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GVSU President addresses students responding to report of off-campus sexual assault

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The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the weekend report of a Grand Valley State University student sexually assaulted near the Allendale campus.

The alleged sexual assault of a Grand Valley student took place Sunday morning between 3:30 and 4:00 AM in an off-campus parking lot at the Campus West Apartments. The student reported two unknown men were responsible for the assault. No further description provided.

With Grand Valley’s fall semester classes starting this week, GVSU President Thomas J. Haas says he’s “disturbed and saddened by the report of a sexual assault” and addressed it with students in a letter that reads in part, “As a campus community, we have a responsibility to each other. Creating a campus community free from sexual violence takes vigilance from all of us. Every member must play an active role in fostering a healthy community. While we must care for each other, let me be clear — sexual assault is only the perpetrator’s fault.”

University officials are asking anyone with information to call the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office @ (616) 738-4022 or Silent Observer @ (877) 887-4536.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.