Safety app reflects culture change at 3 different institutions

Georgetown University, UDC, and NOVA customize tech to improve communication and campus safety.


Diverse institutions of higher education in the D.C region are integrating a smartphone app into their safety strategies to engage students to think and act differently, for their own safety, and the safety of others.

At the close of a school year where campus crimes have been in the spotlight, a movement is emerging in the D.C. region to change the mindset of college students and develop a culture where bystander action is the norm, not the exception. As campus security transitions from blue light phones to the smartphone era, more than 750,000 college students in 24 states can now reach security officials directly through an app. More than 100,000 of them are in the metropolitan DC region.

Officials at Georgetown University, the University of the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia Community College chose the LiveSafe smartphone app as one part of the safety solution–a technology that leverages student preferences for texting and anonymity to open new channels for two-way communication with safety officials.

These campuses have also customized LiveSafe’s sexual assault resource page within the app to share where to report a crime and to direct victims to confidential support services on and off campus.

(Next page: How each institution is integrating the app into their campus safety strategy)