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Cornell students taking safety into their own hands

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A group of Cornell undergrads are taking campus safety into their own hands and putting it in the hands of their peers. Tamara Lindstrom tells us about a new smart phone app that makes safety resources just a click away.

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Despite the best efforts of administrators and law enforcement, college life can be riddled with risk.

"We have a higher number of rapes this year and a number of high risk alcohol emergencies at fraternities and sororities," said Cornell University sophomore Matthew Laks.

"There are definitely a lot of risky situations that can arise. Especially if you end up losing your friends at a party or you end up somehow on your own at night," Cornell University sophomore Emma Court said.

So this group of students decided to help. They've created a new app caller ResCUer that puts safety resources in the palm of your hand.

"It's a smart phone app for the iPhone that has every single emergency number of Cornell that you could possibly need, from the police to the new service we have called blue light," said Cornell University junior Matthew Joe.

"You open it up and you have two options. You have the Get Help and the Go Home option," Cornell University sophomore Joshua Krongelb said.

Choosing "get help" will put users in touch with police and emergency services, while the "go home" option provides numbers for taxis, a safety escort and friends who can help.

The information provided can all be found online, but what makes the app so helpful is how quickly and easily users can access important resources.

Joe said, "It's very simple to use. One button clicks and it calls."

Laks said, "For a Cornell student out on the weekend, who knows what they're doing? We want them to be able to use this app and have no problems contacting the numbers they need, contacting a friend, contacting a taxi at any time of the day."

And the group isn't finished yet.

"We're working on a feature called Rescue Route, which is going to help give directions to go home if you're lost," Krongelb said.

They hope to offer the app to other campuses in the future, making a safe night a little easier to reach.

The app is free to download.

The students are working on a version for Andriod phones.
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