GVL / Luke Holmes - Students perform a short skit to raise awareness of rape. “It’s On Us: Champions of Change Kickoff” was held in the Pere Marquette room on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016.

'My costume is not my consent'

When college students make Halloween plans, they might think about crafting the perfect costume, stocking up on alcohol and scoping out the liveliest parties. What most students might not consider, though, is their potential risk for sexual assault and the role their costumes play in that.


Temporary lights installed on 48th Avenue

Over the weekend, six temporary lighting towers were installed on 48th Avenue after recommendations from the greater Grand Valley State University community to enhance the lighting by off-campus apartments. Following much discussion about how to prevent sexual assault, GVSU has partnered with Consumers Energy to put up six lighting towers between Pierce Street and Lake Michigan Drive.

It's On Us: React

'It's on Us' campaign focuses on getting men to advocate against sexual violence

Sexual assault is often thought of as strictly a women’s issue, but Grand Valley State University's Women’s Center is partnering with President Barack Obama’s "It’s On Us" campaign to combat this very mindset. The Women’s Center’s champions of change kickoff event Friday, Oct. 7 started a brand new initiative targeted specifically toward men to help prevent sexual violence.


GVSU addresses off-campus sexual assaults

Since the start of this semester, four sexual assaults have been reported at Grand Valley State University. All four sexual assaults have occurred off campus and were perpetrated by individuals the victims did not recognize. After several email notifications about student safety were distributed to Lakers, administrators are addressing students' fears about the rash of reports. During the University Academic Senate meeting Friday, Sept. 28, faculty and administrators focused on the recent increase in reported sexual assaults near campus.