(AP) - University of California at Davis officials have rolled out a new mobile phone application they hope will provide an extra layer of security for students.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the school on Wednesday began offering the public safety app through Massachusetts-based Rave Mobile Safety.
The app allows users to alert police in emergencies and report suspicious activity through text message.
Students, staff and faculty can indicate that they are walking alone or to a particular place and use a timer with an estimate of the travel time. They can disable the timer if they reach their destination safely.
UC Davis police Chief Matt Carmichael says campus police dispatchers will be immediately notified if something happens and attempt to contact the person before sending out officers.