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University of San Diego Introduces New App Feature, SafetyCheck

In response to the growing demand for safety awareness on campuses nationwide, the University of San Diego has released SafetyCheck, a bundle of powerful safety features in the USD Mobile App and Student Portal making it easier for USD students to update emergency contacts, learn safety tips, add travel plans, or request a safety escort simply with the push of a button.

With 5,000+ users on campus, MySDMobile App is the most popular USD mobile app to date. Students already turn to the MySDMobile App to check tram times, view their grades, look up their class schedule, and receive campus messages. 

These new SafetyCheck features were designed with students in mind so that they can access safety tips and campus safety resources wherever they are, and on any device.

With USD SafetyCheck, students will also be able to: 

- Call Public Safety if they need assistance or are in an emergency

- Register side trips while studying abroad

- Press the safety check button to notify USD that they are safe during an emergency event

- Store their emergency contact information for easy access to first responders in an emergency

Students can request a safety escort directly from the app while walking across campus at night, and check out safety tips to make sure they are safe wherever they are – at home, on campus, and abroad. They can also submit a safety concern if they see anything suspicious like a pothole or a break-in just by taking a picture with their smartphone, tagging a location, and sending a short description.

Safety among college students is a national interest, and a top priority on university campuses today. USD SafetyCheck makes connecting with safety tips and campus safety resources more engaging and accessible.

“What we’ve found in designing SafetyCheck for students is that we really had to think of how millennials move about their day – and how they would connect with certain campus safety resources in a more user-friendly way,” says Avi Badwal, senior director of enterprise technologies department at University of San Diego.

“We are very proud to partner with Public Safety to create SafetyCheck, making it easier for our students to get the assistance they need in the moment they need it the most,” says Chris Wessells, vice provost and chief information officer at the University of San Diego.


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