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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Oct 21, 2017
 
2012-2013 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Annual Security and Fire Report 2012


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Campus Security Information —

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University, a community of approximately 26,600 people, consists of a 1,304-acre campus in Allendale, a 33-acre campus in downtown Grand Rapids, a 20-acre campus in Holland, and approximately one acre of waterfront property in Muskegon. The campuses are considered to be safe. They are, however, subject to many of the same problems that occur in the surrounding communities. Grand Valley’s crime rate is very low in comparison to the national average, as well as to other state universities.

Grand Valley is concerned about the well-being of everyone on its campus and has prepared this information to increase your awareness of the current programs that exist for your protection.

The university employs a professionally trained, licensed police force. We also encourage students to take responsibility for their own belongings and safety.

GVSU Notification System

Occasionally the university needs to inform students, faculty members, and staff members of urgent information, such as closure due to inclement weather and issues related to public safety or health. It is important that each student submits his or her contact information at www.gvsu.edu/emergencycontact/.

Messages will be sent only when the university believes that the information is vital and that it must be disclosed immediately. If you have questions about the emergency notification service, please contact the GVSU Telephone Business Office at (616) 331-2145.

Timely Warning Policy

In the event a situation arises, either on or off a university campus that, in the judgment of the director of the Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) or designee (after consultation with the crisis response coordinators if time and availability permit), constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a university-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued via the university website, www.gvsu.edu, email, and other means deemed appropriate. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime or threat, additional notices may be posted in each residential facility and within academic buildings.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to GVPD by telephone (616) 331-3255 or in person at the Service Building on the Allendale Campus or the Pew Security Office at 102 Eberhard Center on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Crime Rates and Statistics

In compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, Grand Valley annually provides information on security procedures and crime statistics to all its employees and enrolled students.

The university’s Police Department reports all incidents to the Uniform Crime Reporting program. The department makes reasonable efforts to monitor and record, through local police agencies, criminal activity of students at off-campus locations of student organizations recognized by the university, which includes student organizations with off-campus housing facilities. Crime statistics for the most recent three-year period are shown in the charts that follow. The crime rate is calculated by dividing the total number of incidents reported by the number of students enrolled in the fall semester. Enrollment figures reflect students who take one or more classes at the listed site.

Grand Valley State University — Allendale Campus

Criminal Offenses: On-campus

2009

2010

2011

a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses - Forcible

2

1

3*

d. Sex offenses - Nonforcible
(incest and statutory rape only)

0

0

0

e. Robbery

0

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g. Burglary

1

1

1

h. Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i. Arson

0

0

1

j. Larceny-Theft

83

129

140

*One report was proved unfounded.

 

Criminal Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls

(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

 

2009

 

2010  

 

2011    

a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses  - Forcible

1

1

2

d. Sex offenses  - Nonforcible (incest and statutory rape only)

0

0

0

e. Robbery

0

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g. Burglary

1

1

5

h. Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i. Arson

0

0

1

j. Larceny-Theft

21

38

38

 

Criminal Offenses: Public Property

2009

2010

2011

a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses - Forcible

1*

0

0

d. Sex offenses - Nonforcible (incest and statutory rape only)

0

0

0

e. Robbery

0

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g. Burglary

0

0

0

h. Motor vehicle theft

0

0

0

i. Arson

0

0

0

j. Larceny-Theft

0

0

0

  *Incidents reported in this report occurred in 2007

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010 

 

2011 

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

34

56

63

c. Liquor law violations

191

157

165

 

Arrests: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

2

b. Drug abuse violations

26

28

38

c. Liquor law violations

146

122

99

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: On-campus

2009

2010

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

1

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

Arrests: Public Property

2009

2010

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

1

12

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0


Grand Valley State UniversityPew Campus

Criminal Offenses: On-campus

2009   

2010   

2011   

a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d. Sex offenses - Nonforcible
(incest and statutory rape only)

0

0

0

e. Robbery

0

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g. Burglary

0

0

0

h. Motor vehicle theft

0

1

0

i. Arson

0

0

0

j. Larceny-Theft

25

20

21

 

Criminal Offenses: Noncampus

2009  

2010 

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Criminal Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

Larceny-Theft

1

1

1

 

Criminal Offenses: Public Property

2009

2010

2011

a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

b. Negligent manslaughter

0

0

0

c. Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0

0

d. Sex offenses - Nonforcible
(incest and statutory rape only)

0

0

0

e. Robbery

1

0

0

f. Aggravated assault

0

0

0

g. Burglary

0

0

0

h. Motor vehicle theft

0

1

0

i. Arson

0

0

0

j. Larceny-Theft

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus

2009

2010

2011 

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: Noncampus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: On-campus                                         

2009

2010

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

2

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Arrests: Noncampus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: Noncampus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Arrests: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals:

Public Property

2009

2010

2011

a. Weapon law violations

0

0

0

b. Drug abuse violations

0

0

0

c. Liquor law violations

0

0

0

 

Grand Valley State University Holland Campus

Criminal Offenses: On-campus                               

2009  

2010 

2011  

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Criminal Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Criminal Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

0

0

0

 

Arrests: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

0

0

0

 

Grand Valley State University Muskegon Campus

Criminal Offenses: On-campus                         

2009 

2010 

2011 

Larceny-Theft

0

1

1

 

Criminal Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Criminal Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

0

0

0

 

Arrests: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals:
Public Property

2009

2010

2011

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

0

0

0

 

Grand Valley State University Traverse City Campus

Criminal Offenses: On-campus

2009  

2010 

2011 

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Criminal Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Criminal Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO CRIMINAL OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

 0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

 0

0

0

 

Hate Offenses: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO HATE OFFENSES REPORTED

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Arrests: On-campus Residence Halls
(Residence halls are a subset of on-campus)

2009

2010

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: On-campus

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

0

0

0

 

Arrests: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO ARRESTS

0

0

0

 

Disciplinary Actions/Judicial Referrals: Public Property

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

NO DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

0

0

0

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FBI Definitions of Crime Categories

Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Negligent Manslaughter: The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Forcible Sex Offense: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

Nonforcible Sex Offense: Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. This includes incest and statutory rape.

Robbery: The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)

Burglary: The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safe-cracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. (Classified as motor vehicle theft in all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned, including joyriding.)

Arson: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling, house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Larceny-Theft: The unlawful taking, carrying, leading, or riding away of property from the possession or constructive possession of another.

Liquor Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting: the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)

Drug Abuse Violations: Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, methadones); and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).

Weapon Law Violations: The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Hate Crimes: Any crimes listed above (or any other crime involving bodily injury reported to local police agencies or to a campus Public Safety authority) that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability.

Emergency Response and Evacuation

Grand Valley State University maintains a Crisis Communication Plan to direct the notification process in case of emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on a university campus(es). The vice president for University Relations and an additional vice president (to be determined based on the nature of the emergency) are the crisis response directors. Crisis response coordinators include the vice provost and dean of students, director of Public Safety, and assistant vice president for News and Information Services. These directors and coordinators will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. They will also direct the dissemination of emergency information to the larger community. A copy of the Crisis Communication Plan is available in the Grand Valley Manual (www.gvsu.edu/gvmanual). The university tests the emergency response and the evacuation procedures annually and will publish a summary of the procedures in conjunction with at least one test each calendar year.

Missing Student Notification Policy

The policy below applies to all Grand Valley State University students who reside in on-campus housing, including Allendale Campus’ and Pew Grand Rapids Campus’ facilities. All questions about this policy should be directed to the director of Housing and Residence Life at (616) 331-2120.

During the housing check-in process, students may provide a confidential emergency contact person to be notified in the case that the student is determined to have been missing for 24 hours. The designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student. If a student does not designate an emergency contact and the student is at least 18 years of age, Grand Valley’s law enforcement staff will serve as the default contact person(s). If a missing student is less than 18 years of age and not legally emancipated, the emergency contact will be the student’s parent or legal guardian. A student’s confidential emergency contact information will be accessible only by authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation or as otherwise required by law.

Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) will be notified when a student in on-campus housing is reported missing, regardless of the student’s age or emancipation status or if the student resides on the Allendale Campus or Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and whether or not designated emergency contact information is on file. GVPD will make the final determination that a student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours for all resident housing facilities.

Any individual on campus with reason to believe that a resident student is missing must immediately notify GVPD in the Service Building at (616) 331-3255 or Pew Campus Security in 102 Eberhard Center at (616) 331-6677, depending on the location of the missing student’s residence. (Pew Campus Security will notify and work with GVPD upon receipt of a missing student report.) If Housing and Residence Life or the Dean of Students Office receives a report of a potentially missing resident student, staff members will immediately notify GVPD and/or Pew Campus Security (for students residing on Pew Campus) and assist as requested.

GVPD will generate a missing person report and conduct an investigation, working with other appropriate campus staff and local law enforcement agencies as needed to aid in the search for the student. No later than 24 hours after GVPD determines that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, the director of GVPD or designee will notify the student’s emergency contact (for students 18 years of age or older and emancipated minors) or parent/legal guardian (for students under the age of 18 and not legally emancipated). The director of GVPD or designee will maintain communication with the emergency contact throughout the investigation. This policy does not preclude implementing procedures in less than 24 hours if circumstances warrant faster implementation.

Refer all inquiries regarding the status of a missing student resident to News and Information Services at (616) 331-2221. The assistant vice president for News and Information Services or designee will coordinate communication in consultation with the vice president for University Relations, director of GVPD, director of Pew Campus Security, and the vice provost and dean of students.

Sexual Assault Procedures

Grand Valley State University recognizes the importance of support and encouragement in dealing with instances of sexual assault. A variety of support services are available at the university and in the community to assist students in dealing with sexual assault. The following information outlines a variety of options that are open to victims of sexual assault.

Law Enforcement Options/Considerations

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact campus police. Officers can assist victims in connecting with a variety of services including contacting the Counseling Center, transportation to a nurse examiner program, obtaining a personal protection order, or contacting other police agencies in the event that the assault did not occur on campus.

Victims should be aware that just because they contact the campus police department, this does not mandate they make an official police report. Officers will assist victims by notifying them of various options they have in reporting the incident and will respect the choices made by the victim, including nonreporting. If the victim wants an investigation, officers will contact appropriate personnel to assist. If the victim prefers to speak with a female officer, every reasonable attempt will be made to make one available.

The university will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the preservation of confidentiality, restricting information to those with a legitimate need for it. The university Counseling Center may notify the victim about university and community resources; students are strongly encouraged to connect with this support.

Health/Personal Safety Considerations

It is highly recommended that victims seek medical treatment from a nurse examiner program following a sexual assault. Nurse examiner programs have the ability to collect the evidence that is necessary for medical and/or forensic evaluation and court testimony if the accused is prosecuted. Both Ottawa and Kent Counties have nurse examiner programs (see addresses below). In some cases, a victim may prefer to be treated at a hospital closer to their home.

Hospital treatment is recommended in situations where there is serious physical harm including loss of consciousness or blow to the head, continual vaginal bleeding following the assault, possible broken bones, a laceration requiring stitches, abdominal or chest pain present, pregnancy, or other serious medical or emergency conditions.

Although it is not an absolute deadline, it is strongly encouraged that physical evidence be collected within 48 hours or as soon as is reasonably possible. The collection of medical evidence does not presume that charges will be filed against the assailant; the filing of a criminal charge is always the choice of the victim. To protect important physical evidence, victims should not shower, bathe, brush their teeth, or change clothing prior to going to a nurse examiner program or the hospital. If possible, the victim should maintain the scene exactly as it was at the occurrence of the assault if they intend to report the incident to the police. Even if a victim has showered or a time lapse of five days has occurred, it is still strongly encouraged that an assault victim seek medical treatment.

Nurse Examiner Programs

Victims are encouraged to call in advance before going to either of the following locations. Someone is on call 24-hours a day.

YWCA of Grand Rapids

Center for Women in Transition

25 Sheldon Blvd.

411 Butternut Drive

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Holland, MI 49424

   

(616) 776-RAPE (776-7273)

24-hour crisis hotline

(616) 392-1970 or

(800) 848-5991

 

University Judicial Options/Considerations

Victims of sexual assault that occur on university property and/or by another Grand Valley student may file a judicial referral with the coordinator for University Judiciary. This referral can be filed regardless of whether the victim decides to file criminal charges. With regard to the university judicial process, victims will be treated with respect and sensitivity at all times.

When a victim expresses a concern about sexual assault, they will be informed of the availability of a university employee, designated to provide support. The role of the sexual assault support person includes the following: to share resources (both on and off campus); to explain the university’s sexual assault policy; to assist with the filing of a complaint (internal and external to the university); to accompany the individual to any meetings related to the complaint; and to help the individual sort through their options and choices.

If the accused student denies the charges and requests a hearing, the victim will be notified of the hearing. The victim may present written evidence to be used at the hearing, may testify at the hearing, and is entitled to a copy of the written decision and sanction. If the incident was reported to the campus police, an officer may attend the hearing and assist in presenting facts learned during the investigation.

The accused student and the victim may each have one advisor present at the hearing. If the accused student admits the policy violation, the victim is entitled to a copy of the written sanction. The victim or the accused student may appeal the decision and/or sanction.

Sanctions for students found responsible through the university judicial process for committing sexual assault may include one or more of the following: warning; restitution; work assignment/community service; probation; loss of privileges; loss of the right to live in university housing; counseling; denial or revocation of a university honor, scholarship, or degree; suspension; and/or dismissal from the university.

Michigan Law

Under Michigan law, sexual assault is called “criminal sexual conduct” (CSC). There are four degrees or categories. First-, second-, and third-degree CSC are felonies. Fourth degree CSC is a misdemeanor. Assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct is a felony. Conviction of any CSC charge can carry a substantial prison term. However, severity of the sentencing depends on a number of factors. These laws can be very complicated. Additional information about Michigan Law can be found at www.legislature.mi.gov/. Sections 750.520A-750.520L are specific to sexual assault.

Sexual Assault Programs

Programs dealing with rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses are presented on a regular basis at a variety of student educational activities, including orientation prior to classes, and on-campus residential life programs. Most of the programs are sponsored by the Counseling Center, the Office of Housing and Residential Life, the Women’s Center, Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD), or Eyes Wide Open Peer Sexual Assault Education Student Group. In addition, self-defense classes are offered each semester through a program called R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense System). The sessions are taught by community police officers and other staff members who are nationally certified R.A.D. instructors.

The Grand Valley Counseling Center provides counseling for victims of sexual assault. Students are also made aware of counseling and support services in the community for victims of sexual assault.

Sex registry information is available at www.mipsor.state.mi.us/.

Safety and Security Services

The primary responsibility for law enforcement on the Allendale Campus rests with Grand Valley State University’s Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD). All Grand Rapids facilities owned or controlled by Grand Valley are served by the Grand Rapids Police Department. The Holland, Muskegon, or Traverse City police departments serve Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City facilities owned or controlled by Grand Valley respectively.

All Grand Valley police officers are licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Police officers have full law enforcement authority and responsibilities. They work closely with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, and other law enforcement agencies.
Grand Valley employs a fully equipped and trained university police department providing 24-hour police services and assistance. GVPD maintains a nonemergency dispatch service and office hours on the Allendale Campus and relies on 24-hour emergency service from Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority.

In addition to law enforcement officers, GVPD employs a number of student personnel on a part-time basis. Student security personnel provide crowd control, monitor pedestrian crosswalks, direct traffic, and enforce parking rules and regulations.

Criminal incidents and emergencies at the Pew Grand Rapids Campus are reported to the Grand Rapids Police Department and Pew Security. Criminal incidents and emergencies at the Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses are reported to the Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City police departments as well as to Pew Campus Security.

Policies and Procedures

Approximately 1,990 faculty and staff members and 24,660 students work and study at Grand Valley. More than 5,000 students live in housing on the Allendale Campus. Students and employees have access to campus facilities. Students may have guests visit in their room or apartment, provided they have made specific arrangements with the roommate(s) and have received their permission. Visitation does not mean cohabitation and a guest’s stay should never exceed two nights in a given week. The university reserves the right to limit the frequency of guest visits. Guests must observe all university regulations and must be accompanied by their host at all times. The student whom the guest is staying with is responsible for any infractions or damage caused by his/her guest. Guests may also be asked to leave the community if their behavior is inappropriate. Guests are welcome on the university’s campuses. Visitors have access to buildings that are open to the public and to those in which events are scheduled.

Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) enforces laws concerning alcohol consumption and the use of controlled substances. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal narcotic or hallucinogenic drugs or alcohol by faculty members, staff members, and students on Grand Valley property or as a part of a university activity is specifically prohibited by Grand Valley policy and by state and federal law. Although Michigan state law permits the use of medical marijuana, i.e. use by persons possessing lawfully issued medical marijuana cards, federal laws prohibit marijuana use, possession, and/or cultivation at educational institutions on the premises of recipients of federal funds. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is therefore not allowed on any Grand Valley State University owned or controlled property including any Grand Valley State University housing or at any other Grand Valley State University sponsored event or activity off campus. Grand Valley will impose sanctions for violation of the Standards of Conduct consistent with state and federal law (see Student Code).

Any student, faculty member, or staff member should promptly report criminal incidents by calling GVPD at (616) 331-3255. It is important that accurate information be given. Medical, police, and fire emergencies should be reported by calling 911. Police officers are dispatched by the Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority (911), as well as through the GVPD office. Criminal activities may be reported anonymously to Silent Observer at 1-(877) 88-silent (745368).

Counseling Services

The Grand Valley Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling throughout the academic year on such topics as alcohol and substance abuse, rape, personal and relationship concerns, and career planning. More information can be obtained from the Counseling Center or by calling (616) 331-3266.

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Security on Campus

The Allendale Campus has three traditional-style living centers housing approximately 866 students, 11 suite-style living centers housing 987 students, and seven apartment-style living centers housing 1,034 students. The Ravines; Laker Village; Calder Art; Murray; South B, C, D, E; Grand Valley apartments; and the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center accommodate 2,629 students. Secchia and Winter Hall on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus house 379 students. Off-campus housing consists of private apartment complexes located near both the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses.

Nonacademic living center entrances are always locked. The Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center is open for classes inside the building Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Residents of the Ravines, Laker Village, and Grand Valley apartments are responsible for locking their own doors. Secchia and Winter Hall entrances are locked at all times. Students living in the living centers are allowed to have visitors of the opposite gender during visiting hours, which are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday through Thursday and open visitation in all areas with their roommates’ consent on Friday and Saturday. In other housing facilities, residents are allowed open visitation with the roommates’ consent.

Special security procedures are in effect during low-occupancy periods. Students staying in on-campus housing over Thanksgiving, winter holiday, and spring break periods must register with a Housing and Resident Life staff member to do so. (For more information on housing security, refer to www.gvsu.edu/housing/.)

The Department of Facilities Services maintains the university buildings and grounds, with concern for safety and security. Parking lots are illuminated at night, as are all main campus walkways and building entrances. Overnight parking is prohibited except in residence lots. Landscape plantings are arranged and maintained so that building entrances are easily visible from a distance.

Individual Responsibility

A safety program such as the one at Grand Valley could not reach its highest potential without student cooperation. Students must take responsibility for themselves and their belongings by using common sense and by taking advantage of the programs that are available to them.

Larceny is the most frequent crime on campus, many of which could be prevented. Do not leave book bags, books, purses, bikes, or other personal effects unattended in the living centers, classrooms, or other public areas. When parking on campus close your vehicle’s windows and lock your doors.

The information in this report is accurate as of the date of printing. This report is intended to be informational and is not a guarantee of services. The university reserves the right to modify its programs, services, and levels of staffing.

Phone numbers to call to receive assistance:

Police, Fire, Emergency

911

Public Safety Services

(616) 331-3255

Pew Campus Security

(616) 331-6677

University Judicial

(616) 331-3585

Counseling Center

(616) 331-3266

GVSU Women’s Center

(616) 331-2748

YWCA Assault Center

(616) 776-7273

Center for Women in Transition

(616) 392-2829

Drug and Alcohol Policy

Philosophy

Consistent with Grand Valley State University’s commitment to provide the safest environment for the highest quality education, the university has set forth a policy regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs on all properties and in all facilities owned or operated by Grand Valley.

The university upholds and enforces local, state, and federal laws and the alcohol and drug policies of all collegiate governing bodies that are responsible for the activities of their Grand Valley affiliates. Grand Valley State University encourages a campus environment where healthy lifestyle choices are made and where the use of alcohol or other drugs will not be permitted to interfere with learning.

The university recognizes the right of legal adults to choose to use or abstain from alcoholic beverages. However, abusive consumption of alcohol is discouraged because it can pose a threat to property and the health and safety of others.

Chemical-free activities are encouraged and programs that lead to informed decision-making are supported. Recognizing that an individual with an alcohol and drug problem may be rehabilitated, Grand Valley State University offers counseling and referral to its faculty members, staff members, and students.

Standards of Conduct

The unlawful manufacture, possession, use, distribution, or dispensation of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by faculty members, staff members, and students on Grand Valley property or as part of a university activity is specifically prohibited by Grand Valley policy and by state and federal law.

I. Legal Sanctions and Summary of Laws

Local, state, and federal laws make unlawful manufacture, possession, use, distribution, or dispensation of drugs and alcohol serious crimes. Violations of local, state, or federal law may result in conviction of a misdemeanor and/or felony that can lead to imprisonment, fines, confiscation of real and personal property, and/or assigned community service, or any combination of these penalties. As a general rule, courts do not excuse persons convicted of drug or alcohol abuses from jail to go to college or to get to their jobs. Even more importantly, a record of a felony conviction will prevent an individual from entering many careers. Further, the university may impose sanctions pursuant to its policies.

The following summary covers sections of the Michigan Liquor Control Act, MCLA 436.1 et seq., relating to the possession, consumption, and sale of alcoholic beverages.

Laws and administrative rules governing establishments licensed by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, as well as sections of the law dealing with licensure, importation, taxation, wholesaling, and manufacture of alcoholic liquor are not included in the summary. Also excluded from this summary are Michigan’s drunk driving laws.

It is possible that not all laws relevant to a particular situation are included in this brief summary; therefore, no one should take action in reliance upon it. The summary is intended strictly as an educational tool and should not be construed as legal advice.

A. Alcoholic Liquor Defined

“Alcoholic liquor” means any spirituous, vinous, malt, or fermented liquor, liquids, and compounds, whether or not medicated, proprietary, patented, and by whatever name called, containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume which are fit for use for beverage purposes. In this document, the terms “alcoholic liquor,” “alcoholic beverage,” and “beverage alcohol” are used interchangeably.

B. Drinking Laws

It is illegal for a person under 21 years of age to purchase alcoholic liquor, consume alcoholic liquor in a licensed premises, or possess alcoholic liquor except in the following circumstances:

1. The law does not prohibit a person less than 21 years old from possessing alcoholic liquor during regular working hours and in the course of his/her employment if employed by an organization possessing a liquor license, by the Liquor Control Commission, or by the Commission’s agents if the alcoholic liquor is not possessed for his/her personal consumption.

2. The law does not prohibit the consumption of alcoholic liquor by a person under the age of 21 years who is enrolled in a course offered by an accredited college or university in an academic building and under the supervision of a faculty member if the purpose is solely educational and a necessary ingredient of the course.

A person under the age of 21 years who violates this law is liable for misdemeanor penalties, which may include jail. If under 18 years of age, parents will be notified.

a. First offense: a fine of not more than $100.00. May be ordered to perform community service and undergo substance abuse screening and assessment. Subjects may petition the court for a deferred judgment.

b. Second offense: a fine of not more than $200.00. May be placed on probation and ordered to participate in substance abuse prevention or substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services, to perform community service, and to undergo substance abuse screening and assessment. Judges have discretion to order jail time (no more than 30 days in the event of a prior MIP conviction with violations of probation. The person’s driver’s license will also be suspended for 90-180 days, with a restricted license available after 30 days.

c. Third and subsequent offense: a fine of not more than $500.00. May be ordered to participate in substance abuse prevention or substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services, to perform community service, and to undergo substance abuse screening and assessment. Judges have discretion to order jail time (no more than 60 days) in the event of a prior MIP conviction with violation of probation. The person’s driver’s license will also be suspended for 180 days to one year, with a restricted license available after 60 days.

PBT: A peace officer who has reasonable cause to believe that a person under 21 has consumed alcoholic liquor may ask that person to submit to a preliminary breath test (PBT). If the blood alcohol level is .02 or more, there is a presumption that the person has consumed or possessed alcoholic liquor.

C. Fraudulent Identification

A person who furnishes fraudulent identification to a person less than 21 years old or a person under the age of 21 who uses fraudulent identification to purchase alcoholic liquor is guilty of a misdemeanor. In addition to penalties pursuant to the misdemeanor, the driver’s license of a person convicted of using fraudulent identification shall be suspended for 90 days.

D. Regulation of Sale Laws

Under Michigan law, the sale, trade, or giving away of alcoholic liquor, including alcoholic liquor for personal use, requires a license or other prior written authorization from the Liquor Control Commission. A person who conducts any activity for which a liquor license is required without first obtaining the requisite license is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, and/or by a fine of not more than $1,000.

E. Open Container Laws

The consumption of alcoholic liquor on the public highways of Michigan is forbidden by law. It is unlawful to transport or possess any alcoholic liquor in a container which is open, uncapped, or upon which the seal is broken, within the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle on the highways of Michigan.

II. Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol

Health (and other) risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs include, but are not limited to: impaired academic or work performance; lost potential; absenteeism from class or work; financial problems; doing things one later regrets; conflicts with co-workers, classmates, families, friends, and others; sexual assault and other unplanned sexual relationships; unwanted pregnancies; sexually transmitted diseases; unusual or inappropriate risk-taking which may result in physical or emotional injury, or death; blackouts; hangovers; long-term health problems, including cirrhosis of the liver, organic brain damage, high blood pressure, and heart disease; and legal problems, including imprisonment.

III. Drug and Alcohol Prevention, Counseling and Rehabilitation, and Re-entry Programs

Grand Valley State University is concerned about the effect of alcohol and/or drugs on students, faculty, and staff members, their families, and the university community as a whole. The university recognizes that an individual with an alcohol and/or drug problem may be rehabilitated. Grand Valley will continue to make efforts to increase the awareness about the dangers of drugs.

Grand Valley encourages students, faculty members, and staff members with alcohol or other drug dependency problems to use the services of the university or community counseling centers for assistance. Assistance for students is available through the Office of Alcohol Education located in the Counseling Center and for faculty and staff members through the Faculty Staff Assistance Program, administered at a confidential off-campus location by the Employee Assistance Center.

If treatment for drug and/or alcohol dependency is needed, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Alcohol Education at (616) 331-2537, and faculty and staff members are encouraged to contact the Encompass Employee Assistance Service at (616) 459-9180, the Human Resources office at (616) 331-2215, or their insurance carrier to obtain information concerning coverage.

IV. Sanctions

Grand Valley will impose sanctions for violation of the Standards of Conduct consistent with state and federal law, and with applicable university policies, collective bargaining agreements, and faculty and staff members’ handbooks and the Student Code. Violations will result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution. Sanctions imposed will depend upon the severity and frequency of the violation. In addition to, or in lieu of, discipline, violators may be required to complete an appropriate rehabilitation program. All university faculty and staff members will abide by this policy as a condition of their employment.

If you have any questions or concerns about the university’s Drug and Alcohol Policy, please contact the Human Resources Office or the Dean of Students Office.

Fire Safety Information

Residence Life Fire Safety
Fire safety on the campuses of Grand Valley State University involves a variety of measures aimed at prevention, education, enforcement, and ensuring safety for all faculty members, staff members, and visitors. The Office of Housing and Residence Life works closely with other university departments and local fire departments to promote fire safety through prevention, education, and enforcement programs.

Fire Safety Systems and Fire Statistics
Student housing facilities include living centers and apartments that provide housing for more than 5,000 students on the Allendale Campus and 380 students on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. See the charts below for a description of fire safety systems in each building and fire statistics for 2009-2011.

 

Grand Valley State University Housing Fire Safety Statistics — 2009

Building Room # Time Date Fire Evacuated Cause Cause Category Deaths Injuries Property ($) Damage
GVA-LAK 12 1130  3/20/09 Yes No Cooking Unintentional 0 0 100
WIN 119 1520  4/19/09 Yes Yes Open Flame Unintentional 0 0 825
NLC 138 930  6/26/09 Yes Yes Open Flame Unintentional 0 0 100
RAV Apt C-31 1751  8/24/09 Yes No Cooking Unintentional 0 0 100

 

Grand Valley State University Housing Fire Safety Statistics — 2010

Building

 Room #

 Time

Date

Fire

Evacuated

Cause

Cause Category

Deaths

Injuries

Property ($)

Damage

HLL

111

1940

10/18/10

Yes

Yes

Occupant Related

Unintentional

0

0

0

LVA

28B

235

10/23/10

Yes

No

Cooking

Unintentional

0

0

0

NLC

118

211

10/30/10

Yes

No

Smoking Materials

Unintentional

0

0

0

 

 

Grand Valley State University Housing Fire Safety Statistics — 2011

Building

Room #

Time

Date

Fire

Evacuated

Cause

Cause Category

Deaths

Injuries

Property ($) Damage

 FLC

 226

 1815

1/9/11

 Yes

Yes

Box on stove

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 NLA

 109

 2135

2/15/11

 Yes

No

Box and Towel on Stove

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 GVA-KEW

 6

 1113

2/17/11

 Yes

No

Burning Candle

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 LVA-King #30

 200

 318

3/17/11

 Yes

No

Cooking

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

  GVA-TUS

 2nd Floor Corridors

 214

4/29/11

 Yes

Yes

 Pizza Box Left on Stove

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 FLC

 103

 319

10/31/11

 Yes

 Yes

 Cooking

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 LVA

 25A

 2137

10/31/11

 Yes

 No

Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 LVA

 8A

 1647

11/15/11

Yes

 Yes

 Cooking

 Unintentional

 0

 0

 0

 PAD

 3rd Floor, Men’s Restroom

 1255

11/29/11

Yes

 No

Unknown: Trash Can Fire

 Intentional

0

 0

 0

 

 

Grand Valley State University Housing Fire Safety Systems — 2011

Building

Alarms Monitored at CUB

Sprinkler System

Smoke Detector

Fire Extinguisher

Evacuation Placards

Number of
Annual Fire Drills

Copeland

X X X X 1

Calder Residence

X X X 1

DeVos

X X X X 1

Frey

X X X X X 1

GVA Benzie

X X X

GVA Keweenaw

 X  X X

GVA Mackinac

X X X

GVA Oakland

X X X

GVA Tuscola

X X X

GVA Wexford

X X X

Hoobler

X X X X 1

Hills

X X X X X 1

Johnson

X X X X 1

Kistler

X X X X 1

Kirkpatrick

X X X X X 1

Laker Village N

X X X

Laker Village S

X X X

Murray

X X X X X 1

North A

X X X X X 1

North B

X X X X X 1

North C

X X X X X 1

Niemeyer East

X X X X X 1

Niemeyer Honors

X X X X X 1

Niemeyer West

X X X X X 1

Ott

X X X X 1

Pickard

X X X X 1

Pew

X X X X 1

Ravines

X X X

Robinson

X X X X 1

South Apts. C

X X X X X 1

South Apts. D

X X X X X 1

South Apts. E

X X X X X 1

Seidman

X X X X X 1

Secchia Residence

X X X X X 1

Stafford

X X X X X 1

Swanson

X X X X X 1

VanSteeland

X X X X X 1

West A

X X X X X 1

West B

X X X X X 1

West C

X X X X 1

Winter Hall

X X X X X 1

 

Fire Safety Log

The safety manager maintains the log of fires that have occurred in on-campus student housing. Information recorded for each fire includes the nature of the fire, the date and time of day the fire occurred, and the general location of the fire. The log may be viewed online (www.gvsu.edu/facilitiesservices) or by contacting the safety manager during normal business hours at (616) 331-3083.

Policies and Procedures

Housing regulations prohibit the use of hazardous items such as candles, incense, hot plates, toaster ovens, and space heaters within residential areas. Fire safety policies and procedures are published in the Residential Services Guide (www.gvsu.edu/housing). The Grand Valley State University Student Code (www.gvsu.edu/studentcode) also includes policies regarding fire safety conduct.

Education

Housing resident assistants (RAs) are required to attend a Fire and Tornado Safety work session prior to fall move-in. These seminars prepare RAs to educate residents about fire safety issues. All residents of living centers are required to attend a “floor meeting” to review building floor plans, evacuation routes, fire drill procedures, and fire safety policies. Grand Valley students created a series of “Fireman Frank Safety” public service announcements that are accessible from the Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) website (www.gvsu.edu/gvpd) and posted on YouTube (www.youtube.com).

Police officers conduct a fire drill within the first two weeks of classes to begin familiarizing residents with the sights, sounds, and procedures related to the fire system. Residents are expected to participate in all fire drills and follow designated procedures. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary referral.

Reporting

Dial 911 for all emergencies, including fire-related incidents.

For monitoring and recording purposes, report fires that have occurred and/or are suspected to have occurred to the Office of Housing and Residence Life at (616) 331-2120 and the safety manager at (616) 331-3083.

Evacuation

When a fire alarm sounds, all students are expected to evacuate the building and follow appropriate procedures:

  • Close windows and doors.
  • Shut off lights.
  • Before leaving the room, feel the room door. If it is hot, do not open. Open the window and signal for help. If the door is cool, leave the building immediately by the closest stairway and exit.
  • Remain calm and walk. Do not run.
  • Proceed to the designated assembly area. Keep at least 100 feet away from the building and any emergency vehicles. The list of designated assembly area locations is provided in the Residential Services Guide (www.gvsu.edu/housing).
  • Once you have reached an area of safety, dial 911 and report the emergency.
  • Re-entry to the building is not permitted until GVPD or Pew Campus Security staff members advise that it is safe to do so.

Enforcement
Individuals witnessing a violation of fire safety policies are to report it immediately to a resident assistant (RA). Misuse of the fire alarm system, including sounding a false alarm or tampering with extinguishers or smoke detectors is prohibited. Violations of applicable laws and/or university fire safety policies are documented and reported to the dean of students and Public Safety and may result in disciplinary as well as criminal action.

Planned Improvements
Future improvements in fire safety are evaluated on an annual basis and specific projects are reviewed by management and prioritized in the annual Capital Maintenance project request list.

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