I. Purpose and Scope of Policy

Kenyon College prohibits discrimination and discriminatory harassment based on age, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, and marital status and any other characteristic protected by institutional policy, or state, local, or federal law (collectively, “Protected Characteristics”).

While the College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability, these are not included in the definition of “Protected Characteristics” under this Policy. Instead, discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation is covered in the Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy. Discrimination or discriminatory harassment on the basis of disability is covered in the Grievance Procedures for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Student Grievance Procedure and Employee and Visitor Grievance Procedure).

The purpose of this policy is to set forth what conduct is Prohibited Conduct under this Policy and to describe the process used in resolving complaints of discrimination based these Protected Characteristics. This policy applies to all members of the Kenyon College community, including, but not limited to, students, faculty, staff, administrators, the Board of Trustees, groups, vendors, others engaged in business with the College, guests, and visitors.

This policy applies to all forms of Prohibited Conduct that:

  • Occur on campus;
  • Occur in the context of any Kenyon College education or employment activities or programs;
  • Have continuing adverse effects on campus, on any member of the Kenyon College community, or in the context of any Kenyon College education or employment activities and programs, regardless of where the conduct occurred.

Regardless of whether off-campus behavior meets any of the above characteristics, the College may hold individuals and groups responsible for off-campus behavior that is prohibited by the Student, Staff, or Faculty Handbooks.

Kenyon College supports the free exchange of ideas in the academic enterprise and shall interpret this policy in a way that protects such an exchange.