The Guardian App is one of the best ways to improve your personal safety and make campus a safer community. It provides rapid and proactive communications with friends, family, co-workers, UTPD, and 9-1-1 in the event of emergency.
Set a safety timer
Notify people you trust to check in on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place.
Manage and message your guardians
Invite family, friends, or others to be your guardian, and communicate with them within the app if needed.
Easy emergency communication
Call safety officials directly for help if you are in trouble and send text tips—including photos—if you see something suspicious. UT Alerts can also be received through the app notifications.
Send a Tip
Send a crime tip or report suspicious activity through text and images directly to UTPD. UTPD will be able to contact you to follow up as needed. Text tip should not be used for ongoing emergencies or for reporting being a victim of a crime. Call 911!
Download the UT app at http://www.utk.edu/mobile/ to receive the Guardian app, which will appear in the main menu under campus resources.
Users will be prompted to set up their Guardian account and create a safety profile. Use your UT email address to access the UT-specific interactive features and allow notifications to receive UT Alert messages through the app.
Alerts to the app are delivered using WiFi and will work in the event that text delivery is impacted by issues with cellular connectivity.
For complete Guardian instructions see this presentation.
Questions? Check the Frequently Asked Questions on the UT Alert webpage.
Choose Your Guardians Wisely
He was portraitist at the court of King Louis XVI and lived through the French Revolution, so he definitely has some valuable survival skills. He could certainly defend your honor or back you up in a duel, but don’t expect him to answer the phone if you’re in trouble. He doesn’t even know what that is.
Who could be better as a Guardian than the best decision maker in the universe? He thinks his way out of most problems, is a skilled negotiator, and when push comes to shove can kick butt. The only problem is he is really hard to get due to high demand, is not great with kids, and stops for tea…A LOT.
Family and Friends
Well sure, you could go that way. They know you best and aren’t fictional. But BORING!
Come on! He is so cute and cuddly, who wouldn’t want him as a guardian? Likely to disarm all but the most heartless of humans. Only good for intimidation on sunny days. No opposable thumbs so he can’t call 911 in a pinch. And you might have to pack some poop bags. He is mostly trained, but when excited……
Unlike most cats, this one actually regards humans with more than pure ambivalence. Thoughtful and attentive, not just when she wanting a warm lap or can see any part of the bottom of her food bowl. Unfortunately, bad things happen around her. You best keep your guard up and insurance card handy. Who am I kidding? Better make yourself a bubble wrap suit.
Most Interesting Man
Likely to anticipate any problems well in advance and when people find out he is your guardian they won’t bother you out of pure respect. But if needed, he is an excellent swordsman and Jujitsu champion. Maybe not the best choice for social event since he will be surrounded by admirers and loss track of you.
His particular set of skills is perfect for intimidating crazy ex-boyfriends and pretty much everyone with a wish to survive. No-one in their right mind would mess with you and when you call, he WILL answer. The downside is he is likely to disappear at any moment. And let’s face it, you will never be as important as his daughter.