Officer Seth Beelen places an individual in the police car on Saturday October 28, 2017. GVL / Archive

Student Senate proposes change to university housing contract

Grand Valley State University’s student senate has helped the university to include student input on campus policies through their involvement in passing proposals that help the university decide on changes made to the student living policies on campus, among other student-related issues. During their Jan. 10 general assembly, following a near-unanimous vote, the student senate passed a resolution for their support of a rewording of section 13 in GVSU’s on-campus housing contract.  

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How state funding, construction boom affect tuition

Currently, Grand Valley State University has the fourth lowest tuition rate and third lowest housing rate in the State of Michigan. Several factors contribute to how the university sets these rates including state funding, administrative costs and university bonds. GVSU’s spanning construction boom may be coming to an end soon, which could impact tuition prices.

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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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