The campus watch program, based on the concept of neighborhood watch programs, is a concerted effort to inform the Kenyon community of measures that can be taken to provide a safer and more secure environment.

The aim of the program is for each member of the community to act as an extension of the Office of Campus Safety by serving as an observer and reporter. Campus Watch calls upon members of the Kenyon Community to step forward and assist in building a safer campus and community for all.

What you, as a member of the Kenyon College Community, should look for:

  • Someone screaming or shouting for help
  • Someone looking into windows and parked cars
  • Unusual noises
  • Property being taken out of student rooms or class rooms that are closed.
  • Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly with no apparent destination or without lights when lack of daylight dictates
  • Anyone being forced into a vehicle
  • A stranger sitting in a car for extended periods of time or talking to a child
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Anything "unusual" for the area you are in

Avoid personal contact with any suspicious activity or with any crime in progress.

If you see any unusual activity, report it immediately and as accurately as possible to the Office of Campus Safety. Members of the Office of Campus Safety are on duty 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Simply dial 0 or 5555 from any College telephone (427-5555 from telephones that are not part of the College phone system), or use one of the blue light emergency phones placed around campus.

How to report an incident or suspected crime:

When you call the Office of Campus Safety, give your name. Use the list below to familiarize yourself with the questions that will be asked by the Office of Campus Safety. Knowing what information will be asked of you and what to look for will be the most effective tool in preventing and stopping crimes to persons and property of the Kenyon College Community.

  • Briefly describe the event
  • When the event happened
  • Where the event happened
  • Who was involved in the event

Describe the suspect.

  • sex
  • race
  • age
  • height
  • weight
  • hair color
  • clothing
  • any distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache, scars, tattoos, or accents

Describe the vehicle if one is involved.

  • color
  • make
  • model
  • year
  • license plate number
  • any special features such as stickers, dents or decals

Many times, as the school year progresses, calls to action against immediate threats lose enthusiasm. It is important to keep interest in your surroundings and the goings-on alive. Even if an immediate threat of crime is not foremost on your mind, it pays to be vigilant.