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State Police Campus Sexual Assault Grants to Benefit Anti-Violence Alliance

Ferris State UniversityGrants received from the Michigan State Police totaling $99,200 will fund the addition of a Violence Prevention Coordinator in Ferris State University's Office of Student Life and a series of security and surveillance cameras on the Big Rapids campus.

The Anti-Violence Alliance initiative based in Ferris State University’s Office of Student Life will benefit from professional expertise and new technology through the successful acquisition of two Michigan State Police grants.

Student Life Project Manager Ashley Schulte said $99,200 awarded by the Let’s End Campus Sexual Assault program includes support for a full-time Violence Prevention Coordinator position.

“We are thrilled to continue building capacity in our anti-violence work by adding this coordinator to our team,” Schulte said. “They will join more than 30 members of the Anti-Violence Alliance in new and ongoing initiatives and spend a significant amount of time working with our student peer educators.”

What began as Ferris’ Anti-Violence Coalition now boasts more than 30 members, but the seed money for the effort came from the first cycle of this grant program in 2019.

“Last year, we focused on building a team comprised of students, faculty, and staff to increase our knowledge and prevention efforts across the university,” Schulte said. “This most recent funding allows us to elevate and expand on that work with the addition of a full-time violence prevention coordinator, who will report in the Office of Student Life.”

Responsibilities for the coordinator will include forming Ferris’ Coordinated Community Response Team, leading the continued implementation and expansion of prevention education programs, and enhancing education and intervention resources and services for main-campus Ferris students, Kendall College of Art and Design students, and the university’s 22 statewide locations.

Schulte said the other grant awarded to the university funds installation of an array of security and surveillance cameras on the Big Rapids campus.

“This is an important element of enhancing on-campus security,” Schulte said. “The project will allow for enhanced evidence collection and cooperation and is an asset that will benefit Ferris for years to come, thanks to this one-year grant.”