The College of Charleston has implemented a new smart phone safety app called LiveSafe that allows members of the campus community to be virtually escorted by friends and family from destination to destination in real-time on a map.

You can download the free mobile app on your iPhone or Android by searching for the LiveSafe app in the App Store or Google Play (it is the one with the blue logo). Once you have input your contact information (phone number or email), you will receive a pin number. Then you’ll have to fill in your name and password. After that, choose the College of Charleston as your affiliation, sign in and you are ready to use the app.

LiveSafe is intended to enhance student safety, but it does not replace the College’s existing emergency notification system called CougarAlert. CofC students, faculty and staff will continue to receive CougarAlert text messages and emails regardless of whether they choose to download the LiveSafe app. But family, friends and campus guests who currently do not receive CougarAlert messages can now use the LiveSafe app to receive these alerts through the app’s push notification feature.

The new app provides a wealth of features to help keep the CofC community safe, including allowing friends and family to virtually watch a student travel from place to place. If a student doesn’t arrive at their destination, the app will notify CofC Public Safety of the student’s exact GPS location. The app also allows users to anonymously report suspicious activity. All emergencies reported through LiveSafe are routed directly to Charleston County Consolidated 9-1-1 Dispatch.

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to download the LiveSafe app.