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GVL / Ben Hunt Avoiding sexual assault. 12/1/18. GVSU Allendale Campus.

GV receives largest portion of sexual assault program funds

Since its introduction in 2015 by First Lady of Michigan Sue Snyder, the State of Michigan has been appropriating annual funding to universities to combat sexual assault through Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program. This year, the state appropriated a total of one million dollars to 22 Michigan universities, with Grand Valley State University receiving $248,039 — the largest proportion of funds given out to any school. 

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GVPD sees spike in weather-related collisions near campus

Members of the Grand Valley State University community spent the last week scraping off their cars, bundling up with gloves and scarves and trudging through ice and snow to get to classes on time. Winter weather is here to stay, and Grand Valley Police Department reminds students and staff alike to drive responsibly this season.  “Compared to the last month, we’ve seen more accidents the last couple weeks on roadways and in parking lots. We’ve have 16 crash reports for the month of November so far,” said GVPD Captain Jeff Stoll. 

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GVPD educates students with rape aggression defense course

These words are from Grand Valley State University Sergeant Nate Dornbos during a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) class held on Monday, Nov. 5, as he explained the difficulties of trying to profile sexual assault attackers. According to Dornbos, there are no true physical profiles to serve as warnings, and only potential behaviors to look out for. Additionally, in approximately 75 percent of sexual assault incidents, the victim knows their attacker — whether from a class, party or other association.

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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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