February 2021 Updates from DPS

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As we start a new semester, we are starting a new format for monthly emails from the Department of Public Safety (DPS). Each month I will share important safety-related information and updates. For this month, we are going to highlight the following topics:

  • New Rave Guardian safety app
  • COVID reminders for the Spring 2021 semester
  • Monthly bias update

New Rave Guardian Safety App

Earlier this month, we announced that we are transitioning from the LiveSafe app to the new Rave Guardian app. This new app still provides all of the same features that our users have grown accustomed to, while providing seamless integration into our Orange Alert system. You will still be able to report tips anonymously to DPS, utilize the Safe Walk timer, have easy access to important campus safety resources and connect with DPS or 911 in the event of an emergency.

I encourage you to take the time to visit the Apple or Google Play store and download the app by searching for “Rave Guardian.” Later this month, we will send out a text message to the campus community with the link to download the app. To learn more about the new Rave Guardian App, visit the DPS website at dps.syr.edu.

COVID Reminders

As we work together to keep our community members safe during these extraordinary times, know that the team at DPS is collaborating with departments across campus to educate and enforce the University’s guidelines relating to COVID-19. Please keep the Stay Safe Pledge at the top of your mind and stay safe, stay healthy and do your part.

Monthly Bias Update

Since my last update, there have been no new developments on previous reports. As a reminder, future updates will be posted on the table that we have created on the DPS website.

To report a bias incident, please contact DPS directly at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool or submit anonymous tips via the Rave Guardian app. Any bias-motivated incident reported to DPS will be posted on our public site, so that our campus community can remain informed. You can also report a bias incident and receive support through the STOP Bias website.

Sign up to subscribe to the bias incident reports.

I hope you find this information useful and valuable as an important member of our campus community. I look forward to sharing more with you over the coming months.

Chief Bobby Maldonado