CSU Turns Cell Phones into Panic Buttons

Tech aimed at keeping students safe

After four recent attacks on or near Chicago State University's South Side campus, the school is implementing new cell phone technology to help keep students safe.

The new system allows students to program their cell phones to call for help in the case of emergencies.

"It turns the student's cell phone into a panic button, so it's like having the Chicago State (University) Police Department in your pocket," said Patricia Arnold, a university spokeswoman.

The school is the first in Illinois to launch the new system.

CSU has had plenty of on-campus problems lately, apart from the attacks.  Enrollment is down drastically, and students are upset over the way the school is selecting its next president.

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