As part of the Oklahoma State University’s commitment to campus safety, the OSU Department of Public Safety is adopting Rave Guardian, a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety resource.
The university’s current app, Orange Shield, will stop functioning Dec.18. The Rave Guardian app can be downloaded in the Apple or Google Play app stores by searching for “Rave Guardian.” You can also learn more at www.raveguardian.com.
“Rave Guardian will provide the personal safety resource features our campus community has come to expect as well as new features,” said Michael Robinson, chief of Public Safety for OSU. “It will work seamlessly with our current Cowboy Alert system, which is also a Rave product.”
While the app provides valuable resources, in the event of an emergency, dial 911. With the previous app, the ability to place an emergency call from the app itself was enabled. It will not be enabled with Rave Guardian.
“Within Payne County, every dispatch center is now partnered with the same call management system, which provides a great deal of caller information that is easily shared between agencies. An emergency call function within an app would create limitations on the information gathered and shared,” Robinson said. “We want to support best practices in an emergency while providing a resource for our campus community.”
How does the Rave Guardian app work?
- Register and set up an account: Users can add their name, campus address, medical notes and other pertinent information for campus safety in case of emergency.
- Add and message guardians: By adding roommates, friends and family to their network, users can feel safer when walking alone, on or off campus. The student’s emergency contacts can also be messaged directly through the app.
- Set a safety timer: In the event a student feels unsafe, they can set a timer with their current location, indicating where they are going and when they should arrive. If they do not make it there and de-active the timer, their guardians or campus safety will be alerted.
- Send anonymous tips: See something, say something. The app allows users to anonymously text suspicious activity to campus police, including photos.
“The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority,” Robinson said. “The Rave Guardian app allows each one of our campus members to be proactive about their safety and help keep themselves as well as their friends safer. We encourage everyone to download and register with the Rave Guardian app.”
The Rave Guardian app is also in use at OSUIT in Okmulgee, , OSU Medicine and OSU-Tulsa. When visiting a different institution, use the settings wheel in the upper right corner of the app to choose a different campus.
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