VII. Interim Measures

A. Overview

Upon receipt of a report of Prohibited Conduct, the College may impose reasonable and appropriate interim measures designed to eliminate the reported hostile environment and protect the parties involved. Interim measures may be both remedial (designed to address either party’s well-being and continued access to educational and employment opportunities) or protective (involving action against a responding party). Interim measures are available regardless of whether the reporting party chooses to pursue any action under this policy. The Civil Rights Coordinator will maintain the privacy of any interim measures provided under this policy to the extent possible and will promptly address any violation of the protective measures.

A reporting party or respondent may request separation or other protection, or the College may choose to impose interim measures at its discretion to maintain the safety 11 of all parties, eliminate a hostile environment, and/or protect the integrity of the process. The Civil Rights Coordinator will oversee and implement the provision of interim measures and remedies. The Civil Rights Coordinator has the discretion to ensure the appropriateness of any interim measure based on all available information, and is available to meet with a reporting party or respondent to address any concerns about the provision of interim measures.

All individuals are encouraged to report concerns about the failure of another individual to abide by any restrictions imposed by an interim measure. The College will take immediate and responsive action to enforce a previously implemented interim measure and disciplinary sanctions may be imposed for failing to abide by a College-imposed measure.

B. Range of Interim Measures

Potential interim measures, implemented on behalf of the reporting party and/or the respondent to the extent reasonably available and warranted by the circumstances, include, but are not limited to:

  • Access to counseling services and assistance in setting up an initial appointment, both on and off campus
  • Imposition of a “no-contact order” (failing to abide by the no-contact order may result in allegations of additional policy violations)
  • Rescheduling of exams and assignments
  • Providing alternative course completion options
  • Change in class scheduling, including the ability to transfer course sections or withdraw from a course without penalty
  • Change in work schedule or job assignment
  • Change in supervisor
  • Change in student’s College-owned, sponsored, or controlled housing
  • Assistance from College support staff in completing housing relocation
  • Limiting an individual’s or organization’s access to certain College facilities or activities pending resolution of the matter
  • Voluntary leave of absence
  • Providing an escort to ensure safe movement between classes and activities
  • Providing medical services
  • Providing academic support services, such as tutoring
  • College imposed administrative leave or separation
  • Interim restricted access (in consultation with the appropriate division head as described in Section VII.C)
  • Providing assistance with obtaining information about visa or immigration issues, legal issues, and transportation options
  • Any other remedy that can be tailored to the involved individuals to achieve the goals of this policy.

C. College Imposed Restricted Access

Whenever a student’s or group’s alleged actions and/or activities are viewed as threatening or potentially injurious to the well-being or property of members of the Kenyon College community or to the property or orderly functions of Kenyon College, the Civil Rights Coordinator, in consultation with the Dean of Students, may impose interim (temporary) restricted access of a student or a group prior to the formal investigation or resolution of an alleged violation of College policy and/or pending the outcome of the resolution of a report. Interim restricted access is not disciplinary in nature and is not recorded on the respondent’s transcript.

If a respondent student wishes to challenge interim restricted access, the respondent shall provide written notice of such challenge, including their reasons, to the Civil Rights Coordinator within 2 business days of receiving notice of the restrictions. The Civil Rights Coordinator, in conjunction with the Dean of Students (or designee), shall meet with the student and an advisor of the student’s choice. The purpose of the meeting is to permit the student to respond to the restriction/s. The location of the meeting will be determined by the Civil Rights Coordinator and may occur via telephone or video-conference. Within one business day of the meeting, the Civil Rights Coordinator and Dean of Students shall again consult regarding the interim restricted access. The Civil Rights Coordinator will notify the student in writing of the resulting restrictions.

Similarly, the Civil Rights Coordinator in consultation with the appropriate division head who would not typically serve as the adjudicator (i.e., Dean of Students for students, an Associate Provost for faculty, and Vice President of Finance for staff) may impose leave for any employee at their discretion prior to the formal investigation or resolution of a report. Such leave will be structured at the College’s discretion in consultation with the appropriate department head.