Hope Alert

Reminder from Campus Safety

Posted Monday, October 24 at 7:08 p.m.

As you know, the borders of Hope College’s campus blend seamlessly into the City of Holland, resulting in a unique fusion between the college and surrounding neighborhoods and streets. We are fortunate to have many positive interactions with individuals who are not members of our campus community. We also are blessed to have a strong, mutually supportive partnership with the Holland Department of Public Safety, which always stands ready to assist Hope College. But while we value this relationship with our city neighbors, two recent incidents remind us that we do need to be vigilant about our surroundings and our interactions with others.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at approximately 5:00 p.m., three Hope students were walking (independently of one another) on 13th Street near Columbia Avenue. A male, driving a silver or grey four-door vehicle, approached the students individually, asking if they wanted a ride or needed help. On each occasion, the student responded appropriately by refusing the ride, finding a safe place and contacting Campus Safety. The driver was later identified and banned from Hope College property.

On Sunday, Oct. 23, at approximately 10:00 p.m., two students were walking (independently of one another) on 13th Street near the Dow Center. They were approached individually by a different male subject driving a silver 2006 Mazda 3. The driver of the vehicle asked if the students wanted a ride or needed help. Both students contacted Campus Safety immediately. The vehicle and the driver were later identified by Campus Safety; the subject was contacted by Holland Police and also was banned from Hope College property.

Neither of these men is a Hope student, and none of the incidents are related to recent reports of sexual assaults.

While no crime has been committed, Campus Safety is sharing this information with you as a reminder to take normal safety precautions.

  • Be aware of your surroundings, including vehicular traffic. 

  • Avoid traveling alone. Use the buddy system. Walk in groups. Request a safety escort from Student Transportation and Campus Safety any time of the day or night by calling 616-395-7770. 

  • If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to Campus Safety (616-395-7770).

  • Use the blue light phones if and when necessary. Blue light phones are located throughout campus and allow students to contact Campus Safety directly.

Thank you for your commitment to the safety and well-being of the Hope College community.

Jeffrey Hertel
Campus Safety


Cleary Notice: Timely Warning

Posted on Saturday, October 22 at 10:52 a.m.

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.  

In compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Hope College Campus Safety is giving notice of the following:

Campus Safety received a report of a sexual assault that occurred at a Hope College cottage on campus early this morning. The suspect is known to the individual who was assaulted. The Holland Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident.

If you or a friend has experienced 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 – 2nd floor, 616-395-7802  

Timely warnings are issued in part to allow community members enough information to keep themselves safe. Based on the similarities of recent reports of sexual assaults, we encourage all students who might choose to engage in events involving alcohol to take normal safety precautions, including informing friends of your plans prior to going out, arriving and leaving social gatherings with the same friends, and pouring and consuming your own drink. Additionally, it is important to remember that individuals cannot consent to sexual activity if incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs. We encourage all students to be active bystanders by remaining alert, being mindful of surroundings, and reporting all suspicious persons and activity to Campus Safety at 616-395-7770.


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

Everyone is reminded that resources for support are available; if you feel you need support, please contact Campus Safety at616.395.7770 to be connected to resources.