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Rave Guardian

Rave Guardian


Download the Rave Guardian app today from the app store, or Google Play, with a photo of a cell phone.


The Rave Guardian mobile application allows users to invite friends, family, or the Department of Public Safety to act as a virtual safety escort, or “guardian,” when they travel from one location to another on campus. Rave Guardian also features a panic button  - which dials UI Police directly - and a texting option that gives those on campus the ability to text safety concerns to police anonymously.

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Pro­file data is stored privately and securely within Rave Mobile Safety’s redundant and geographically diverse databases.  Your profile can only be viewed by UI Public Safety when your safety timer expires, when you send a non-anonymous tip, or when you call University of Iowa Police from the app.

Rave Guardian cannot be used to locate you without your knowledge. Your profile and location (if you have enabled the location service within the app) are only available to UI Public Safety when your timer expires or when you place a call to the University of Iowa Police through the app.

No.  UI Public Safety is only notified of your timer expiring if you have selected “Hawk Watch” to be your guardian, either as the primary guardian or secondary guardian. The app will remind you to turn off your safety timer a few minutes before it expires.

The features of the app will work off-campus; however, if you have an emergency at an off-campus location you should dial 9-1-1.  The tip feature is for University of Iowa campus locations only.

Anyone can be your guardian as long as they’ve downloaded the app and you’ve added them to your guardian list. Guardians can be a friend, family member, room mate, or UI Public Safety.

The “Call University of Iowa Police” feature will route your call to the University of Iowa Emergency Communications Dispatch center. We encourage students, faculty and staff to use this feature while on campus. The “Call 9-1-1” feature will route your call to the nearest emergency call center exactly as if you placed the call by dialing 9-1-1.

Anyone can call 9-1-1 from within Rave Guardian. Your call will be directed to the nearest 9-1-1 call center, exactly as if you placed the call by dialing it yourself.

The more information you provide, the more UI Public Safety knows if they need to assist you in an emergency. At a minimum, your address (home and school), your physical description and a recent photo are great places to start. If you have a particular health issue or other personal safety concern, you can include that information as well. Hawk Watch users should only provide as much information as they are comfortable sharing.

Yes. You need to use your University of Iowa email address when signing up to gain access to campus-specific safety features.

Yes.  All tips are automatically set to be anonymous unless the user un-checks the “make anonymous” box before sending in the tip.

Absolutely.  When in doubt, call 9-1-1 for emergencies.  The University of Iowa Police non-emergency line is 319-335-5022.

  1. Visit the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Search for “Rave Guardian.”
  3. Download the free app.
  4. Use your UI email address to create a profile. This will automatically add you to the “Hawk Watch Network.”