New Campus Safety App, Rave Alert, In the Works

Coahoma Community College is currently anticipating the launch of the Rave Alert app, a product of the Rave Mobile Safety technological service. The new cellular phone-friendly resource will allow students, faculty and staff to communicate emergencies, including safety concerns, directly and anonymously to on-campus law enforcement personnel and other support staff members.

New Campus Safety App, Rave Alert, In the Works

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4157 - Melody Dixon

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Fri Aug 3, 2018

Coahoma Community College is currently anticipating the launch of the Rave Alert app, a product of the Rave Mobile Safety technological service. The new cellular phone-friendly resource will allow students, faculty and staff to communicate emergencies, including safety concerns, directly and anonymously to on-campus law enforcement personnel and other support staff members.

“The thing that will be completely new for the College is Rave Eyewitness, which is a product that will enable students, faculty, and staff to send an anonymous text message to provide tips to the Campus Police department,” said Robert Stalder, the chief information officer of the Office of Information Technology. “Campus Police will have a dashboard to receive all of these texts, and manage them on one screen, while also having the ability to respond to the texts sent in.”

Karen Done, the director of the Division of Student Engagement says the application’s features include push notifications that will ultimately result in a more actively engaged student body. The ability to send bits and pieces of information to police officers could play a huge part in preventing danger when things appear to violate safety policies.

“The Division of Student Engagement is interested in bringing the Rave Mobile Safety app to campus as a means of building positive community relationships by engaging and sharing with our CCC family,” Done stated.

According to the Rave Mobile Safety website, students will be able to send out alert messages that request help when they witness a disturbing occurrence or questionable actions of an individual on campus. A student may want to quickly report an alarming situation; this is made possible by simply typing a message.

“This app will allow us, through texting confidential tips, location sharing, call directory and a content portal to engage immediately with our students, faculty and staff,” Done said. “We feel this is a way to engage more directly with the younger generation who more readily use texting and apps. Additionally, this is a means to solicit more need-to-know information that would be shared via anonymous tips.”

Stalder, supervisor over the Office of Information Technology, explained that the Rave Alert is an efficient way for the entire campus community, whether on or off campus, to be notified of important procedures or warnings by various means of social interaction such as by phone, email, text message, Twitter and Facebook. Rave will replace a similar existing application the school has been utilizing, CampusCast. Users will need online access to view the app, which displays as an organized interface that allows for easy navigation.

The application is expected to be available at the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester.