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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety

Studying abroad can cause some anxiety, especially for parents of international students!

Have no fear if you’re at UQ, or planning to attend UQ. The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

UQ is encouraging new and returning students and staff to sign up to the SafeZone smart phone app designed to improve safety and security across all campuses. The app connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety encourages sign-up to campus safety

UQ SafeZone App (Image: UQ)

“The GPS-based app has been incredibly popular since its launch, with almost 8000 registered users,” he said.

“It now has new features, including an after-hours timer for those wanting to work late with confidence they will be monitored to reach their transport safely; and real-time campus safety bus tracking to allow people to time their exit to coincide with the arrival of the safety bus.

“The app is available at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or WiFi coverage,” Mr Dickson said.

“It’s designed to enhance emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending notifications to users’ mobile devices.”

SafeZone uses location-based tracking, but does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“If the app is activated on one of our campuses then the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Dickson said.

If it’s activated at sites without 24-hour security—Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, the Indooroopilly Mine and the Moreton Bay Research Station—it will dial 000 (same as 911 in North America) to connect the user directly with emergency services.

SafeZone complements a range of security measures, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a night safety bus service at St Lucia, night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

Download the SafeZone app:

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

University of Queensland works hard to ensure student safety

Deciding to study abroad is challenging. Along with the common questions associated with moving around the globe are some pertinent ones: How will you get around? Where should you live? Is it a safe area?

In today’s world, we should be able to say, “You don’t have to worry,” but that’s not always realistic. What is realistic is knowing that the university you are planning to attend takes student safety seriously.

The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Professor Joanne Wright said up to 50,000 people travelled to and from UQ’s campuses each day, and working to keep people safe at all campuses was a significant task.

University of Queensland works hard to ensure student safety

UQ Safezone App (Image: UQ)

“UQ is now participating in a Universities Australia’s student survey on sexual assault and harassment, in the latest step in a long line of safety initiatives,” Professor Wright said.

“UQ has policies, procedures and supports in place for members of the UQ community who encounter any forms of assault and harassment.

“We work to promote a safe environment for people to report all incidents, including those that occur off campus, so that people can be properly supported and incidents can be investigated and referred to police and other authorities as appropriate.”

University of Queensland Chief Operating Officer Mr Greg Pringle said UQ’s UniSafe personal safety awareness program, launched in 1992 was the first of its kind at an Australian university.

He said not all incidents were reported to UQ.

“Sometimes people report directly to police, which is quite appropriate. But, worryingly, sometimes people don’t report them at all.”

Safety initiatives at University of Queensland campuses include

  • the UQ SafeZone App launched in 2016;
  • a network of  85 emergency call points for immediate connection to security staff;
  • free UniSafe Escorts on all campuses to accompany anyone to public transport or carparks after dark;
  • a free Safety Bus service;
  • more than 800 CCTV cameras monitored live and providing  post-event analysis;
  • an around-the-clock security team trained in first-aid and safety;
  • a policy outlining sexual harassment and reporting requirements and a network of Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officers;
  • confidential counselling services and emotional assistance for students throughout the process of reporting matters; and
  • counselling services and legal advice through the UQ Student Union.

Discover more about the study opportunities available at the University of Queensland!

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

UQ launches free campus safety app

The University of Queensland is harnessing mobile technology to improve student and staff safety.

The SafeZone smartphone app (by CriticalArc) connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UQ launches free campus safety app

UQ launches free campus safety app (Photo credit: UQ)

Property and Facilities Director Alan Egan said the app would not only make it easier for UQ Security to respond to emergency situations quickly, but also for the university to alert SafeZone app users about any safety issues on campus.

“Through GPS, the app allows security staff to become aware of someone’s location, talk to them directly and arrange immediate assistance,” he said.

“The app is available any time at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or wifi coverage.”

SafeZone will improve emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending push notifications to users’ mobile devices.

Independent contractors working on campus will also be encouraged to register for SafeZone.

Although SafeZone uses location-based tracking, it does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“When the user is within one of the defined areas, the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Egan said.

If the SafeZone app is activated at sites without 24/7 security – Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station – it will connect the user directly with emergency services instead of UQ Security.

If SafeZone is activated outside the defined zones the app will dial “000,” which is the Australian version of 911.

SafeZone will complement existing security infrastructure, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a UniSafe night bus service at St Lucia, UniSafe night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

SafeZone is available for iPhones, Android and Windows phones. Download the SafeZone app using one of the links below:

iPhone/iPad: goo.gl/6ED0XV
Android phone/tablet: goo.gl/e3u9mO
Windows phone: goo.gl/5vFxhW

For more information visit www.pf.uq.edu.au/unisafe/uqsafezone/

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