The official safety app of the University of Utah will replace the previous U Heads Up! app. It maintains the emergency plans, resources, and tip reporting functions and includes a variety of additional features designed with you in mind. It has emergency contacts, campus resources, a virtual friend walk, work alone check-ins, and more!
The app will be available soon as a pilot release but includes full functionality of the features outlined below. The University Safety Department is collecting feedback from users and campus partners to make updates and improvements for the next version.
To share feedback, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Key Safety Features
The SafeU App allows users to send their location to a contact through email or SMS. Once the friend accepts the Friend Walk request, the user picks the destination, and the friend tracks the location in real-time, keeping an eye on the person to make sure they get to their destination safely.
The user has a panic button that alerts their friend of an emergency and triggers a call to emergency services. If the friend closes the window where they're monitoring the user, they are notified and given the option to call emergency services immediately. When users reach their destination, they end the trip and are no longer tracked by their friend.
This feature can be used anywhere across the country and is link to local emergency services.
"I’m OK" sends your location and a pre-populated message to contacts in your phone to indicate that you are OK. The feature uses the GPS location of the device and includes it as a link in the message you send to your contact. It provides the contact with your one-time position
Those who find themselves working alone in a lab, office, or other space can use the app to check in on them at regular intervals. The Work Alone feature allows the user to determine how often they want the app to automatically check in on them. The feature can even automatically trigger a distress call to a contact in their phone or alert emergency services.
Users enter important information, such as how long they plan to work, how often the app should check in on them, and who they want as their emergency contact. Once these selections are made, users start their Work Alone session and the app will send them a push notification to check-in at the frequency they've selected. The user can confirm they're OK and the app will check in again at the designated interval. However, if the user ignores or doesn't reply to the check-in within five minutes, the app will make an outbound call to the emergency contact or to the University Safety Department. The person who receives the call has the option to call the end user back or call campus emergency services.
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Users can access emergency resources and plans, essential phone numbers, and other emergency information even when not connected to the internet. Relevant plans are included for those on campus, as well as those working in the health care system.
Users can report tips to University Police, the Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, The Racist and Bias Incident Response Team, the Behavioral Intervention Team, report a maintenance, lighting or grounds issue to Facilities Management, or share their feedback with the University Safety Department.
If you believe you have witnessed a crime on campus or have been a victim of a crime on campus and would like to report it anonymously to University Police, complete the Silent Witness form.
- Users can receive push notifications for campus alerts and will also have access to view all previous alerts. Notification history displays the title, description, date, and time of each message, giving an overview of the events or emergencies on campus. If someone happens to miss a message, a copy of the message will appear in the push notification history.
- The University of Utah has many resources available for the campus community. The SafeU App includes phone numbers, email addresses, and information for centers, resources, and offices across campus.