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 the police as well as Campus Safety. Officers can assist victims in connecting with a variety of community and University 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 Campus Safety, this does not mandate they make an official 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 non-reporting. 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.
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.
Victims are encouraged to call in advance before going to either location. Someone is on call 24-hours a day.
25 Sheldon Blvd.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 776-RAPE (776-7273) 24 hour crisis hotline
411 Butternut Drive
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-1970 or (800) 848-5991
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.
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.michiganlegislature.org. Sections 750.520A-750.520L are specific to sexual assault.
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, on-campus residential life programs and first-year orientation classes. Most of the programs are sponsored by the Counseling Center, the Office of Housing and Residential Life, the Women’s Center, Public Safety Services 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 employees who are nationally certified R.A.D. instructors.
Page last modified May 11, 2012