Kenyon College is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff a community and place of study that is free of discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of prohibited sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is against the law and in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature.
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome and unsolicited sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when 1) submission to such conduct is used as the basis for educational decisions or is made a condition of participation in a school program or activity; or 2) such conduct (a) has the purpose or effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student's academic performance, (b) is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it adversely and unreasonably affects a student's participation in or receipt of benefit from an educational program, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment; or c) otherwise adversely and unreasonably affects a student's learning opportunities.
Sex discrimination and sexual harassment can take many forms, including but not limited to the following:
• repeated and unwanted comments that stigmatize another on the basis of one's sex;
• subtle pressure for sexual activity;
• sexually harassing statements made through electronic communication;
• graphic comments about a person's body;
• sexually explicit pictures or suggestive objects placed in a living or work space thata reasonable person would find offensive;
• unwanted propositions of a sexual nature, or demands for sexual favors;
• non-consensual sexual intercourse;
• non-consensual sexual contact;• sexual exploitation;
• endangering the health of another person by exposing him or her to a sexuallytransmitted disease or condition without notifying the person in advance;
• unwanted telephone calls or e-mail with sexually explicit content.
Off-campus misconduct between students may lead to the creation of an on-campus hostile environment that constitutes sexual harassment. Therefore, student-on-student sexual harassment complaints that involve off-campus activities will be processed in the same manner as other complaints.
Any student found responsible for violating the policy on sexual harassment will likely receive a recommended sanction ranging from warning to dismissal, depending on the severity of the incident, and taking into account any previous campus conduct code violations.