BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new app is aiming to keep Southern University safe for students, faculty, and staff.
The official "Jags Safe" app gives students the ability to locate campus shuttles, and prompt police escort services right from their phones. Southern is the first HBCU to team up with 911 Cellular, which lets students report crimes at the push of a button.
University officials say they want to alleviate some fears students have about crime, so they are giving them the tools to stay informed, protected, and in control of their campus experience.
"The app is great news for us because it pushes Southern as the leader in campus safety for HBCUs," said SU Dean of Students Marcus Coleman. "This is also another reason for parents to feel excited about sending their students to Southern because we can ensure them that it's a safe campus environment."
The app features anonymous photo and video submissions, as well as mass text and e-mail notifications to keep students aware of any suspicious activity.
"We want students to know they can be safe here," said SU Interim Chief of Police Joycelyn Johnson. "We are bringing in mechanisms and tools to help take care of the and keep them safe."