Southern University unveils new safety app

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A new smartphone safety app is launching this week at Southern University.

It aims to help protect students and the community.

University officials hope the Jags Safe app will help them meet students where they are with technology.

Through the app, students, faculty, families and neighbors of the university will be able to report crimes they see or call for immediate assistance anywhere on or near campus.

The app will also allow university officials to share important alerts in emergency or urgent situations.

"The parents can know exactly what's going on on campus if they have notifications, but it also gives students the opportunity to go to that phone, since this generation loves their cell phone," said Dr. Marcus Coleman, Southern University dean of students. "They love apps, they love Instagram and Snapchat, whatever the case may be. It gives us that opportunity for them to go to that app and request help when they need it."

The app is available for iPhone and Android devices.

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