OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi is giving away a golf cart for a day, a free iPad and a $50 Starbucks gift card to three lucky students who download LiveSafe, the new mobile safety communications platform for students, faculty and staff.
Students can enter the contest by selecting “iPad Contest” under the Report Tips icon in the app and uploading either a selfie with a University Police officer or by taking a photo of a UPD vehicle on campus. Winners will be announced March 3. Students must download the app and sign up with their Ole Miss email address to enter.
“We strongly encourage students, faculty and staff to download the LiveSafe app so this personal safety tool is readily available,” said Mindy Sutton Noss, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students. “Additionally, the app links to the UMatter website and UMSafe, which provide additional resources for the campus community to help their fellow Rebels in need.
“It’s important to utilize these resources and report incidents so we can support one another and help keep the Ole Miss campus safe.”
LiveSafe allows users to report non-emergency tips, including threats, disturbances, assaults, theft, stalking, suspicious activity, drug and alcohol abuse and traffic and parking issues. They can include a photo, video or audio clip when submitting a tip, which can be anonymous. UM safety officials will respond from the appropriate department based on the tip type.
Students can also virtually walk their friends and family members home using the SafeWalk feature. This function uses GPS-enabled location technology to track a person via their mobile device until he or she safely arrives at the destination.
Full instructions are available at http://olemiss.edu/livesafe/.
Other Ole Miss safety resources are available through the sidebar of the app. Students can reach the UMatter website, which allows individuals to access support services for a variety of issues, report bias and hate incidents, and share information regarding campus community members for whom they’re concerned. UMSafe also can be accessed from the app to report issues of sexual assault.
To view all available resources, visit http://umatter.olemiss.edu/.
UM launched the LiveSafe app, which is used on more than 130 college campuses, in November.
“As a member of the team that launched the LiveSafe app, I appreciate that the University of Mississippi is so committed to the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and alumni and guests on and around campus,” said Chasity Galloway, a software developer at UM.
“As a parent, it gives me peace of mind that my daughter will be able to use the app to help keep her safe while she is a student. If at any time she feels unsafe, she has the ability to easily call or text University Police and her location will be available to them. Also, if she chooses, I can virtually watch her reach her destination with the SafeWalk feature of the app from anywhere I am.”
The university also uses the app to send RebAlerts and safety information to the campus community.