William & Mary Urges Students to Use the Rave Guardian App

The College of William and Mary has a new, free tool to help students feel safe. It’s called the Rave Guardian app and allows you to connect with W&M Police with one touch, send a text or photo tip.

“The app will also let you set a timer if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place, so that friends, police, or others you trust will be notified if you are late,” Ginger Ambler, the vice president for Student Affairs, explained in a message to the college community on September 29.

Ambler stressed that it’s one of many personal safety items on the college’s Emergency Management Team’s website.

“Many of us have close ties to the UVA community, and our hearts go out to all those who know and care about Hannah. The situation is also a chilling reminder that, even in seemingly safe college towns, serious crimes can and do occur,” Ambler added.

She noted that it’s important for everyone to be very aware of the surroundings, to watch out for each other and to take precautions wherever possible. Officials remind students to walk in groups, especially late at night and use resources such as Campus Escort and Steer Clear Safe Ride.

Most colleges and universities have safety resources on their Websites and you can also check with campus police for advice.