Hope College is committed to providing an educational environment free from discrimination based on sex.
Sexual discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. We adhere to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in private institutions of higher education.
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.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance... ”
20 U.S.C. § 1681
Title IX Coordinator
- TITLE IX COORDINATOR
Sara Dorer serves as the Title IX coordinator, compliance officer and interim ADA/504 coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing and monitoring all Title IX compliance at Hope College. This includes implementation of Hope College’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Policy, leading the Title IX Advisory Team, and involvement in training and prevention. She acts with independence and authority free of conflicts of interest. Victims/survivors of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct may choose to file a grievance based on campus policy through the online reporting form or by contacting Sara Dorer.
- CAMPUS SAFETY
Reports can be made to Campus Safety 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 616.395.7770. Staff will assist you with immediate needs and safety concerns while also providing you with options for seeking medical assistance and/or reporting to law enforcement. Campus Safety staff are mandatory reporters, so reports filed with them will be shared with the Title IX coordinator.
Campus Safety staff will do everything in their ability to respect the wishes of the victim regarding next steps. However, if they determine a potential on-going or immediate risk either to the victim or to others on campus, they will contact Holland Police and will provide a Timely Warning Notice to the campus community. (In the case of a timely warning, the identity of the victim will remain confidential.)
- LAW ENFORCEMENT
Victims may wish to file criminal charges in addition to or instead of filing a report on campus.
- Call 911 for immediate response
- Call 800.249,0911 for non-emergency central dispatch to file a report about an incident that occurred in Holland (or another part of Ottawa County)
- Call .269.673.3899 to file a report about an incident that occurred in Allegan County
More information can be found online through the Ottawa County Victim Assistance Unit
- CONFIDENTIAL REPORTING ON CAMPUS
The following on-campus staff have been designated as confidential resources, meaning they are not required to report actual or suspected discrimination or harassment to appropriate college officials – thereby offering options and advice without any obligation to inform an outside agency or campus official unless a reporting party has requested information to be shared.
- CONFIDENTIAL RESOURCES OFF CAMPUS
Center for Women in Transition
- 24-Hour crisis line: 616-392-1970
- Information line: 616-392-2829
Holland Hospital Emergency Department
Other confidential resources
- Local or state assistance agencies
- Licensed professional counselors
- COLLEGE EMPLOYEES/RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF
All Hope College employees (faculty, staff, administrators and Residential Life student staff) are expected to report actual or suspected discrimination or harassment to appropriate officials (the Title IX Office or Campus Safety) immediately. A few select employees are considered "confidential resources," and they are not required to submit a report. This includes Counseling and Psychological Services staff, chaplains from Campus Ministries and our campus Victim Advocate. In order to make informed choices, it is important students are aware of these mandatory reporting requirements when consulting campus resources.
- OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS
Inquiries may be made externally to:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer service hotline: (800) 421-3481
The local Office of Civil Rights can be contacted at:
Office for Civil Rights (Cleveland Office)
U.S. Department of Education
1350 Euclid Avenue, Suite 325
Cleveland, OH 44115-1812
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: You are not alone. We have your back. I’ve got your back.”President Barack Obama, January 22, 2014