February 26, 2013

Dear friends,

This week we are introducing a campus-wide virtual safety escort program for Tulane students, faculty and staff that will alert TUPD when a user fails to arrive at their destination on time. It is as simple as placing a call from your mobile phone. Our new "Rave Guardian" allows users to input information about their destination including the time they expect to arrive. Upon their arrival, the user deactivates the service. Otherwise, an alarm will notify TUPD, which will follow up with a phone call.

Rave Guardian lets registered users create a complete caller profile that can include medical conditions, course schedule, addresses, photo and other critical data. Tulanians can register at this link. Once registered, users can call Rave Guardian from their mobile phone at any time to activate a "follow me" feature when traveling on the uptown, downtown and the Tulane Primate Center's northshore campus. It will also work within the one-mile TUPD perimeter jurisdiction uptown.

Rave Guardian will be particularly useful when, for example, Tulanians are walking to or from an off-campus location within the Rave Guardian jurisdiction at night. It can be accessed by any Tulane affiliate utilizing a Tulane.edu email address within the designated jurisdiction, which covers both the uptown and downtown campuses, as well as the Tulane Primate Center's northshore campus.

Rave Guardian can be activated via smart phone or cell phone. The program keeps all user profiles strictly confidential, including destination information. TUPD has no access to this information unless the alarm is activated.

Tulane is pleased to join a growing list of colleges and universities across the country utilizing the Rave Guardian program. I urge all Tulanians to take advantage of this important campus safety feature, although this new mobile service should not replace the standard practice of calling TUPD to report campus-based police, fire or medical emergencies. Should you have any questions, please email me at wavepatrol@tulane.edu.

Supt. Jon Barnwell

Uptown Campus
6823 St. Charles Avenue
Diboll Complex
New Orleans, LA 70118
Emergency: (504) 865-5911
Non-Emergency: (504) 865-5381
Downtown Campus
1430 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Emergency: (504) 988-5555
Non-Emergency: (504) 988-5531

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