SHU unveils new safety app for students

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) –  We’ve got your back, with details on a new app at Sacred Heart University, that could lead the way for other schools.

The “SHU Safe” app allows students to connect immediately with police officers. While it’s designed to prevent sexual assault.. students can also a report a crime in progress, or if they’ve been hurt in an accident.

Students sign up ahead of time, and can upload personal information, including any medications they are taking. Public Safety Officer Stephanie Trelly says the system is quite advanced, “Right at the push of that button, we have their name, their personal information, their exact location, now we know all their medical history.”

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy at today’s unveiling. Earlier this week, Murphy sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, requesting they work with schools across the country to develop and test the SHU technology on their campuses.


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