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Basic Needs

Campus and community resources to help HSU students meet their basic needs. Learn about food, housing, mental health, and child care resources.

Student Life & Support Services

The University will offer students a variety of campus activities and programs to connect them with the campus community and resources that support their success at HSU.

November 2, 2021

Here’s what you need to know:

  • A virtual student orientation is planned for all new incoming freshmen and transfer students.
  • For students who are in the local area or living on campus, we will have in-person orientation activities plans.
  • Most student services will be offered virtually and in person.
  • Several clubs and organizations—including the Cultural Centers—are planning virtual engagement opportunities for students.
  • The Student Recreation Center is preparing physical distancing measures and other procedures to reopen. The Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center will be opening for paddleboard, kayak, and equipment rentals in mid-July.

New Student Orientation

We are planning a virtual student orientation for all new incoming freshmen and transfer students. Part of orientation will be asynchronous where students will be able to learn about various offices and resources for students to be successful throughout their time here at HSU.

We will have virtual synchronous sessions the week prior to the beginning of the semester where new students will be able to engage with their major, faculty, and most importantly other students in their cohort. We will also have some in-person activities for students who are living in the local area. For more information visit

Study & Community Spaces

Buildings and computer labs ( will be open as normal. The Library Seismic Retrofit has experienced a number of unexpected conditions and requires additional time to complete. Due to the nature of the work, the expected date of completion will be December 2021, therefore the HSU Library main floors 1-3 will remain closed for the Fall 2021 Semester. The Library Ground floor and the services offered within will be open for Fall 2021.

See a map of Study Rooms and Computer Labs here.

Student Services

Most student services will be offered virtually for the fall 2020 semester. These include:

  • Academic & Career Advising Center
  • Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence
  • Dean of Students office
  • Financial Aid office
  • Learning Center
  • Student Life office
  • Registrar's office

Some services will have limited in-person interactions: 

  • Cashier’s Office
  • Student Health Center
  • Testing Center
  • Student Disability Resource Center 
  • Veteran’s Enrollment & Transition Services 

This list is not exhaustive, so please check respective department websites on whether they will be offering services in-person or virtually. Also, check the Student Services & Resources guide.


Student Life & Programming

Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life and its departments are planning virtual engagement opportunities for students. This includes fraternity/sorority life, student organizations and clubs, leadership programming, campus resource fairs, workshops, weekly volunteer and community engagement opportunities, homecoming, podcasts, virtual dialogues, open houses, and celebrations. Student clubs and organizations will be active during the academic year, and will be allowed to host organization meetings and events virtually.  

Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.) Virtual volunteer and community engagement opportunities
Social Justice, Equity & Inclusion Center  Social justice advocacy, identity exploration, and cross-cultural learning experiences
Clubs & Organizations Support for registered clubs & student organizations
Office of Student Life General engagement & leadership development support

Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence

Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence will continue with their virtual engagement opportunities.

African American Center for Academic Excellence (AACAE) 
  • Virtual Check-ins provide new incoming freshmen and transfer students  a chance to get connected to the AACAE and get acclimated to the campus.
  • AACAE Resource Mixer will be a virtual open house for students to engage with the AACAE and learn about  other campus resources.
  • Talking Drum will be a student-centered and facilitated space in collaboration with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). It will be a virtual community space for Black students to connect with each other and personnel from CAPS.
  • Melanin Monday is a campaign that will engage students over social media to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity within Blackness. The campaign will feature raffles, Black culture news (current events, pop culture etc), and Black movie and book reviews.
  • Queer People of Color (QPOC) continuation of the student facilitated community space for our queer students of color. 
  • Student life podcast will be a biweekly recorded live program hosted by AACAE student assistants and students affiliated with the Center. The content is designed for a student audience and will include interviews and conversations with campus resources that are supporting students while learning virtually. There will also be content that covers current events, pop culture, music, food and more.
  • Exploring the African Diaspora podcast brings together a range of voices from across the African diaspora. This biweekly program will be recorded live then published for listeners to check out at a later time.
El Centro 
  • El Centro Open House will be a virtual open house for students to engage with El Centro and get to know other resources on-campus and highlight upcoming events.
  • QPOC is a continuation of the student facilitated community space for our queer students of color. 
  • Café con Chisme is a facilitated dialogue between student leaders about a topic of the day.
  • Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) will have keynote speakers, visiting scholars, online book clubs, film series, panels, and other engagement activities.
Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP)
  • New Student Welcome and Orientation provide current ITEPP students and staff the opportunity to meet with incoming freshmen and transfer students via Zoom to welcome them to the campus and help them acclimate to the community.
  • Virtual Check-ins provide new incoming freshmen and transfer students a chance to  to get connected to the ITEPP and get acclimated to the campus.
  • Virtual cultural sharing provides students the opportunity  to share songs, story, art of their culture, and celebrate Native culture. 
  • Celebrating California Native American Day will include a celebration of all things Native American.
  • Indigenous Peoples Speaker/Film/Music Series (Oct. 12 - 16) will be a week-long series of workshops, films, and music educating the campus community on indigenous people’s issues, culture, and history.


Voting Information


Recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Orders and the California Legislature passed subsequent legislation directing that all active voters will receive a vote by mail ballot for the Presidential General Election on November 3, 2020. For this reason, it is important for voters to check their voter registration status and re-register to update any changes to their residential address and/or mailing address. Read more about voter registration, important dates, reminders and more.


Student Recreation Center and Center Activities

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is now open to all students Monday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m., Friday noon-6 p.m., and closed on weekends. Students who visit the SRC will get tags to leave on the equipment they use which will be disinfected by staff after use. 

The Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (HBAC) will be opening for paddleboard, kayak and equipment rentals in mid-July. Contact them directly for more information and to purchase your rental in advance at

On-campus jobs

Due to the nature of COVID-19 and the campus needing to remain a certain level of occupancy, many on-campus student jobs have been changed for students to work remotely. There will be some jobs that require students to be on campus, where their job responsibilities and environment have been altered to meet Humboldt County Public Health guidelines. If you already have an on-campus job, please contact your direct supervisor to see what your student employment will look like for Fall 2020. If you are looking for a job, please visit HSU Handshake site or the Human Resources Student Employment page.

Accessibility Support Services

The Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) will have a hybrid model for educational services. Work will continue remotely with a minimal number of staff and students performing essential, face-to-face functions within the SDRC office including: fax retrievals, confidential disability documentation processing, equipment check out and returns, LiveScribe smart pen trainings, and on-campus transportation service. 

Fall office procedures:

  • Staff meet with students remotely as well as limited face to face appointments Monday – Friday, 8 – 5 p.m.
  • Zoom and phone appointments are scheduled with Accessibility Specialists by calling (707) 826-4678 or emailing
  • Limited face-to-face office hours are available during the week for essential business by appointment
  • SDRC will limit the number of individuals in the office at one time as a safety measure
  • Physical distancing and face coverings are mandatory
  • Virtual walk-in appointments are available based on Accessibility Specialists schedules

Note-taking services: Note taking (NT) accommodations are arranged by meeting remotely with an Accessibility Specialist who, in consultation with the student, arranges for the most appropriate accommodation of the following:   

  • Classroom volunteers – students taking the same online class, scan their notes, and email them to the student.
  • LiveScribe pen – the pen is checked out by request. Face-to-face training is provided on how to use the pen and download the software on the student’s laptop
  • Academic Student Assistant – student assistants take notes in virtual classrooms, scan them and provide them to the student or to SDRC for distribution
  • Note-taking Express (NTE)– NTE prepares notes from recorded Zoom courses and is primarily used for students who require NT in highly specialized classes and have a need for mathematical notations like Math Type

Captioning and interpreting services: Captioning and Interpreting services are available remotely by emailing and requesting an appointment with the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Coordinator. 

Arrangements for these accommodations can require extensive preparation and communication with various individuals so advanced notification is highly recommended. Requests should be made at least two weeks before the event but earlier is highly recommended.

E-text: SDRC is in the process of researching a method of delivery for E-text Orientations. Much of the remote training to teach students how to place the required software used with electronic textbooks is troubleshooting and largely depends on the student’s computer software and capabilities. We continue to explore options for providing virtual E-text Orientations for new students as this is being written.

For returning students who are experienced E-text users, early requests are encouraged and can be made to the Assistive Technology Specialist by calling or emailing SDRC at (707_826-4678 or email

Transportation service: Students with disabilities requiring on campus transportation assistance may request rides by calling SDRC at (707) 826-4678 and submitting the online form at the Online Tram Service Agreement and Ride Schedule form 

  • Requests for transportation services should be submitted 24 hours in advance
  • Van drivers are limited to one passenger in the vehicle at a time
  • SDRC vehicles will be cleaned after each ride 

Student Health, Wellbeing & Basic Needs

HSU provides a slew of support services for students. For a complete list and details, go to the Student Health & Wellbeing guide. And remember that emergency help is available 24/7:

  • University Police: (707) 826 - 5555 or 911 (on-campus)
  • Humboldt County Mental Health: (707) 268-2900
  • 24-Hour County Crisis Line: (707) 445-7715