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Rave Guardian App

What is Rave Guardian App?

Rave 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. The Rave Guardian App is available to help keep you safe on campus. With direct connections to campus safety, family, friends, and others you trust, you can feel safe anytime, knowing your Guardians are watching out for you.

Download “Rave Guardian” in the App Store or Google Play.

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Set a Virtual Escort

Set a Virtual Escort whenever you want someone you trust to be notified of your where you are and if you got to your destination safely.

Emergency Communication

The Call CUPD or 911 button will allow you to call CUPD or 911 with a few clicks. Calling through Guardian allows for CUPD to access your GPS Coordinates and your safety profile.

Text CU Dispatch

Text Clemson University's dispatchers. This feature can be used to request emergency assistance from Police, Fire or EMS. Users can also discreetly and anonymously report crimes directly to CUPD.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can use RAVE Guardian?

    The application is available for use by all currently registered CU students and current employees of CU. Subscribers to the application must use an CU e-mail address to login.

  • Is Rave Guardian always tracking me?

    No. Your privacy is of the utmost importance. You can only be located if you have asked for help. Rave Guardian location information is only enabled when you choose to make an emergency call, send a tip or when your Virtual Escort expires and CUPD has been designated as your guardian.

  • Can CUPD track me whenever they want?

    No. CUPD will only be able to obtain your information if you choose CUPD as your guardian and your Virtual Escort session expires and not before. Rave Guardian location information is only activated when the location setting is enabled on your smartphone.

  • Is CUPD notified every time my Virtual Escort expires?

    No. CUPD is only notified of your timer expiring if you selected them to be your guardian. If you select a personal contact to be your guardian and your timer expires, CUPD will NOT be notified.

  • Will Rave Guardian let other people like my family or friends track me?
    • Yes, if you assign "Guardians" during any individual, "timed" usage, they will have the capability to track your status. But remember that you are in full control of this feature. It only works when you program it to.
    • You must request them as Guardians. The Guardian will receive an invitation via text with a link to download the App. They must accept you to be a Guardian.
    • Guardians not associated with Clemson University are called “Social Guardians”. They will not have the Call Public Safety Button and Eyewitness features of the app.
  • What if I forget to turn off my Virtual Escort?
    • When using the Virtual Escort, the user receives a reminder message at 5 minutes and 1 minute before expiring.
    • If it expires, a message is immediately sent to your chosen guardian(s) and they can call your cell phone.
    • If CUPD is your chosen guardian, the call log will display the PIN used to set the time and CUPD can verify if the person on the phone is the registered user or is in distress.
    • Both the user and the guardian are notified 3 minutes before the Virtual Escort expires, and then both parties are notified the second the Virtual Escort finally expires.
  • Are crime tips sent through Rave Guardian anonymous?
    • You can choose to send a tip anonymously or not each time you send in a text or photo tip.
    • To send text or photo tips anonymously, tap the “Submit Crime Tips” button and “Anonymous” is already checked for you.
    • If you choose to send a tip anonymously, CUPD will not be able to see your name, phone number, location or any other identifying information about you.
    • If you do not wish to send a text or photo tip anonymously, “uncheck” the “Anonymous” and your name, phone number and profile will be provided to CUPD when you send a tip through the Rave Guardian app.
  • How does my profile information get collected and sent to CUPD?
    • You will opt in to this service and provide as much information as you would like as part of 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.
    • Any information in your personal profile will only be viewed by CUPD if you make an emergency call, send a tip, or if CUPD is your guardian when your Virtual Escort session expires.
    • Personal profile information will be treated as confidential information.

    Tip: The more information you provide, the more the police know if they need to assist you in an emergency. At a minimum, your address (home and school), your 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.

  • Is my Rave Guardian profile secure?

    Yes. Rave Mobile Safety (the provider of Rave 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 information security of data.

  • Does Rave Guardian work off campus?
    • Yes, the Submit Crime Tips feature works whether you are on or off campus; however, if you have an emergency at an off-campus location, you should dial 9-1-1.
    • If you send a tip that is not on campus, the information will be forwarded to the off-campus law enforcement agency.
    • The Virtual Escort can be used anywhere with friends and family members as your listed guardians and anywhere on main campus with CUPD as your guardian.
  • Can I still contact CUPD if I don’t use the app?


    • Call CUPD at (864) 656-2222.
    • Email us at
    • Visit our office, located at 124 Ravenel Center Place, Seneca, SC 29678.
    • Call CUPD to have an officer meet you at the CUPD substation, located in the Hub at Douthit Hills (adjacent to the University bookstore)
    • When you are off campus or in an emergency, you should call 9-1-1.
  • Do I have to have “push notifications” turned on for CU Guardian?

    We recommend that you allow notification from Rave Guardian. This will alert you when your timer is about to expire, when you have received a response from CUPD or when someone has requested you as a Guardian.

  • Are there certain factors that can affect the location accuracy (GPS)?
    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 CUPD to reach you quickly when Rave Guardian is activated.