In April 2016, President Sean Decatur and the Kenyon College Board of Trustees called for an external review of the College's Title IX policies, procedures, and activities from the 2015-16 academic year. Below is the executive summary of the report produced from that review.
The full report is now available as well as a letter from President Sean Decatur and Brackett Denniston, chair of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees. Questions and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by the co-chairs of the Title IX Steering Committee, Ruth Fisher P'17, trustee, and Theodore O. Mason P'10, associate provost for diversity, equity & inclusion.
In April 2016, President Sean Decatur and the Board of Trustees of Kenyon College directed that the College undertake an external review of the College’s Title IX and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Policy (the “Policy”) which had been adopted as of July 1, 2015, and of the College’s practices under the Policy during the academic year ended June 30, 2016. A respected professional with experience in Title IX/VAWA matters, Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger, was engaged to conduct the review and a committee (the “Committee”) was appointed to oversee the review and any resulting recommendations.
Veidlinger conducted an extensive review of the Title IX and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Policy, related practices, and of each report made under the Policy. She gathered input from numerous students, faculty, employees and others in the Kenyon community via in-person meetings, anonymous on-line surveys, emails and group round-table discussions. Veidlinger noted that the Kenyon community strongly supported the review and that she “was struck … by the deep commitment each [participant] expressed to the particular role they fill at Kenyon, to the College as a whole, and most importantly, to the well-being and success of the students.” Overall, while noting there is still work to be done, the Report found:
While noting the strengths of the College’s Policy and related practices, Veidlinger offered several suggestions for enhancements and modifications to the College’s Title IX/VAWA systems. Many of Veidlinger’s suggestions have already been or are in the process of being implemented. The suggestions generally fall into one of the following three areas:
We thank each of the Committee members for their meaningful and thoughtful input during the review process, and thank Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger for her exhaustive work and care in effecting this review. We close by emphasizing that the Title IX/VAWA area is one which deserves — and at Kenyon is getting — constant and sustained review and adjustment. The recommendations in the Report should be understood as part of that continuum, not the end of the line. Most importantly, however, it is apparent to the Committee that the most critical work we can do as a community is to encourage each individual to take personal responsibility for making the campus a safer environment for all, and for ensuring that when issues arise, all of the persons involved are treated fairly and with sensitivity.
Meredith Harper Bonham, Vice President for Student Affairs and Class of 1992
Marshall Chapin, Trustee and Class of 1994
Olivia Cucinotta, Class of 2018
Ruth Fisher, Trustee and Parent Class of 2017
Judy Holdener, Professor of Mathematics
Theodore O. Mason, Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Parent Class of 2010
Jesse Matz, William P. Rice Professor of English and Literature
Susan Morse, President’s Chief of Staff
Submitted November 17, 2016.