Institutions of higher education are subject to numerous federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Maintaining compliance with existing laws and regulations, while also staying updated on those that are added or modified, requires on-going efforts and commitments.

Hope College manages compliance in a decentralized manner, allowing appropriate campus experts to maintain oversight of compliance and regulations that impact their work.

The campus compliance officer serves to help track the various laws and regulatory requirements and the employees leading compliance in each area, determine if there are areas in need of additional work or leadership, and provide compliance-related information and updates to the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Board of Trustees.


We frequently consult several resources to accomplish this work.

The Higher Education Compliance Alliance provides a detailed and thorough compliance matrix, including links to statutes, regulations and additional resources. The compliance alliance was created by the National Association for College and University Attorneys (NACUA), in partnership with 30 other higher education associations.

The Catholic University of America and the American Council on Education have a Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse available for public use.

Policy Updates

Policies currently under review or being created include:

  • Youth Protection Policy (questions can be directed to Susan Ipri-Brown or Sara Dorer)
  • Travel and Entertainment Expense Policy (questions can be directed to Alicia Lockhart)
  • ADA Accommodation Policy and Process (questions can be directed to Jeanne Lindell)