Keeping Montclair Safe

At Montclair State University, we consider the safety of our students, and the environment that they interact within, to be our highest priority. That being said, we also consider the development and utilization of technology to be a key part of our success as a campus and as a community. In an effort to combine these two major priorities, we would like to present to the student body at large The Rave Guardian and The Circle of 6 mobile applications. Both of these apps are easy to use and help provide yet another layer of protection to students' traveling on and around campus.

Circle of 6 App

The Circle of 6 mobile app enables any smartphone user to form a "circle" of six reliable individuals to contact in the event that they are experiencing trouble or distress. Users of the app simply add six people to their circle who are reliable, trustworthy, and always available. For example, someone who owns a car and lives nearby is a good choice.

The Circle of 6 gives you three choices for finding the help you need, each attributed to a particular situation: the car icon if you need someone to pick you up, the phone icon if you need an interruption, and the chat icon if you need advice. If you’ve ever found yourself in a public setting having a very awkward or uncomfortable conversation with a stranger but don’t want to be rude, all you would have to do is click the "phone" icon and your "circle" would be notified via SMS message to potentially bail you out.

Rave Guardian App

The Rave Guardian app was first introduced in 2011. It is designed to give students extra peace of mind when traveling on campus during the late hours of the night. The user sends a text message to University Police with an estimation of how long it will take to arrive at the desired destination, at which point a timer is activated. After the user arrives at the chosen location, the user deactivates the timer to alert University Police that no action is necessary, and they are safe. If the user does not deactivate the timer, University Police is notified and will come to the individual's aid immediately. Students do not need to own a smartphone to utilize this technology - the application is supported on all mobile phones.

Access Apps

Both of these apps are absolutely free and can be located here:
http://www.circleof6app.com/ and 
http://www.montclair.edu/media/montclairedu/oit/documentation/msuapps/rave/Rave-Your-MSU-App.pdf.

With these fine resources at your disposal, there should never be a moment when you don`t feel 100% safe while on our campus.