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Timely Warning: Sexual Assault Near Campus

Posted: Saturday, October 20 2018 at 10:48 a.m.

On Saturday, October 20, 2018, at approximately 2:00 a.m., Hope College received a report from the Holland Department of Public Safety of a sexual assault that occurred in the area of 14th Street and College Ave. 

Police reported that two Hope students were coming from the downtown area and walking on 14th Street when they were approached by two unknown males. One of the males quickly approached the student and grabbed her in a sexual nature. The two males then fled. Holland Police are investigating this case; if you have any information on this case, please call them at 616-355-1100.

We will be 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 Hope’s confidential campus resources, which include:

  • Counseling Center (CAPS): Bultman Student Center – top floor, 616-395-7945
  • Health Clinic: Dow Center – 1st Floor, 616-395-7585
  • Campus Ministries: Keppel House, 616-395-7145
  • Confidential Advocate: Christian Gibson, DeWitt Center, 616-395-7802 

Timely warnings are issued to provide our students and employees with information to make decisions or take appropriate actions to ensure their safety. We encourage students to take security measures like walking at night together in groups and being aware 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

Thank you for commitment to safety on our campus.

Jeffrey Hertel
Director, Campus Safety