Staying safe and prepare for emergencies in college
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April 2021

Staying Safe in College

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Keeping your student safe is a priority at Humboldt State. Like anywhere, there’s potential on the North Coast for unique natural disasters and other safety issues, and University staff regularly trains and prepares for emergency situations.

IMPORTANT: Remind your student they can sign up for HSU alerts via text.

The HSU Risk Management office regularly develops and updates emergency procedures for a variety of hazards, from pandemics to shootings. Humboldt County is earthquake country, so it’s important for students to be involved in the preparation and response to emergencies. HSU staff trains and runs drills every year to prepare.

Remind them that the first thing to do if an earthquake happens is to Drop, Cover, and Hold On. They should know evacuation routes and gathering points for the buildings and rooms they spend a lot of time in. The HSU campus is well out of the tsunami zone, but if students are in low-lying areas in the event of a large quake, they should immediately head to higher ground. Students should also know about water safety and road safety, and what to do in case of wild animal encounters, severe storms, and outages.

Find detailed information on the Risk Management website. Student residents can find safety information on the Housing website.

Students can apply to join our Campus Emergency Response Team, a volunteer crew that responds to campus emergencies to assist first responders. Team members undergo regular trainings and exercises.

More campus safety information for parents and families is available in this guide (pdf).

Remember, in times of emergency, is the best source for updates and campus communications. You can also call 707.826.INFO.

HSU also offers the Rave Guardian app, available for Apple and Android smartphones, which allows students to stay in constant contact with a list of trusted contacts and make immediate contact with University Police, including to send anonymous tips. We encourage all students to download the app. More information can be found at

Meet New University Police Chief Anthony Morgan

Anthony Morgan is Humboldt State’s newest chief of police and the first African American to hold the position in the University’s history. Arriving in Humboldt with a long career in law enforcement, Morgan is excited about living in the redwoods and working hand-in-hand with the HSU community.

“It’s so important for law enforcement to listen to the concerns and needs of students, faculty, staff, and neighbors of the University,” says Morgan.
Read more about the new Chief here.

Spring 2021 Commencement: Plan for Limited In-Person Ceremonies

Humboldt State University is excited to announce that it will host a series of limited in-person Commencement ceremonies in Redwood Bowl on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15.The events will be livestreamed, and links to the livestream will be available on the Commencement website and HSU homepage.

In order to host this event in-person for students while meeting state and county guidelines, HSU will not be able to allow spectators at the event.

Based on new state guidance and the results of a survey to students eligible to graduate, Commencement plans will look different from ceremonies in previous years. The ceremonies will balance health and safety, while maintaining some important traditions.

Read more about Commencement here.

Planning for Fall 2021 Classes

With the anticipation of changes to safety guidelines by the state, Humboldt State University plans to expand the number of face-to-face course offerings in Fall 2021 that were originally announced last month.

This planning will enable the campus to proactively maximize face-to-face courses in the safest way possible. University plans are based on a number of factors, including state and county guidelines, vaccination distribution, and risks related to several new COVID-19 variants. Depending on these factors, the University may need to provide in-person courses virtually instead. Any changes will be communicated as soon as possible.
Read more about Fall semester at

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Making a Difference in Students’ Lives

HSU’s crowdfunding campaigns are a great way to join together to help students during difficult times. Current campaigns would raise funds for wildlife optical equipment, the Native American Students Food Sovereignty Lab, wildfire relief, Youth Educational Services, and women’s rowing. Learn more about student fundraising efforts you can support at

A Winning Design

waterbird standing in the water at the Arcata marsh

The Natural Resources Building has a new mural! Artist Vincenzo Alatoree won a student-run contest. The mural was installed last week.

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Events & Deadlines

Wednesday, April 21
Deadline to register for Commencement

May 10-14
Final Exams

May 14-15

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