Statement from Grand Valley Police Department Chief Renee Freeman:
The Grand Valley State University Police Department has concluded a thorough investigation of the Racial Bias incident reported on February 17, 2014. The person believed to be responsible for the drawing and language written on the dry erase board is a Grand Valley student and the owner of the message board.
The incident has had a disruptive impact on the community and as a result, the student has been referred to the Dean of Students for a student code violation. University policy does not permit the release of his/her name.
Additionally, the Grand Valley Police Department recognizes that there are bias incidents that take place in our community, so the department, in partnership with many other departments and individuals, remains involved and interested in raising awareness through educational opportunities to help prevent discrimination in any form.
We would like to remind our faculty, staff and students, there is a mechanism in place to report bias incidents. All reports submitted are reviewed, assigned and investigated by the appropriate departments.
For more information on reporting bias incidents, please contact the Dean of Students at (616) 331-3585 or Inclusion and Equity at (616) 331-3296 or visit www.gvsu.edu/inclusion/hcf-index.htm