Idaho State University is providing its students with an new resource for accessing services on campus in the form of a new smartphone app.
As reported by local NBC affiliate, KPVI News, the free app is being provided through app developer Guidebook. Dubbed "Idaho State Student Affairs," the app was created by the ISU Office of Student Affairs, includes an interactive campus map, as well as links to services such as counseling, student housing and financial aid.
Using the interactive map, students can tap a building and learn what is available in the building, any applicable services, as well as view relevant phone numbers. A click on the Pond Student Union, for example, leads users to information about the Games Center, Outdoor Adventure Center, ISU Credit Union and more.
Via the app, students are also provided with easy access to campus counseling services and other lesser known student advocacy services like conflict management that are provided by the university's Office of Student Affairs. The Guidebook app is available for free download at on both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store.
The new campus mobile app at Idaho State joins the university's April announcement of campus safety app, Rave Guardian. The safety app was launched as part of an ongoing effort to maintain a safe and secure campus environment at Idaho State. The mobile app is available for free download for iOS and Android devices and covers all four of the university's campuses -- Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian and Twin Falls.
ISU joins some 1,000 campuses nationwide that use Rave Guardian's mobile safety app. Rave Guardian allows students to set a safety timer to notify designated guardians if they are alone or in an unfamiliar location. The app also features an emergency call button that sends a notification to public safety personnel, providing the user's information and GPS location. Users can also send text or photo content directly to University officials if they witness something suspicious on campus.