Hope Alert

Timely Warning: Sexual Assault

Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Hope Campus Safety recently received a report of a sexual assault that occurred at a Hope College cottage residence. According to the report, the assault took place in December 2016. The suspect was not known to the survivor.  Campus Safety has been in communication with Holland Department of Public Safety about this incident. Recognizing the wishes of the survivor of the assault, a police report has not been filed.

We are working to support the survivor, which includes providing connections to on- and off- campus resources. If you or someone you know has experienced a sexual assault, help is available. You can file a report by calling Campus Safety at 616-395-7770, or you can reach out to one of our confidential campus resources, which include:  

Counseling Center (CAPS): DeWitt Center – 2nd floor, 616-395-7945  

Health Clinic: Dow Center – 1st floor, 616-395-7585 

Campus Ministries: Keppel House, 616-395-7145 

Confidential Advocate: Sara Bazydlo, DeWitt Center – 1st floor, 616-395-7802 

Timely warnings are issued to provide students and employees with information to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety. We encourage all students to use the security measures in place at their residence. These preventative measures include, locking doors, locking windows, not sharing door codes with others, utilize outdoor lighting, awareness of your surroundings, and reporting anything suspicious to Campus Safety and law enforcement.

Throughout the year, Hope College Campus Safety issues notices of incidents, in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 ("The Clery Act"). The Clery Act requires higher education institutions to report statistics on certain crimes, which are referred to as "Clery Act crimes." A notice is issued when the college determines that a Clery Act crime has been committed. 

For more information about the Clery Act and timely warnings, please see the Hope College Campus Safety website.