Yukon College app allows students to call security, sound panic alarm

Yukon College's new app helps students and staff have quick access to safety information, campus events and the ability to schedule counselling appointments.

App will soon allow students to check grades, reserve library books

'We have already rolled it out to our staff and so the feedback has been great,' says Erin Johnston, project manager for the app's development. (Mardy Derby/CBC)

Yukon College has launched a new social media app that will connect students to safety and security information, campus maps, academic resources and orientation-week activities.

The app was developed alongside the Ayamdigut campus' emergency response plan in Whitehorse. 

Users can quickly connect to college security officers or call 911; they can report suspicious behavior or wildlife activity or use their device as a flashlight or panic alarm.

Users can quickly connect to college security officers or call 911; they can report suspicious behavior or wildlife activity or use their device as a flashlight or panic alarm. (Mardy Derby/CBC)

The app also lets students book counselling appointments, as well as access the college's online learning management system. Users will also receive a text message if there is an emergency situation on campus.

"We will be encouraging our students to download it," said Erin Johnston, project manager for the app's development.

"We have already rolled it out to our staff and so the feedback has been great."

The college plans to add more features to the app, including information on student activities, an events calendar, bus schedules, McIntyre Creek trail maps and the daily Kinnikinnick Kaff menu.

It will also allow students to check their grades, reserve library books and schedule appointments with instructors.