Grand Valley State University

2019 Grand Valley State University Crime & Safety Report

Is Grand Valley State University safe? Below we'll take a look at crime statistics for the college campus and surrounding areas.

Our crime and safety report on GVSU includes:

Understanding the Crime Stats for GVSU

Crime & Safety Definitions

Our crime statistics come from the U.S. Department of Education's Campus Safety and Security data. The four types of crimes we will be analyzing are violence against women, arrests for major crimes, arrests for possession, and disciplinary actions.

Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and arson are the types of things included in the arrests for major crimes category. The violence against women grouping includes things such as domestic violence, date rape, and stalking. The arrests for possession classification deals with things such as weapons possession, alcohol violations, and drug violations. The disciplinary actions category involves possession of weapons, alcohol violations, and drug violations in the cases where no arrest occurred but some action was taken.

Number of Incidents

Many colleges and universities report zero incidents in some or all of these categories. In fact, 56% of the schools we cover reported no arrests for major crimes, 67% reported no violence against women, 70% reported no arrests for possession, and 68% reported no disciplinary actions.

While zero reported crimes may seem like a good sign, it does not necessarily indicate that the school has been safer. It may just be that the school doesn't have as strict reporting as others. Likewise, a high number of incidents may just mean that the school is stricter about law enforcement and reporting.

GVSU Overall Crime Stats

465 Total Number of Incidents
19.35 Incidents per 1000 Students
Grand Valley State University reported 465 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place at or near campus or on other properties affiliated with the school. Based on a student body population of 24,033, that's 19.35 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 26 1,670 1.08 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 17 880 0.71 1,352.94
Violence Against Women 40 334 1.66 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 382 2,670 15.89 4,574.85

GVSU Overall Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of GVSU crime and safety incidents by category is shown in the following chart.

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Disciplinary actions account for 82.2% of all crime and safety incidents at the school. Around 3.7% of the crime and safety-related incidents at Grand Valley State University resulted in arrests for possession. About 5.6% of incidents were arrests for major crimes. Acts of violence against women accounted for 8.6% of incidents.

Comparison to Other Schools in the Nation

The charts below show how GVSU compares to other colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to each category of crime and safety-related incidents. Note that this does not take school size into account so larger schools are likely to have more incidents.

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GVSU Overall Crime by Location

The chart below shows what percentage of GVSU crime and safety incidents happened in each location.

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GVSU On-Campus Crime Stats

448 Total Number of Incidents
18.64 Incidents per 1000 Students
Grand Valley State University reported 448 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019. These student-involved incidents took place on campus. That works out to 18.64 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 24,033.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 21 1,585 0.87 4,000.00
Arrests for Possession 11 813 0.46 888.89
Violence Against Women 40 331 1.66 1,000.00
Disciplinary Actions 376 2,645 15.65 4,544.91

GVSU On-Campus Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of GVSU on-campus crime and safety incidents are in each category.

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GVSU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime Stats

1 Total Number of Incidents
0.04 Incidents per 1000 Students
Grand Valley State University reported 1 safety-related incidents involving students on affiliated off-campus properties in 2019. That works out to 0.04 incidents per 1,000 students, considering that the student body population is 24,033.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 1 164 0.04 333.33
Arrests for Possession 0 64 0.00 111.11
Violence Against Women 0 100 0.00 194.44
Disciplinary Actions 0 144 0.00 305.56

GVSU Affiliated Off-Campus Crime by Category

The percentage breakdown of GVSU crime and safety incidents by category on affiliated off-campus is shown in the following chart.

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GVSU Residence Hall Crime Stats

387 Total Number of Incidents
16.10 Incidents per 1000 Students
Grand Valley State University reported 387 incidents related to crime and safety in 2019 that took place in residence halls. Note that these numbers are also included in the on-campus crimes category. Based on a student body population of 24,033, that's 16.10 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 10 167 0.42 101.80
Arrests for Possession 8 715 0.33 180.35
Violence Against Women 14 140 0.58 53.89
Disciplinary Actions 355 2,507 14.77 4,029.94

GVSU Residence Hall Crime by Category

The chart below shows what percentage of GVSU crime and safety incidents in residence halls are in each category.

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16 Total Number of Incidents
0.67 Incidents per 1000 Students
In 2019, Grand Valley State University reported 16 incidents related to crime and safety that involved students on public property in the surrounding Allendale neighborhood. Since the number of students at the school that year was 24,033, that's 0.67 incidents per 1,000 students.

Below, you can see the number of incidents by category as well as the maximum number of incidents reported by any school for comparison's purposes.

Category Number of Incidents Max Number of Incidents (at any school) Number of Incidents per 1,000 students Max Number of Incidents per 1000 students (at any school)
Arrests for Major Crimes 4 67 0.17 666.67
Arrests for Possession 6 245 0.25 1,294.12
Violence Against Women 0 24 0.00 555.56
Disciplinary Actions 6 137 0.25 137.93

The chart below shows what percentage of GVSU student-related crime and safety incidents in the Allendale neighborhood surrounding the campus are in each category.

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References

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