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A street in downtown Grand Rapids on Sunday February 13th.

Grand Rapids officials express concern over students violating housing codes downtown

Officials from the city of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University wish to remind students living downtown of compliance codes upheld by the city. According to Grand Rapids ordinances, no more than four non-related individuals may live in a house in the city. This has been an issue for GVSU students, as landlords and property managers have been allowing students to live in properties without being signed to a lease.

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Theresa Rolland, Captain Brandon DeHaan, and Detective Sara Fillman on Tuesday February 6, 2018.

Campus for Consent to host lecture on domestic violence

Grand Valley State University’s Campus for Consent is bringing Sarah Omicioli, a prevention and education specialist from Safe Haven Ministries in Grand Rapids, to campus to discuss domestic violence, consent, bystander intervention and stalking. Omicioli will give her presentation Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center, Room 2204.  

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Detective Sara Fillman on Tuesday February 6, 2018.

GVPD, Title IX discuss sexual assault reporting at campus event

To educate students on what to expect when filing sexual assault reports, It’s on Us As Lakers hosted an informative discussion Tuesday, Feb. 6, in the Mary Idema Pew Library Multipurpose Room. The organization partnered with representatives from the Title IX office, the Grand Valley State University Police Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office to hold the event. 

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Health Forum of West Michigan to examine root of opioid epidemic

Opioids are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a class of drugs used to reduce pain. Some can be prescribed, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, and others, like heroin, are sold illegally. Nevertheless, 116 people died every day in 2016 from opioid-related overdoses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To fight this growing problem, the event “Health Forum of West Michigan: Opioid Epidemic 2018” is being held Friday, Feb. 2.  

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Grand Valley Police Department work alongside other safety departments in the surrounding area to train in the case of an active shooter on Sunday December 17, 2017.

GVPD holds active-shooter-response training in Mackinac Hall

Approximately 40-plus police officers, 20-plus firefighters and 20 to 25 volunteers participated in the Grand Valley State University Police Department’s largest annual training session designed to prepare its staff for an active-shooter situation on campus. As part of its yearly exercise, the GVPD partnered with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency organizations on Sunday, Dec. 17, to practice confrontation and rescue techniques. This year, local fire departments also participated for the first time.

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GVL / Emily Frye - Christopher Stark works within the Laker Store on Wendesday, April 15, 2015.

Laker Store, Campus Dining locations see theft during fall semester

As Grand Valley State University concluded another semester, more crime statistics have been released by the GVSU Police Department. The Laker Store has seen 21 cases of retail fraud, more commonly known as shoplifting, spanning from August to the end of December 2017. According to GVPD Acting Director Brandon DeHaan, 16 of the suspected individuals have been identified, with appropriate punitive action taken depending on the degree of shoplifting. The 21 cases signify an increase from the 10 cases that were reported by the Grand Valley Lanthorn in November of 2016. 

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