Averett uses app to help with student safety

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    DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- It was was move-in day on Saturday for over 100 freshmen at Averett University.

    It is the first time living alone for many, so staying safe is a priority.

    Darian Gonzalez moved into Averett's Main Hall as a freshman on Saturday and for her, safety means never being alone.

    "I know my roommate. She's kind of like my new best friend now, so I would probably just hang out with her a lot," Gonzalez said.

    Luckily, Averett University is using a free app available to students called Live-Safe to help ensure safety.

    "It offers lots of nice features like where you can report tips, so it's a way for the University community to talk back to us. So if you see something that doesn't feel just right or you see something that you may want to report anonymously, you can do that," said Director of Marketing and Communications Cassie Jones.

    The app goes beyond just sending in tips.

    "There's a feature called safety walk, where you can have a friend or anyone you designate on their smartphone follow you like a dot on a map as you're moving," Jones said.

    One resident assistant at the university said the app is very helpful.

    "That's probably the best safety app that we have. We also have campus security, also have Rez Life down the hall, so between all of these connections, people should feel very safe," Joshua Davis said.

    Jones said student safety is extremely important.

    "Safety is our utmost priority, so we want to make sure that they understand those messages, they stay vigilant and that they help take care of one another," Jones said.

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