Should you have an encounter with a mountain lion, DO NOT turn and run away. Give the animal its space, and shout or yell at it. This will likely cause the mountain lion to move along on its way. Be sure to contact UPD if you have an encounter or spot a mountain lion on campus.
If animals are demonstrating unusual behavior, or being aggressive without provocation call UPD at (707) 826-5555.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. As a community, we need to watch out for each other’s safety. This includes creating an environment where physical violence and sexual assault are not acceptable. To help achieve this goal you can do your part through educating yourself on how to end rape culture, through talking about these issues with friends and through stopping yourself before making the decision to sexually assault someone.
True prevention of rape exists by changing the culture to make rape unacceptable and teaches people not to rape. While the following tips will not necessarily prevent a rapist from committing rape, they may increase your physical security and make it more difficult for sexual assault to occur.
UPD provides escort services, call (707) 826-5555 at anytime.
We are here to support you in any and all efforts to ease survival of an incident. If you need to report an incident of sexual assault or misconduct, contact any Housing staff member. Survivors may also seek assistance from:
The North Coast Rape Crisis Team offers a 24-hour crisis line with immediate support services to survivors of sexual assault and their family and friends, information on medical and legal procedures survivors can expect to encounter, accompaniment to medical exams and law enforcement agencies and on-going support for survivors. You DO NOT have to deal with a sexual assault situation alone; these resources are accessible to you.
Please note: Humboldt State University officials (except counselors at HSU Counseling & Psychological Services) are mandated reporters and will need to notify University police of situations which might be considered sexual assault. North Coast Rape Crisis (707) 445-2881 in most cases can provide anonymous support services.