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.

Notice of Non Discrimination

Hope College seeks to be a community that affirms the dignity of all persons as bearers of God’s image. It is Hope College policy not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, family status, genetic information, height, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, or weight, except in the event of a bona fide occupational qualification. Hope College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The following person has been designated to respond to inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy:

Sara Dorer, Equal Opportunity and Compliance Coordinator
141 East 12th Street (220 DeWitt)
Holland, MI 49422-9000

For further information, you can contact the local Office for Civil Rights at:

Office for Civil Rights (Cleveland Office), U.S. Department of Education
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325
Cleveland, OH 44115-1812

Here is a link to a video from the U.S. Department of Education: How to File a Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR)


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:

  • Interim Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy (questions can be directed to Sara Dorer)