KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Kennesaw State University has launched a free mobile app that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to directly and seamlessly contact campus safety officials on a broad range of safety issues.
LiveSafe (livesafe.kennesaw.edu), available through Android and iPhone devices, enables users to share information with KSU officials – anonymously if they prefer – about anything from suspicious activity and mental health concerns to sexual assault and interpersonal violence via text, photo or video directly from their smartphones, facilitating two-way communication between students and campus safety officers.
The Department of Public Safety’s Communications Center can respond to these actionable tips and monitor real-time information from a command dashboard to help provide a safer environment for all members of the campus community.
“The LiveSafe app changes the way we communicate with our community. Students are very connected to their smartphones and the LiveSafe app is a powerful communication tool that will help us to create a closer, more connected community,” said KSU’s Chief of Police Roger Stearns. “This app will empower students to look out for one another and have safety at their fingertips to quickly report a crime, incident or safety concern.”
Some of the LiveSafe app features include:
· Livechat – This texting option allows users to report an incident discreetly and keep campus safety officials up to date throughout the situation.
· Anonymity – LiveSafe users have the ability to share crime tips without identification; one feature, calling 911 through the app, automatically enables a distressed individual’s location services for real-time GPS tracking.
· SafeWalk – Users can have a friend or family member virtually “walk” them to their destination using a GPS-enabled map in real time.
· Resources – Emergency response guides, victim services and community resource links are included and easily accessible within the app.
· Safety notifications – Different than the university’s emergency alert system, these push notifications share safety concerns such as traffic tie-ups or facilities issues with LiveSafe users.
LiveSafe was developed by a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy and is used by colleges and universities, military installations and sports stadiums in 29 states.
Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering nearly 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 33,000 students from over 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50 largest public universities in the country