The Grand Valley State University Public Safety Liaison Committee is an oversight committee for the Grand Valley State University Police Department. The committee was created under the authority of Act 120 of the Public Acts of 1990 of the State of Michigan. Its primary function is to consider grievances by persons against police officers or the GVSU Police Department arising out of acts or omissions of such officers or the department. The committee may prepare and make recommendations concerning such grievances, including recommendations for disciplinary measures against a police officer who is found responsible for misconduct. Such reports shall be submitted to the President of Grand Valley State University with a copy to the vice president of finance and administration.
Who Serves on the Committee?
The committee is comprised of individuals nominated and elected by faculty and staff members and student body of Grand Valley State University. Groups are to be determined by the university president. The committee will include a minimum of two students, two faculty members, and two staff members who are neither members of the faculty nor of the Police Department. The chief of police will serve as an ex-officio and nonvoting member. No representative shall serve on the committee who has a supervisory or personal relationship with any officer or staff member of the police department.
Every effort should be made to resolve a grievance informally with the Police Department. In the event that the complainant does not find this procedure acceptable, the complainant can obtain a formal complaint form from the Human Resources Department or by clicking here.
All grievances and reports made to the committee pursuant to these procedures shall be treated confidentially by the committee. Information about a grievance will not be released by committee members, except as specified in these procedures or pursuant to a proper request by a governmental agency with valid jurisdiction or pursuant to a valid court order or to his/her legal counsel.
After the completion of the investigation of a grievance, the committee
These procedures must be reviewed by the Office of University Counsel and approved by the university president. If the committee proposes procedures, only the university president may accept or reject them.