Welcome to GVSU School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies.  As part of the College of Education and Community Innovation at Grand Valley State University we are focused on increasing the understanding of justice based issues for students, practitioners, policymakers and community members.  The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies offers undergraduate degree programs in criminology, criminal justice and legal studies; graduate degree in criminal justice; special certification program in our police academy and military basic training academy; paralegal studies certificate.  

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Legal Studies faculty consists of full-time faculty and part-time adjunct faculty members providing local, regional, national, and global perspectives of  crime and justice issues in the classroom and through their scholarship.

GVPD Run-Hide-Fight

GVPD Run-Hide-Fight

GVPD creates new safety video | December 7, 2021 (Volume 45, Number 7) | Article by Dottie Barnes 
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December 7, 2021 at 1:44 p.m.

The Grand Valley Police Department has created a new safety video to help the campus community respond to urgent situations.

Brandon DeHaan, director of public safety and chief of police, said the video helps illustrate the Run/Hide/Fight model, offering Lakers options to consider and the ability to create a plan if ever confronted with violence.

“Having this knowledge builds confidence with members of our community in their ability to immediately recognize danger and respond by implementing their plan of action without hesitation,” said DeHaan.

Preparing for an emergency before one occurs makes all the difference in helping to protect yourself and others, DeHaan said.

The videos can be viewed on the GVPD website or the GVSU emergency website.


Graduate Showcase 2021 Spotlight

Graduate Showcase 2021

This year, the Master's Criminal Justice program is represented in the (virtual) Graduate Showcase by Alyssa McCord and Cassie Merritt.

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Dr. Carrie Buist - Fox 17 News Interview - GVSU & MSP CJ 380: Cold Case Investigation

Dr. Carrie Buist - Fox 17 News Interview - GVSU & MSP CJ 380: Cold Case Investigation

GVSU joins WMU in partnering with MSP to solve cold cases Michigan State Police have 200 cold cases across the state, and more than 25 in GVSU's district By: Max Goldwasser - Posted at 2:59 PM, Apr 12, 2022 and last updated 6:06 PM, Apr 12, 2022

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