GRCC Leadership Institute Accepting Applications

GRCC’s Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 cohort. The Leadership Institute is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of individuals and unite a community of leaders through two related programs: The Leadership Coaching Institute and The Leaders Institute.

The Leadership Coaching Institute equips experienced leaders to act as coaches for developing leaders. This program consists of workshops (in the fall semester) that train participants to act as leadership coaches. Participants then coach a developing leader in The Leaders Institute for one year (starting in the winter semester).

The Leaders Institute trains up-and-coming leaders by focusing on self-awareness, ingenuity, best practices, experiential learning, and coaching. In addition to providing the support of a leadership coach, this program offers a flexible leadership development curriculum and requires participants to complete a Stretch Assignment that is strategically relevant to GRCC. This program begins in the winter semester.

All GRCC Faculty and Staff are invited to apply. Applications for both of these programs are due by September 15, 2010 (participation is limited). Nominations are also welcome. For application materials and more information (including program guides) please go to  or contact Stephen Wagner, Executive Director of Organizational Learning (email:; phone: 234-3540).

Updated GRCC Policies

GRCC has one new policy and two updated policies online for review. The policies are a new Sexual Harassment Policy, revised Harassment Policy and revised Development and Issuance of College Policies.  These policies can be viewed at

Important changes:

Development and Issuance of College Administrative Policies (Revised):

Simplifies policy development and revision process.  Modifies membership of Policy Advisory Committee to include representatives from each of the College’s bargaining groups.  Differentiates the processes for developing administrative policies and for developing academic polices, consistent with AGC by-laws.

Sexual Harassment Policy (NEW):

Sexual Harassment is a form of harassment that has always been prohibited by GRCC’s College Harassment policy as well as State and Federal law. A separate Sexual Harassment Policy has been developed to provide greater clarity about what constitutes prohibited sexual harassment.

-Consensual Relationships

The new Sexual Harassment Policy prohibits consensual sexual or dating relationships where there is an institutional power difference between the parties involved.  Relationships with this power disparity may cast doubt on the objectivity of the supervision and evaluation provided, and may result in claims of sexual harassment and questions about the voluntariness of the relationship.

-Duty to Report

Any Supervisor who receives or becomes aware of a complaint of sexual harassment or other violation of this policy should report the complaint to the Office of the General Counsel as soon as possible and normally within three workdays. All complaints of sexual harassment, investigation documents and documents relative to the resolution of the complaint will be maintained in a confidential file in the Office of General Counsel.

-False Statements

Knowingly making false allegations of sexual harassment or providing evidence with the knowledge that it is false is also a violation of this policy and will subject a person to disciplinary action.

-Disclosure of Current Prohibited Consensual relationships

In the event that a prohibited consensual relationship is in existence at the time of the adoption of this policy, the supervisor must disclose the relationship to the appropriate supervisor and initiate arrangements to address any conflict of interest issues.

Harassment Policy:

GRCC’s Harassment Policy continues to remain in effect (and has been updated) to proscribe all forms of harassment, including bullying.

Lyon Street Parking Ramp Closed Friday Aug. 20, 2010

Starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2010, Lyon Street will be closed at Ransom Avenue  for the Rob Bliss Waterslide.  This means that the staff parking area in the Lyon Street Ramp will also be closed and no vehicles will be allowed to exit at 5:30 p.m.

If you park in the Lyon Street ramp and you plan on being on campus after 5:30 p.m., please use the Bostwick Parking Ramp.

GRCC In The News – 08/18/11

Paralympian Elizabeth Stone of Grand Rapids part of world-record swim effort in Netherlands

Updated: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 10:11 AM

Kelly Hill | The Grand Rapids Press

Elizabeth Stone likes the way it sounds when people refer to her as a “world record holder.”

Stone, 20, who swam at Grand Rapids Christian and attended Grand Rapids Community College last year, swam the third leg Monday of the U.S. 400-meter freestyle relay that set a world record in winning the gold medal at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

All you need to know about riding Lyon Street Waterslide this weekend

Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 8:03 AM

Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — 500 feet.

It’s the amount of space you need to leave between your car and a blaring, flashing emergency vehicle.

It’s a football field and a half.

It’s 152.4 meters of inflated yellow-and-blue vinyl your entire back side can glide down on Saturday and Sunday, thanks to the Lyon Street Waterslide, presented by nonprofit group Rob Bliss Events….8. What if there is a medical emergency? — EMTs will be on hand, as well as DK Security officers, Grand Rapids Police and GRCC Campus Police.