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06-03-2014

LiveSafe Mobile Safety App Launching Fall 2014

Virginia Wesleyan College is taking a proactive step to help increase campus safety and communication with the implementation of a new mobile application for VWC students, faculty and staff. Made possible by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC), “LiveSafe” will be introduced to incoming students at Scene I Freshmen Orientation (June 27 & 30) and to returning students at the start of the fall 2014 semester. The smartphone application allows two-way communication and tip reporting that will be monitored 24/7 by VWC campus security. Using the LiveSafe app, students can ask safety-related questions and report information with text, picture and video, as well as engage in a live chat, while also choosing to remain anonymous. The app—which will replace the College's current e2Campus emergency notification system—will provide the VWC community with faster ways to access emergency help, telephone numbers, and important educational resources. It also includes a peer-to-peer location tracking and group chat feature so VWC community members can allow friends and family to help keep them safe. Free for download on the iTunes and Google Play stores, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to download the app and should select “Virginia Wesleyan College” as their school/agency. More

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