Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety strives to make the community a safe place to live, work, and learn. As students, faculty, and staff return to campus for a new academic year, here are some reminders about free campus safety services and programs to help you be #HawkeyeSafe this semester:

Use the NITE RIDE service for free, late-night transportation

NITE RIDE is a free, late-night transportation service for all UI students, faculty, and staff. The service, which operates daily from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., is powered by an online request application that allows users to request rides from their mobile device or desktop computer using their HawkID. Express rides (directly to your final destination) are available for $1. DPS recommends requesting a ride about 20 minutes before you’d like to depart your location.

Registration open for R.A.D self-defense training

A four-session Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20, 22, 27, and 29 at University Capitol Center. To register, call DPS: 319-335-5022. Learn more.

Keep your Hawk Alert settings up to date, sign up for text messages

The Hawk Alert system notifies UI community members of emergencies and safety threats on campus. Text message is the fastest way to receive an alert. Additional alert preferences can be updated online at MyUI and Employee Self Service.

Download the free campus safety app, Rave Guardian

The Rave Guardian mobile app allows users to set a safety timer for their walk home, text anonymous tips to the UI Department of Public Safety, and call UI Police with the touch of a button. Users also have the option to enter emergency contacts and important health information in the event of an emergency. Sign up with your UI email address for access to the campus network.

Register your bike using Bike Index

The university has partnered with Bike Index—a national registry of bicycles—for campus registration services. Registration provides owners with an easily accessible record of their bicycle details, making it easier to report theft and prove ownership should a bike be lost or stolen. It also reduces the need to immobilize/impound illegally parked bicycles and helps authorities return bicycles to their rightful owners. Registration is free and voluntary. Learn more on the Parking and Transportation website.

Consider taking a free safety training course

There are plenty of opportunities to play an active role in your safety and that of our community. The UI Department of Public Safety offers several free and low-cost training programs to those affiliated with the UI community on personal safety, self-defense, violent incident survival, CPR, Stop the Bleed, and other topics. Learn more on the DPS website.