Public Safety Mobile Apps
PC Guardian – Campus Safety App
PC Guardian is a free mobile app that turns your smartphone into a personal safety device.
You can invite friends and family to join your network as “Guardians”. You can then request one or more of your Guardians to virtually walk with you on or off campus. It’s like having an emergency escort system and a trusted friend with you at all times.
The app also has a safety feature that directly connects you to Providence College’s Office of Public Safety phone line or state 911 while off-campus in an emergency.
You also have the ability to submit an anonymous tip to Public Safety should you see something suspicious.
The Office of Public Safety encourages all students, faculty, and staff to enhance their personal safety and the safety of their friends and download the free PC (Rave) Guardian app at the Apple store or Google Play.
How to Download PC Guardian:
- Access the app via the direct link within the PC App. If you don’t have the PC App, search “Rave Guardian” in the Apple App or Google Play store.
- Install the app. Once installed, open the app. When prompted, select “I am with a school” and enter your name and PC email address.
- Complete the rest of the sign-up information, and verify both your phone number and email address in order to complete registration. PC (Rave) Guardian will now be available as a stand-alone app on your phone.
Frequently Asked Questions
The application is available for use by all current Providence College students and staff. Subscribers to the application must use a Providence College email address to login.
Yes, however, we recommend that all users continue to enroll in the original Rave Alert “FriarALERT” system. We encourage all faculty, staff and students who have not already done so to opt-in for Providence College’s Rave Alert “FriarALERT” text and voice messages on their mobile device.
No. Your privacy is of the utmost importance. You can only be located if you have asked for help. PC Guardian location information is only enabled when you choose to make an emergency call, send a tip, or when your safety timer expires and DPS has been designated as your guardian.
No. Public Safety will only be able to obtain your information if you choose Public Safety as your guardian and your safety timer session expires. PC Guardian location information is only activated when the location setting is enabled on your smartphone.
No. Public Safety is only notified of your timer expiring if you select Public Safety as your guardian. If you select a personal contact to be your guardian and your timer expires, Public Safety will NOT be notified.
Yes, if you assign family or friends as “Guardians” during any individual “timed” usage, they will have the capability to track your status. However, you are in full control of this feature. You must take the steps to request your person(s) of choosing as your Guardian(s). The Guardian will receive an invitation via text with a link to download the app. They must accept the invitation to be your Guardian. Guardians not associated with Providence College are called “Social Guardians.” They will not have the “Call Public Safety Button” and “Eyewitness” features of the app.
When using the safety timer, the user will receive a reminder text message 5 minutes before expiring. If it expires, a message immediately goes to your chosen guardian(s) and they can call your cell phone. If Public Safety is your chosen guardian, they will contact you by phone and/or send an officer to your location to verify that you are ok or assist you if you are in distress.
You can choose whether to send a tip anonymously each time you send in a text or photo tip via the chat. To send text or photo tips anonymously, tap the “Send a Tip” button and “Make Anonymous” is already checked for you. If you choose to send a tip anonymously, Public Safety will not be able to see your name, phone number, or any other identifying information about you. If you do not choose to send a text or photo tip anonymously, “uncheck” the “Make Anonymous” and your name, phone number and profile are displayed to Public Safety when you send a tip through the Rave Guardian app.
You will opt into this service and provide as much information as you like during the registration process. To maximize the full benefit of this service, your user profile should contain a current photo and accurate self-description. The more information you provide in your profile, the easier it will be for officers to locate you, if necessary. The only way Public Safety will be able to see any information in your personal profile is if you make an emergency call, send a tip, or if Public Safety is your guardian when your safety timer session expires. Personal profile information will be treated as confidential information.
Tip: The more information you provide, the more Public Safety will know if they need to assist you in an emergency. At a minimum, you should include your address (home and school), your vehicle information, as well as a physical description and a recent photo. If you have particular health issues or other personal safety concern, you can include that information as well. YOU decide what YOU provide.
Yes. Rave Mobile Safety (the provider of PC Guardian) uses the latest in security technologies and processes to ensure that all of your information is kept secure and private. Rave also undergoes regular security audits to ensure the data is secure.
Yes, the Eyewitness Tip feature works whether you are on or off the Providence College campus; however, if you have an emergency at an off-campus location, you can activate Rhode Island’s E911 emergency icon within PC Guardian.
If you send a tip that is not on campus, the information will be forwarded to the off-campus law enforcement agency.
The basic profile features of PC Guardian work on any iPhone or Android smartphone running on any US-based mobile carrier network with the app installed on it. PC Guardian can locate most smartphone devices on the AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon networks. Even if PC Guardian cannot determine your phone’s location, all other profile information will be made available to Public Safety when you use PC Guardian.
We recommend that you allow notification from PC Guardian. This will alert you when your timer is about to expire, when you have received a response from Public Safety, or when someone has requested you as a Guardian.
Yes. Factors include but are not limited to: whether or not you are calling from inside a building or a “dead spot;” the strength of your cell signal, such as proximity of cell towers or satellites; whether or not your phone is GPS enabled, and the type and quality of your phone; carrier and signal. If possible, you should provide detailed location information via text or voice. This will enable Public Safety personnel to reach you quickly when PC Guardian is activated.
Your Guardian account remains active until you delete, or opt-out of it.
Please keep in mind that all emergencies are still best reported to the Office of Public Safety on their emergency line 401.865.2222.