Safety: It's what's for dinner

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[Video: The video is animated, with bouncy music in the background.]

[Video: The opening scene is divided. The left side of the video displays a red background with white text. The right side of the video shows two students, one male and one female, holding hands as they take a walk in a park.]

[Words appear in top-left corner: Indiana University presents]

[Words appear in left-center: Travel safely with the Rave Guardian app.]

[Video: A white background is shown. A cartoon hand appears, holding a smartphone displaying the Rave Guardian app. The app is blue, with a white shield-like icon in the middle of it. To the left of the hand is a red rectangle with text in it. The text says "How it Works:"]

[Video: A red background is shown. Two cartoon hands, each holding a smartphone, appear on the left and right side of the screen. The one on the left comes up from the bottom of the screen, while the one on the right comes down from the top. Both phones have the Smart Phone Timer app displayed in the center of the devices. The app is orange and includes a stopwatch icon in the center of it.]

[Text comes down from the top, in the middle of the screen, between the hands: Through the app, send your friend a text that you're taking a 20-minute walk.]

[Video: The scene is divided. The left side of the video displays a white background with red text. The right side of the video shows a student using a smartphone while he is taking a walk in the woods. An icon appears above the phone, showing a map and geolocation marker. This is to indicate that he is using a GPS system on his device.]

[Words appear: Your friend doesn't need to have the app installed.]

[Video: A student uses a smartphone while she is taking a walk along a college campus. An icon appears above the phone she is using, showing a map and geolocation marker. A red welcome sign is shown to the right of her; it says "Welcome" and "Indiana University"]

[Video: A white background is shown. A cartoon hand holding a smartphone, displaying a red geolocation icon, appears. To the right of the smartphone is text.]

[Words appear: It pulls the information from your cellphone contacts.]

[Video: A red background is shown. In the center of the screen is an animated clock. It is white. To indicate that its alarm is going off, the clock is rocking quickly from side to side. Above the clock is white text.]

[Words appear: When the time is up,]

[Video: The scene is divided. The left side of the video is a white background with red text displayed on it. The right side of the video shows a student holding a smartphone. He is on a dark gray background.]

[Words appear on the left side: you get a reminder to let your friend know you've arrived safely,]

[Video: The scene is divided. The right side of the video is a white background with red text displayed on it. The left side of the video shows a female student holding a smartphone. She is seen on the same campus as in her previous scene.]

[Words appear on the right side: and your friend gets an alert that your safe walk timer is up, so they can check in with you.]

[Video: A white background is shown. A cartoon hand holding a smartphone displaying the Rave Guardian app appears. The app is blue, with a white shield-like icon in the middle of it. To the left of the hand is a red rectangle with text in it that says "Download:"]

[Words appear in left-center, under the red rectangle, in red type: Rave Guardian is available on the App Store and on Google Play.]

[Screen goes to black]

[IU trident appears]

[Words appear: Indiana University]

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The Rave Guardian app is Indiana University's one-stop shop for campus safety information. The app is available for download on the App Store and on Google Play. Video by Samantha Thompson, Indiana University

You're halfway through the fifth week of the semester. You know the city like the back of your hand, you know where and when you can snag a good study spot, and you're forming relationships that will last a lifetime.

You might even start to relax. Maybe let your guard down a little.

First mistake! Danger lurks where you least expect it, and it only takes a split second of indecision to strike.

Buckle up, kids -- it's Safety Week.

Guardian safety app

You're always on your phone, even when you know you shouldn't be. Why not multitask and download the Guardian safety app to remain ever vigilant? This app has all sorts of features to keep you safe on the go. Let's check the top two:

  • Safe Walk Timer: Register a friend's or family member's phone number as a "social guardian" to keep you safe on your travels. Set a timer for how long it should take you to walk to your destination, and if it goes off before you deactivate it, a text will be sent to your social guardian, even if they don't have the app. Think of it as a race against time to avoid a call from your mother.
  • IUPD -- Tips Via Text: Spot something fishy? Follow the recommendation of "see something, say something" and send a tip to the IU Police Department. You can use your contact information or send anonymously.

Safety messaging

If something goes awry on campus, you can bet you're going to hear about it. IU-Notify is the tool the university uses to reach out to all students and IU employees about any and all immediate danger. Let's dive in to the three types of messages you might get:

  • Emergency alerts: Whether it be by text, email or the old-fashioned phone call, alerts are sent when there is an immediate threat to campus. Anything from inclement weather to health hazards to criminal activity could be sent in an emergency alert.
  • Crime notices: In accordance with the Clery Act, Indiana University is required to disclose information about crime on campus. Distributed by email only, it will contain a brief description of the crime that occurred and any information that you could use to help yourself.
  • Public safety advisories: When there's an issue facing campus that isn't an immediate danger but needs to be communicated, a PSA will be sent to registered email addresses. For example, a rash of bicycle thefts doesn't put you in danger, but you need to know to lock up your bike tighter tonight.

Indiana University has the tools to keep you safe and up to date, but it's up to you to seek them out.