PCC launches app to increase campus safety

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The new “PITT SAFE” app is free and available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores. – PCC

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Pitt Community College has launched a new smart phone application this month to further enhance campus safety. 

The app, called “PITT SAFE,” provides emergency contact information and campus support resources to those who install it on their Apple and Android devices.

It is free and available for download from the Apple and Google Play stores. 

PCC Vice President of Administrative Services Rick Owens says the app features a COVID-19 self-assessment the college wants individuals to complete prior to coming to campus.

The assessment, he said, includes a series of COVID-19-related questions and, based on user responses, create a badge letting them know if they are safe to visit PCC or should remain off-campus. 

Though PCC will be pushing out additional app features in the coming months, Owens said “Friend Walk,” another important safety feature of PITT SAFE, was available at launch.

“Friend Walk,” he said, allows users to inform contacts of their current location and plans, so the friends can ensure they arrive safely at their intended destinations. 

“Due to the nature of the information required for ‘Friend Walk’ to function, the PITT SAFE app requests several permissions when it is being installed, including access to contacting the user’s mobile device and location data,” Owens said. “I’d like to assure everyone who downloads the application that neither PCC nor the app will collect and store that information at any time.” 

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