April 23, 2020
Kenyon has temporarily adjusted its operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.
Meeting summaries for the current academic year are found below. Archives can be found in the menu at the left.
Present: Jared Hoffman, Megan Mason, Alex Johnson, Jennifer Beck, Jennifer Bleiler, Kelly Briscoe, Angel Harmon, Shannon Hashman, David Hoyt, Alyssa Gómez Lawrence, Miracle Mahle, Lori Moore, Susan Morse, Tristan Neviska, Grant Wallace, April Woodward-Ginther
I. Upcoming KSC events/announcements
Sean M. Decatur: The President’s Office is working through what that looks like; the biggest concern if will we be able to gather in large groups in May, but yes, we will celebrate when we are able
SMD: Will pass this along … thank you!
SMD: Was a conversation that was started but we should go back to that
SMD: So far not much. Construction was exempt from the stay-at-home order, assuming they are practicing good social distancing
SMD: In talking with Todd Burson, we feel comfortable for this fiscal year. There are some new expenses, but there are also savings that are happening due to students not being on campus or events that are no longer happening. The next fiscal year is the one where there is the most uncertainty, because we really don’t know where admissions and endowment stand, but will have a better idea in May how those things are looking
SMD: Generally the biggest concern for the on-going job searches is that we can not conduct in-person interviews right now. Looking to next year, we will start evaluating again in May
SMD: The stay-at-home order supersedes the dates we issued, although we should probably send out an official announcement.
SMD: Certainly if there are opportunities to connect online, continue to do so as you are able
SMD: There was a model that suggested a “block style” scheduling, where students would take two classes the first part of the semester, then two the second part of the semester. This would allow for a slightly cleaner break if things were to get messy again in the middle of the semester. Would there be any benefit to delaying the start of school? Perhaps, because some of our groups do start coming back at the beginning of August. Having too many students on campus vs. having too few students on campus are both difficult to handle for different reasons
SMD: We will be looking for feedback on topics as they happen. KSC may have thoughts on how we can provide more informal support to the community, especially as we will likely start to see an increase in cases
Present: Jared Hoffman, Meghan Mason, Alex Johnson, Brittany Ball, Jennifer Beck, Jennifer Bleiler, Angel Harmon, David Hoyt, Alyssa Gómez Lawrence, Lori Moore, Tristan Neviska
Next KSC meeting is on April 6 at 10 a.m. at 2 p.m.
Long term goals:
Present: Jared Hoffman, Meghan Mason, Brittany Balo,Alex Johnson, Brittany Ball, Jennifer Bleiler, Kelly Briscoe, Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, David Hoyt, Barbara Kakiris, Alyssa Gómez Lawrence, Tristan Neviska, Grant Wallace
Next KSC meeting is on March 3 at 2 p.m. in Timberlake House.
Anticipated Changes in Enforcement from the U.S. Department of Education, Spring 2020
Present: Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Alex Johnson, Miracle Mahle, Alyssa Gómez Lawrence, April Woodward-Ginther, David Hoyt, Brittany Ball, Meghan Mason, Lori Moore, Grant Wallace, Jennifer Beck, Brittany Balo
From Jared: Sam Filkins is resigning from his KSC position for the rest of this year and his remaining term.
II. Michael Sweazey — Director of Campus Safety
Sweazey spoke briefly on his background in the Secret Service and at his previous institution, then spoke of his goals for the department and for Kenyon. One of his first objectives was hiring an assistant director, Todd Bell (effective Jan. 1). Sweazey would like to look at the training schedule for officers, increasing their certifications and maintaining their re-certifications. He would also like to increase partnerships and outreach within the community and county. An example of that is the “table-top workshop” for the KEPT group in a few weeks. Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and other local groups have been invited to observe.
Sweazey hopes to continue looking at Campus Safety’s budget, duties and personnel to try and be more efficient. He is hoping to come up with some creative ways to increase morale and hopefully minimize employee “burn out.” Had a brief conversation explaining KEPT (Kenyon Emergency Preparedness Team) and NIMS (National Incident Management System). The department is currently fully staffed, so you may see new faces on campus. Please have patience if you are meeting new folks and they are asking you to do something in a way you may not be used to, as they are still learning.
Present: Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Kelly Briscoe, Miracle Mahle, Barbara Kakiris, David Hoyt, Tristan Neviska, Alyssa Lawrence, Lori Moore, Brittany Ball, Jennifer Beck, Grant Wallace, Meghan Mason, April Woodward-Ginther
Jared shared President Decatur’s charge with Campus Senate to draft a statement of accessibility for the College. Example of Amherst College statement. Jared is on the Senate subcommittee drafting a statement, so please share any accessibility concerns with him.
Present: Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Alex Johnson, Miracle Mahle, Alyssa Gomez Lawrence, April Woodward-Ginther, David Hoyt, Kelly Briscoe, Meghan Mason, Jennifer Bleiler, Jennifer Beck, Barbara Kakiris
Joe was glad to be back in front of the group. The preliminary draft has been shared with the Board of Trustees and Staff Council, and will be shared with faculty and students in the coming week.
We had time to review and discuss our thoughts on the draft. The general consensus was it is a great start. There were a few words and sentences that caught our attention as needing to be addressed. However, we appreciated that our ideas and conversations from the brain-storming session seemed to be captured in the text.
The committee is meeting next week to review comments and take another pass at the draft. They will then work to make it more public. If KSC has any recommendations on the best way to distribute and potentially collect feedback from the rest of the College, he would be happy to hear it.
Mail (and Printing Services): Lots of comments and concerns about the mail services and printing. The feedback will be given to Susan Morse. We are encouraging folks to talk to their Divisions and Senior Staff members.
Present: Brittany Ball, Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Alex Johnson, Miracle Mahle, Alyssa Gomez Lawrence, Lori Moore, April Woodward-Ginther, David Hoyt, Kelly Briscoe, Brittany Balo, Meghan Mason, Jennifer Bleiler
II. Samantha Hughes, Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator
Prohibited relationships clause in the Sexual Misconduct and Harassment policy
This all started in 2017 when a faculty member (on behalf of a larger group of faculty) approached Samantha about concerns regarding different relationships within their group. Junior faculty vs. tenured, etc.
The new version is not significantly different from the older version, but is hopefully more clear. The policy is not saying that people at Kenyon can not date or have relationships with each other. It’s more about how the relationships are being navigated in a professional capacity. It really comes down to supervisory roles and mentorships and making sure those are being handled appropriately.
Jared would like to thank everyone for participating in the scheduling spreadsheet. There are a few more folks to fill in their availability, and then Jared will look to evaluate and come up with a few options.
Present: Brittany Balo, Brittany Ball, Angel Harmon, Shanon Hashman, Jared Hoffman, Alex Johnson, Miracle Mahle, Grant Wallace, Barbara Kakiris, Alyssa Lawrence, Lori Moore, Tristan Neviska, Cindy Burgett, April Woodward-Ginther, David Hoyt, Kelly Briscoe, Meghan Mason, Jennifer Bleiler, Jennifer Beck
Carrie Knell works in an independent office reporting directly to President Decatur. Conversations in her office are kept off the record, but there are exceptions: threat of harm to property or persons, sexual misconduct, felony crimes and child abuse. Carrie has worked with individuals, small groups and whole departments. One of her goals is to help people become advocates for themselves.
Programming is another part of her job. Carrie tries to hold several “Lunch and Learn” trainings per semester. A variety of topics are covered and she is always looking for suggestions on topics.
A new program this year: become a campus mediator. Open to faculty, staff and students. One may apply by Oct. 19 via the ombuds office webpage. There will be two six-hour training sessions on Jan. 10 and 11, 2020 (with monthly follow-up trainings.) The members will be trained in co-mediation and also learning how to facilitate dialogue.
Kenyon Listens is a campus-wide dialogue program focused on having conversations about life experiences, with people you don’t know, and being able to reflect on them. Diving into topics that are a little deeper but not overly risky. The hope is they will spark creative and honest conversations, creating a more connected community.
Carrie asked if there are themes or topics that we are seeing in our spaces. She also asked that we display her poster in our spaces and make sure people know she is a resource for the campus.
Jared would like each subcommittee to discuss what our monthly meeting time will be. Each subcommittee should also have a lead to help with communication and planning.