A new safety app that utilizes GPS location services has been approved by Colorado State University administration, despite concerns that the app may not be effective.
There is an annual fee of $20,000 to $25,000 for the app, which will be funded completely by administration, according to ASCSU Vice President Lance Li Puma.
The app has a two-click panic button to quickly alert police of an emergency and uses an indoor positioning system to give the exact location of the alert. Users will be able to fill out a profile within the app that lists emergency contacts, medical conditions and allergies and gives a description of their appearance.
Li Puma said they are currently working on contracting and purchasing the app. Once they have determined what services will be provided, the company will map out the campus and integrate information from the CSU Police Department.
“We’re looking to get it running by early next fall,” Li Puma said.
Services such as RamRide, TransFort, Victim Assistance Team and the Public Safety Team will be available within the app. It will only work in areas that are within the jurisdiction of the CSU Police Department.
This app will be another tool available to students to help keep them safer, according to Li Puma.
“Our blue lights are still across campus, but now you have one in your phone,” Li Puma said.
Monica Rivera, assistant director of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center, said that the app wouldn’t be effective in reducing sexual violence on campus, and the funds could be put to a better use.
“We know that 98 percent of our students on campus who experience violence are experiencing violence at the hands of someone that they know and trust,” Rivera said.
CSU junior Jessica Hayes studying journalism said the app seems like a great idea, but she does not think that she would use it.
“I feel like people should just be mindful of their surroundings,” Hayes said. “If you don’t feel comfortable walking somewhere at a certain time, find an alternative route or ask a friend to accompany you.”
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