The Constitution is subject to revision during the academic year; if this occurs, changes will be publicized to the community.
Authority and responsibility for the governance of student life at Kenyon is divided among these bodies. The Administration is charged with instituting policies for the protection of the health and safety of the student body and for the protection of College property. The Faculty is charged with making the academic regulations for the College. The Campus Government is charged with regulating, in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Constitution, all aspects of student life not delegated to the Administration or to the Faculty. In fulfilling this responsibility, the Campus Government has as its aim the establishment of a climate which will promote the process and aims of liberal education.
All full-time students, all faculty members, and administrative officers are members of the Campus Government.
The functions of the Senate shall be:
The functions and powers of the Student Council shall be:
In the fall of each year, the sophomore, junior, and senior classes shall each elect a class committee consisting of eight (8) students to promote class unity and organize class activities. The class representative to Student Council will serve as a tenth and voting member of the class committee, and the class representative to Senate shall serve as an eleventh and voting member.
The First-Year Council shall be the official representative body for first-year student discussion, organization, and action. Its functions shall be:
• To formulate and express officially first-year student views concerning affairs of the College;
• To initiate specific proposals that will promote the welfare of the College, its student body, and particularly the first-year class;
• To act as a channel through which information about campus government, current proposals, and activities of general interest will be disseminated to the first-year students;
• To assist and supervise the functioning of first-year student activities, enterprises, and social events; and
• To encourage members of the College’s administrative staff and faculty to address First-Year Council and interested first-year students.
The Student Conduct Review Board is designed to address alleged infractions of the College’s nonacademic regulations. It was created to ensure the protection of student rights. The Student Conduct Review Board operates through a clearly articulated process designed to determine the facts. When appropriate, it will respond to violation of College policy in a manner that is intended to be for the purpose of educating about accountability and upholding the standards of the community. (For information about the procedures for the Academic Infractions Board, which is separate from this process, please consult the Kenyon College Catalog.)
The limitations of the College’s student conduct review system should be recognized. Therefore, when an individual believes a crime has been committed, the College recommends that charges be filed in the criminal justice system, as well as with the College. Members of the Student Affairs staff and the director of campus safety can assist students in making contact with the appropriate state and federal criminal justice agencies and provide support throughout the process. Students should be aware that some College staff members may be bound by law to report certain offenses to criminal justice authorities. Within the College’s conduct system, the following shall be the case:
The following terms, when used in the administrative hearing procedures and Student Conduct Review Board procedures, are defined as follows:
When students or groups appear before the Student Conduct Review Board, they are afforded certain procedural rights by the Conduct system.
Rights of the Complainant
Rights of the Respondent
It should be noted that in an appeal, the preponderance of evidence shifts to the appellant, the appeal is heard “on the record,” i.e., on the basis of written information only, and that an appeal is not a rehearing of the case. The letter of appeal must be filed with the dean of students or her/his designee within three business days of written notification to the respondent of the outcome of the Student Conduct Review Board or administrative hearing. The dean of students or her/his designee will normally make a decision regarding the written appeal within 21 business days of receipt of the written appeal. In the presence of unusual circumstances, only the president of the College may grant additional time to the dean of students or her/his designee for consideration of the appeal.
In considering an appeal, dean of students or her/his designee may deny the appeal and maintain the decision of the Student Conduct Review Board or administrative hearing officer, grant the appeal and modify the sanction or penalty, or refer the case back to the Student Conduct Review Board or administrative hearing officer for further deliberation. The decision of the dean of students regarding the case shall be final and not subject to further appeal.
Prior to Hearing — Student Complainant(s)
Prior to Hearing — College Complainant
During the Hearing
Records and Reports
See Procedures for Handling Alleged Academic Infractions in the Kenyon College Catalog.
Campus assemblies provide a College-wide forum for exploring, explaining or discussing any matter of general concern. All members of the campus community are invited to participate in the assembly for the purpose of enhancing communication and harmony in the College. The announcement of each assembly shall specify the format of the meeting, which may include any of the following:
Campus assemblies may be convened by the president of the College, by the chair of the faculty on the instruction of the faculty meeting, by the chairs of Senate on the instruction of the Senate, or by the president of Student Council on the instruction of the Council or in response to a petition bearing the signatures of one hundred (100) students.
Any student holding office in the campus government is subject to impeachment for failure to perform the functions of her or his office, for gross neglect of duty, for failure to execute daily assigned responsibilities, or for violation of the principles and provisions of the campus government.
Impeachment proceedings shall be undertaken by the Student Council acting either on its own initiative by a majority of its members, or in response to a petition to it bearing the signatures of one-fourth of the constituency of the position in question. The president of the Council shall instruct any student thus subject to impeachment to appear before Council for a hearing. In the event that it is the president of the Council who is being impeached, the vice president for academic affairs of the Council shall conduct the hearing.
Action to remove a student from office shall require a two-thirds vote of the full membership of the Council.
The student body shall have the right to submit to a referendum on any issue which falls within the authority of the Student Council.
A referendum may be called by a petition to the Student Council bearing the signatures of one-eighth of the student body. When a referendum is called, the president of the Council shall arrange for a special vote on the issue within two weeks.
If the proposal receives the approval of a majority of those voting on the issue, and 25 percent of the student body votes on the issue, except where otherwise provided, the voting shall be binding on the Student Council.
Amendments to this constitution shall be made by the Senate. Amendments shall follow the procedure outlined for Senate legislation in Article II, Section 2.d. To pass the Senate, an amendment will require the consent of two thirds of the voting members present, not including abstentions.
Proposals for amendment may be initiated either by the Student Council, faculty, Senate, or campus assembly.
The president of the College shall appoint from the administration an administrative advisor for the campus government who shall have the following responsibilities: