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GVPD vehicle. Courtesy / Grand Valley State University

GVPD addresses false reports and safety notifications

Last weekend’s alarming notice that an alleged drugging and rape had occurred near campus left the Grand Valley State University community feeling startled and confused, and the confusion continued into the following week when it was determined by Ottawa County police that the incident did not actually happen.  It is still unclear at this point whether the subject intentionally made a false report or whether they had a legitimate reason to believe they had been assaulted. The Grand Valley Police Department says this incident opens up a new discussion about reporting crimes.

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Eric Klingensmith (left) and Officer Brittany Howard (right) after presenting “Marijuana Truth, Lies and Consequences” at Kirkhof Center on October 16th, 2018. Courtesy / GVSU

ACES, GVPD co-host program about truth, fallacies surrounding marijuana

On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Grand Valley State University students met in the Kirkhof Center with GVSU Counselor Eric Klingensmith and Community Police Officer Brittany Howard to discuss the truth about marijuana.  In an effort to promote health and safety while raising awareness to students, Klingensmith and Howard encouraged an open conversation about students’ knowledge and experience regarding the drug. 

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Courtesy / Taylor Grant

Gone Phishing

After a recent email scam floated around to students at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Valley Police Department and IT HelpDesk is warning students to watch out for phishing, the fraudulent collection of personal information via email.  Last week, some students received an email recruiting for a personal assistant job. The email gives a job description, wage information and other seemingly legitimate details to garner student interest. However, after responding to the message, many students caught on quickly that something wasn’t right.

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The Women's Center can provide resources for women going through domestic violence. GVL / Sheila Babbitt

GVSU encourages students to speak up against sexual violence

Every 98 seconds, someone experiences sexual violence in America. Out of every 1,000 reported cases, only six people will see time in prison, according to RAINN.org. Since the Fall 2018 semester began at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Valley Police Department has received reports of sexual violence nearly every week from students living on or near campus. Though some students have reported their situations, only 31 percent of all sexual violence cases are reported. 

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Alcohol a factor in crash near GVSU; four injured

The crash happened just before 11 p.m. Thursday on Pierce Street near 52nd Avenue in Allendale Township. According to Grand Valley State Police, a 19-year-old GVSU student from Rochester, Mich. was turning left into the Mystic Woods Apartment complex when another car attempted to pass on the inside and caused the collision.

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A student uses the new Laker Guardian App.  GVL / Sheila Babbitt

Laker Guardian app expands student safety efforts

In an effort to ensure campus safety and easy access to emergency services, Grand Valley State University has recently updated their Laker Guardian app and encourage students and faculty to download it on their mobile devices.  Have you ever been afraid to walk from class to your car? Do you get worried during your past-dark workouts? Have you ever been on a first date that’s left you feeling uncomfortable? Now, thanks to a collaboration between the Grand Valley Police Department and RaveGuardian, the Laker Guardian app provides students with a virtual buddy when safety concerns arise. 

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