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August 2020

Student Life in a Time of Crisis

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The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the college experience beyond academics--it’s important that we find ways to keep students engaged with their interests, activities, and peers while making sure the campus community remains safe.

The Office of Student Life continues to prepare for the fall semester, but there are some current resources you can share with your student to keep them involved.

  • Clubs are a huge way students get involved with fun activities. If your student’s already involved in a club, these resources can help them continue to engage with other members and plan activities.
    Virtual Engagement for Clubs
  • Student Life is also hosting an Involvement Fair, where students can view videos and other materials from clubs and learn how to get involved. The content is in development and will continue to be updated.
  • These resources help students with leadership, team building, mindfulness, conflict management, and a host of other skills.
    Student Leadership Resources
  • And the Virtual Engagement website is a place where students can learn about events, skillshops, escape rooms, virtual tours and museums, and more.

A Safe Return to Campus

If your student is returning to Humboldt County from outside of the area, they will be required to quarantine in their home for 14 days before visiting campus. Please keep this in mind so they are prepared with what they need upon their arrival.

On-campus residence halls have reduced capacity to allow for single occupancy rooms for everyone. Residence Life will continue to review how to provide a housing orientation experience that is consistent with health and safety guidelines. Students will be educated on the importance of social distancing and wearing face coverings. Resident Advisors will be trained on new policies and how to intervene and confront appropriately. And extensive cleaning protocols and isolations measures are in place.

More information about HSU’s return to campus safeguards and precautions can be found on the Campus Ready website.

Getting Here

If you’re driving or your student is traveling by bus to Humboldt State from afar, keep in mind that it can be a long trip. We recommend you pack food, as dining spots and grocery stores get sparse in the last few hours before you reach Arcata. The Arcata Transit Center station is about a mile from campus, and there’s a city bus that connects to campus. Plan ahead by checking Caltrans road conditions and giving yourself plenty of time to travel. For detailed directions to HSU as well as other travel information, visit

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Giving Opportunity

This past year, donors gave over $150,000 in emergency support to HSU students. Gifts raised last year ensure that students can continue on their path to graduation, even during the pandemic. The need, however, is far from over as students gear up for another year of school in the uncertain environment of COVID-19. To support HSU students during this crucial time, please consider making an online gift to one of the emergency student support funds. Your support helps students stay in school, even through the unprecedented challenges they are facing.

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Wildlife Professor Matt Johnson and students monitor birds for wing length and age every ten days, reporting the information to a continent-wide collaboration for conservation.

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Events & Deadlines

Monday, Aug. 24
Virtual instruction begins

Tuesday, Sept. 8
Face-to-face instruction begins

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