Campus Safety Apps Are for Staff and Faculty Too

Picture of Scott McGrath By Scott McGrath



libraryMobile safety applications such as Rave Guardian have garnered a lot of attention as tools that help students build a social safety net on campus and provide Public Safety with critical information such as “see something say something” tips and personal information that turbocharges an effective response from responders during a crisis or urgent situation.

One factor that is sometimes overlooked is the value an app provides to faculty and staff on campus, in hospitals, and in related facilities, as well. First and foremost, staff are specifically concerned with environmental safety, potentially more “on the lookout” for issues that might be occurring that require investigation or mitigation from Public Safety.

Safety tips to Public Safety from a concerned leader in your community have a very high value. Your staff are more focused on what should and shouldn’t be happening in their immediate vicinity. Staff familiar with the everyday workings of your environment are likelier to notice more nuanced anomalies – suspicious behavior, suspicious packages, an emerging violent situation or rioting, or just someone in need of assistance.

Staff teaching in remote locations, working non-standard hours, walking to remote parking areas, also want and deserve protection, even when the risks associated with the environment are not “panic” scenarios but instead are less specific concerns – reasonable concerns about individual safety while conducting the daily routines of your institution or enterprise.

With the number of high profile events such as active shooter scenarios, as well as ongoing threats such as erratic student behavior, many institutions have installed or been asked to install physical button devices in classrooms. While these provide a critical safety point during a panic event, they do have limitations:

  1. Obviously, the user needs to be in close proximity to the button, but what happens if an event is occurring in hallways or remote locations not near the user?
  2. Such devices limit control over who uses them; false activations may become a problem.
  3. The information such devices convey to responders is limited.

A mobile app provides an additional tool, carried nearly all the time as a ubiquitous device on the modern smartphone, that extends the reach of safety to connect faculty and staff to public safety resources. On college campuses, Rave Guardian provides the social safety net and connection point for inbound tips that can be used to extend the eyes and ears of public safety.

In addition to Guardian, Rave’s innovative Panic Button application can add situational awareness to panic events, notifying key responders during an active shooter or serious medical emergency – very much the mobile extension of the physical device.

So while a mobile app provides a high profile safety program that protects students in a college campus and helps parents feel more comfortable about how the institution is being proactive about campus safety, don’t forget the additional value point for the people who teach, instruct, and manage your campuses.  They have a lot to contribute to your environmental safety, and they are the heart and soul of the mission of your university and a high priority for protection and safety.

For more information about Rave Guardian and Rave Panic Button, please contact us.

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Scott McGrath

Written by Scott McGrath

Scott McGrath is Public Safety Solutions Architect and has served in several roles at Rave for over 10 years. Scott works with customers directly as a client resource and solutions architect to ensure that our products are optimized for the specific needs of our customers and focused on best practices - before, during and after onboarding. Scott also works with Rave's Customer Success team on training tools, including Rave Academy online learning management system courseware, live trainings by webinars, and on-site with customers. Scott has 29 years of experience in web, education, and safety high technology, and has worked at Sun Microsystems, Educational Testing Service, Ziff-Davis Communications, AT&T, and Percussion Software as a technology specialist and product manager. On the personal side, he's got abiding hobbyist compulsions for tech gadgetry (computers, headphones, mobile tech), music as both a listener and a player, and a notorious obsession with cows that defies explanation.


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