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January
2024
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17:05 PM
America/Chicago

UHD Enhances Student, Employee Safety With SafeZone App

Summary

By Hayden Bergman

As part of a relentless effort to provide the most safe and secure environment possible, UHD has partnered with the SafeZone app to ensure every member of the campus community has quick and efficient access to emergency services, right on their smartphone or wearable device. 

The app is free to all UHD students and employees, and it operates across the entirety of both the Downtown and Northwest campuses. To download, simply go to the app store on your phone, then search for SafeZone by CriticalArc. Users must sign up with their UHD email address to access all of the SafeZone app features. At this time, we will not use SafeZone for emergency notifications and will continue to use the current UHD Alert/Everbridge system. 

Once installed, you can: 

  • Report safety concerns 24/7. 
  • Get connected quickly with mental health professionals if you are feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. 
  • Activate location sharing with authorities if alone and concerned for safety. 
  • Anonymously report incidents via text message, photograph, and location. 
  • Control your profile data and what is shared; location is only shared when you raise alerts, check in, send reports, or request assistance.

“The implementation of the SafeZone app will empower the UHD community to be active participants in their own safety and mental health,” said UHD Police Chief Davis. “The access to mental health resources and fast, anonymous reporting will ensure a quicker response in the event of an emergency. This app is a continuation of our robust, ongoing efforts to be innovators in campus safety and security.” 

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.