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Cal State East Bay Launches App to Help Students Report Emergencies

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    A new smartphone app may change the way college campuses respond to an emergency. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015)

    A new smartphone app may change the way college campuses respond to an emergency.

    Rave Guardian is an app available for students at San Jose State and Cal State East Bay.

    "With the increase desire for safety, we had to find a way that reaches our students," said Sheryl Boykins, Cal State East Bay police chief.

    Desi Calzada, an administrative manager at Cal State East Bay, said there are four components to the app.

    "There's a safety timer component that allows people to set up a guardian as they travel from point A to point B," Calzada said.

    The app sounds an alert if a student user does not make it to a destination in a certain amount of time. It is up to the student to deactivate the app when you they reach their destination.

    The app also features a one-button 911 option on the phone. Students also can text the police department through the app.

    "This is an opportunity for parents to be onboard," Boykins said. "For students to have a sense of safety they can control."

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