Student Life in Off-Campus Housing Directly Across from GVSU

While attending GVSU, security is important to the college as well as to its students. The primary responsibility for law enforcement on the Allendale campus rests with GVSU’s Department of Public Safety Services (DPS). The University has many security features to ensure that its students feel safe. The entire campus and parking lots are well-lit and the DPS includes a fully-equipped and trained University police department that provides 24-hour emergency service from the Ottawa County Central Dispatch Authority.


There are also student security personnel that DPS employs on a part-time basis to provide additional safety. Officers patrol the campus regularly during academic breaks and there is an emergency system installed that informs students about emergencies and campus closings via e-mail and text messages (which the students are required to register for online). Emergency call buttons are found near the front door of every residential hall. In addition, GVSU encourages students to be aware of what is going on around them and to take responsibility for their own belongings and safety.


In comparison to the national average and to other state universities, crime rates are very low at GVSU. Police are quick to respond if a situation does occur and are always willing to escort a student home if he or she feels unsafe. During low-residency periods, special security features are in effect and students that remain in on-campus housing during the holidays and spring break periods must register in advance with a housing and resident life staff member. Referring to the housing handbook will provide additional information.


If you are a student who lives in off-campus housing while attending GVSU, you should be aware of the security measures that are employed in the building or community you reside in so you can take measures to work in harmony with them.


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