New app helping UMass students feel safe

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Like every year, numerous students moved into their UMass Dartmouth dormitories this weekend. But this year, a new smartphone app is being made available to keep students safe.

The school has contracted with the Rave Guardian Campus Safety App for smartphones, which allows students to send in tips, activate a panic switch, and use a check-in function. That function tells Rave Guardian where you are, where you are going, and your estimated time of arrival. That way, if it’s taking much longer than it should for you to arrive at your destination, police will know.

“It will provide a GPS location of where the person is and their contact information”, said Emil Fiorvanti, the Campus Police Chief, “so we’ll know who it is we’re looking for and where they should be.”

Chief Fiorvanti added the app is completely optional. Students can choose how much, if any, of those services they want to use.

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