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‘Blue lights’ go digital

Personal safety on campus just became a lot more portable.

The College announced a Kenyon-specific version of Rave Guardian in a campus-wide email on March 28. Guardian is an application developed by Rave Mobile Safety, a Massachusetts-based company specializing in the creation of data and communication software to help individuals and safety officials communicate in emergency contexts, according to its website.      

Director of Campus Safety Bob Hooper said that, as of Wednesday, Campus Safety had received three messages via the app’s “tip line,” a feature that allows students to send Safety direct messages about potentially problematic activity or situations.

“This system also allows anyone to be in contact with Campus Safety from anywhere,” Hooper wrote in an email to the Collegian. “It’s like having a blue light phone no matter where you are on campus.”

Chief Business Officer Mark Kohlman said he has already downloaded the app on his personal phone.

“If you have all the location services turned on, if you call Safety, they will know exactly where you are,” Kohlman said. “It’s just another option for students to have with them at all times, if they have a phone that can run the app.”

Kohlman did not have a role in contracting with Rave Mobile Safety. He said that Campus Safety and Library and Information Services (LBIS) had studied the app before Kenyon purchased it in order to make sure it would not conflict with Kenyon’s computer systems or security protocols.    

“It’s a very good idea,” Francis Byrne ’19 said. “I think the app offers the opportunity for students to feel more safe in a Kenyon environment.”


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