Villanova Launches SAVUR App for Sexual Assault Cases

SAVUR PhotoThe SAVUR (Sexual Assault Villanova University Resource) mobile app has just been released to the Apple App Store and Google Play. This app aims to provide Villanova students with a variety of support mechanisms when dealing with sexual assault cases. These mechanisms allow students to report a sexual assault, call various on and off campus sexual assault resources, contact medical help services, and find information about campus resources such as the Villanova Counseling Center and Public Safety.

Describing the creation of this app, Dr. Frank Klassner, the Director of the Villanova Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology, stated, “The idea for the app originated in October 2014 with an inquiry to the Computing Sciences department from Kathy Byrnes, Associate Vice President for Student Life, and Stacy Andes, Director of Health Promotion, about finding VU students who’d be interested in creating a Villanova health and sexual resource app.” A proposal for the app was then submitted to the 2015 Mobile Apps course idea bounce session, and an interdisciplinary team of students developed and pitched SAVUR. Next, representatives from the Villanova Health Center, Villanova’s Mobile App Review Committee, and UNIT worked on finalizing and releasing the app.

The SAVUR app will hopefully offer Villanova students another helpful manner of dealing with sexual assault and bring more attention to this very serious issue. To promote the development of more apps like SAVUR which may benefit the university community, Villanova offers a Mobile Apps course every spring semester for CLAS, COE, and VSB students with programming backgrounds. Encouraging students to take advantage of this opportunity, Dr. Klassner commented, “The course’s team of instructors are always interested in hearing proposals from faculty, staff, and especially students for enhancing the mobile ecosystem at Villanova.”