The university should introduce the SafeZone app or similar system for the campus security

Passed: November 2019 (19th)

What do you want? / Why do you want it?

Every student is familiar with the 'all-nighter'. One of the biggest worries is not getting their work done, but is getting home safe after. Every month there are almost 50 reported assaults in Hyde park, on average 180 reports of suspicious behaviour and 20 calls to the police every night in that area alone. Having to walk home, alone and in the middle of the night can be very dangerous for every student.

The SafeZone app allows students to feel safer and ensure they can get home safe. For example, if someone has to stay in the library until 10 pm they log into the app and say they're heading home. In half an hour campus security will call them and check if they're home safe. Campus security can go straight to their house if they don't pick up the phone or sign back into the app.

The app is currently being used at Manchester Met. Speaking with security there, they confirmed that the system works well and is used fairly often by their students. apparently there hasn't been any abuses of the system.

Expires: November 2022 (19th)

Submitted By: Greg Reynolds

Officer: Community / Education

Area of Work: Student Safety

Updates

August 2020: Covid has paused all capital investment form the University - we are waiting on clarification as to whether this has impacted the tendering process for a security app.

June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU and University staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.

February 2020: Amy, Welfare Officer, discussed this with the Head of University Security - and it was then escalated to the Facilities Directorate at the University. Indications are that they are going to tender on a security app, which may well be SafeZone but if not the policy asks for SafeZone 'or similar' so would be fulfilled if so.

January 2020: PET meeting notes and contacts passed on to LUU Facilities.

December 2019: PET talking to University of York about their experience using the system, and what they had to overcome to use it on their campus.

December 2019: Proposer linked up with Deputy Chief Exec (Operations) to add clarity to idea and make clear what the ask of the University is before we approach them formally. This is first and foremost an operational issue, we need to be able to convince Uni, sort out funding, look at capacity etc. Before this becomes a a welfare/safeguarding discussion the practicalities need sorting first.

November 2019: New Policy