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Proposed Title IX changes could affect how GVSU responds to assault

On Friday, Nov. 16, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed an overhaul to the rules regarding campus sexual assault. The new rules, which could go into effect as soon as spring of 2019, could affect the way Grand Valley State University addresses certain sexual misconduct allegations on and near campus. These rules would be the first regulations to determine how schools should meet their legal obligations under Title IX, the 1972 law which prohibits sexual discrimination in federally funded academic institutions. The proposed regulations are now facing a 60-day public comment period before they will be finalized.

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Student Senate resolution allows for spread out finals

It’s Tuesday night during finals week and you have three exams tomorrow. You’re trying to study, but your stress levels are on the rise because you know that no amount of coffee can prepare you for six hours of testing. If this sounds like you doing finals week, Grand Valley State University’s Student Senate is offering a solution.  

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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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Faculty builds relationships, supports first-time students through new program

According to data presented by College Factual, the nationwide college freshman retention rate is approximately 72 percent. US News reports that Grand Valley State University’s retention rate — which they consider to be “an indicator of student satisfaction” — is currently at 84 percent. While this number is higher than the national average, GVSU officials are continuing to work on improving freshman retention rates through the recent implementation of the Student Success Network Program. 

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GV imposes sanctions on Greek Life, cite issues within the community

Members of Grand Valley State University’s fraternities and sororities were gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 31 by Associate Dean for Student Life Bob Stoll and GVSU’s Greek Life Board to participate in a Greek Life Town Hall where administrators announced sanctions imposed on all GVSU Greek chapters. The sanctions come off the heels of Sigma Pi Epsilon’s five-year ban from GVSU last fall, and the recent two-year ban of Kappa Sigma.  During the town hall, Stoll cited four sanctions in a note from the desk of Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Loren Rullman. They include a ban of alcohol at Greek functions, an embargo of further Greek Life expansion, putting a relationship agreement between GVSU and Greek organizations on hold and the creation of a task force to investigate issues and expectations regarding Greek Life. The sanctions are currently in effect and will be until further notice. 

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'Ditch the Bed': Local salon provides safe alternative to tanning beds, campaigns for change

With no end in sight to Michigan’s winter weather, many people find themselves reminiscing on warmer days and missing their suntanned skin. This desire to look tan is particularly prevalent among college-aged women, many of whom turn to tanning beds to achieve that bronzy glow.  However common tanning may be, there are many proven negative effects associated with using tanning beds. 

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