USD Implements Mobile Safety App for Campus Community
The USD Safe app, created by AppArmor, works both on- and off-campus. It serves as a virtual escort to students, providing real-time location information to emergency contacts and the University Police Department (UPD).
“USD Safe quickly connects students with University Police and campus safety plans from the palm of their hands,” said John Howe, associate dean of students. “It is truly a mobile ‘blue light’ that many are familiar with on college campus – only more convenient.”
Students can choose emergency contacts from family members, friends, UPD and the Vermillion Police Department. Based on their location, emergency phone numbers or other app behavior can be modified.
Dispatchers at UPD will have access to a cloud-based dashboard where they can monitor requests, view a real-time map and have the availability to chat. They can also send push alerts or notifications to app users.
The app has several safety features, including a report a tip function where users can identify themselves or remain anonymous.
“Part of our message to members of our community is to maintain campus safety through good bystander behavior. USD Safe provides community members a means to report instances to the University Police through the app and facilitate good bystander behaviors,” Howe said.
The app will be free to all students. For more information, visit the website.
You May Also Like
AUSTIN, Texas — South Dakota senior guard Ciara Duffy was one of five Division I women's basketball players selected to the Academic All-America first team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Duffy earns Academic All-America honors for the third consecutive season.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — All five South Dakota starters scored in double-figures and the Coyotes completed perhaps the greatest regular season in Summit League history with a 63-58 win against rival and second-seeded South Dakota State in the tournament championship game Tuesday inside the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.
VERMILLION, S.D. – Two University of South Dakota faculty members are partnering with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Sioux Falls agency Call to Freedom to better understand what sex trafficking survivors think about the services they receive — and to learn what services they find most helpful.