Grand Valley State trustees OK new building, tuition hike

GRAND RAPIDS — Trustees at Grand Valley State University have approved a new $70-million building project in Grand Rapids. The university says Friday that the project will create more space for the school's health professions and nursing programs. The state Legislature has approved a capital outlay request of $29 million for the five-story, 160,000-square-foot building. The school says remaining funds will come from private donors and university bonds. Construction is expected to start next June. Grand Valley State's main campus is in Allendale, west of Grand Rapids. (Detroit Free Press)

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Education official: ‘I am sorry’ for assault remarks

Washington — The Education Department’s top civil rights official’s “flippant” remarks are raising questions about the government’s commitment to fighting campus sexual violence, even as she issued her second apology in as many days for attributing 90 percent of sexual assault claims to both parties being drunk. Candice Jackson, assistant secretary for civil rights, told victims of sexual assault meeting with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday that she was sorry for her remarks. “As much as I appreciate apologies, which are difficult, unfortunately, there’s no way to take it back. It’s out there,” said Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center, who attended the meeting and relayed Jackson’s apology Thursday. “What’s extremely important now is that they do the hard work to counter those sorts of rape myths. They need to explicitly reject them.”

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