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Policies and Resources

Use these resources to help you navigate the complex issues of student life.  

If you have questions regarding any of the policies and resources listed on this page, please contact our office at 616.395.7800 or sdev@hope.edu.

Student Handbook
The Hope College Student Handbook provides essential information regarding campus life, policies and procedures. The college strives to make our campus a place where members can study, work and live, and where people are treated with respect. Questions regarding the Student Handbook may be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at 616.395.7800.

Student Handbook 
Discrimination Complaint 

Hope College affirms the dignity of all persons as made in the image of God. Hope College is committed to being a welcoming, vibrant and caring academic community where academic excellence and the pursuit of knowledge are strengthened by our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and grounded in the historic Christian faith, where the full humanity of all may flourish in an environment in which there is room for different perspectives that bring people together. It is the policy of Hope College not to discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnicity, familial status, genetic information, height, national origin, race, religion (except in the event of a bona fide occupational qualification), sex (including gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation), theological perspectives (e.g., conservative, progressive, traditional), veteran status, weight or any other legally protected attribute, status or characteristic.

Making a report about discrimination or harassment can be done online at hope.edu/reportdiscrimination or by contacting Taylor Sinclair, senior director of equity and  ompliance/Title IX coordinator/ADA and 504 coordinator, at 616.395.6818 or sinclair@hope.edu. She can also help answer questions about the policy and the process if you have questions before reporting.

Equal Opportunity, Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy 

Missing Person Policy
In accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the College has implemented a Missing Persons Policy to establish procedures to respond to reports of a missing student. Questions regarding the Missing Persons Policy may be directed to Jeff Hertel, director of Campus Safety, at 616.395.7800.

Missing Persons Policy 
Emergency Contact Policy
Student safety and wellbeing is very important to the Hope College community. For this reason, we ask that students help us by supplying (and regularly verifiying) emergency contact information. 

Students are strongly encouraged to enter themselves as an emergency contact in order to receive emergency text messages to their cell phones. Questions concerning the Emergency Contact Policy may be directed to the Dean of Students Office at 616.395.7800.

Emergency Contact Policy 
Drug and Alcohol Policy
In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Hope College prohibits all marijuana use, including medical marijuana. Questions about this policy may be directed to the Dean of Students Office at 616.395.7800.

Drug and Alcohol Policy 
Annual Security Report
Annually, Hope College prepares the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This report includes a statement of security measures, the annual crime statistics and is in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Questions about this information may be directed to Sara Dorer, Title IX coordinator, at 616.395.6818.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 
Voter Registration

Federal law mandates that all colleges and universities in the country make voter registration information available to all students, who are eligibile to vote and attending their institutions.

Hope College students may register to vote using a college address or a hometown or parent’s address. If you register with your hometown address and want to vote while attending college, you must remember to request an absentee ballot before the election. Check with your state’s election board for the exact deadline.

To learn more about voting, please visit usvotefoundation.org to learn more about voter registration requirements and deadlines.