H. Possible Sanctions

In determining the sanctions, the following factors will be considered, to the extent the information is available in the case file: (1) the respondent’s prior conduct history; (2) how the College has sanctioned similar incidents in the past; (3) the nature and violence of the conduct at issue; (4) the impact of the conduct on the complainant; (5) the impact of the conduct on the community, its members, or its property; (6) whether the respondent has accepted responsibility for their actions; (7) any other mitigating or aggravating circumstances, including the College’s values.

The imposition of sanctions will typically take effect immediately, but may be stayed at the discretion of the Hearing Chair/Panel in consultation with the Title IX Coordinator. A respondent who separates from the College under any circumstance is not eligible for re-admittance or re-employment until they have successfully completed the terms of any sanctions imposed.

Suspensions and Dismissals are recorded on a student's permanent academic record as "Suspended: date" or “Dismissed:date” and will be noted on the transcript at the time the sanction is imposed. If an appeal reverses the decision, the notation will be removed. If the student is the subject of an investigation, but voluntarily withdraws from Kenyon before completion of the process, "Date of withdrawal: Institutional Action Pending" will appear on the student’s transcript. Upon conclusion of the investigation and appeal process, the notation of withdrawal will be removed. When Suspension or Dismissal is issued, this action will be noted on the student’s transcript in place of the notice of withdrawal pending.

Sanctions for Students and Student Groups

For students, the sanction may include removal from specific courses or activities, removal from College housing, suspension from the College, or dismissal. While sanctions may be of a punitive nature, they are intended to be educational as well. The possible sanctions that may be issued, individually or in combination, for students found responsible for Prohibited Conduct include:

  • Statement of Concern. May be issued to students who are found in the presence of a policy violation, but who are not held formally accountable for that violation.

  • Warning. A warning is notification that a student has committed certain violations and that continuance of such conduct will result in more severe disciplinary action.

  • Educational Sanctions. These include but are not limited to alcohol education, mandatory counseling assessment and adherence to professional counseling recommendations, research paper or project, coordinating a hall or building program with a residential life staff member, group education program, etc.

  • Behavioral Contract. The purpose of such a contract is to allow a student to successfully manage their behavior while remaining an active member of the Kenyon community. Failure to complete the agreed-upon provisions of the contract will result in suspension from the College, unless the student voluntarily withdraws. If suspended or withdrawn, the student must follow the readmission process outlined in the Kenyon College Catalog before they may resume their studies at Kenyon.

  • Administrative Hold on Student Accounts. Enforced most often when students have failed to comply with assigned tasks from a conduct hearing or Title IX investigation. This action precludes students from registering for classes and obtaining such documents as transcripts and diplomas. Once the outstanding sanction has been satisfactorily completed, the hold will be lifted.

  • Disciplinary Service. Service hours expected to be completed in a given area as a way to give back to the campus or local community.

  • Fine/Restitution. A fine or restitution is a monetary penalty for violations such as vandalism or damage to College property or the property of others. All fines must be paid by personal or cashier’s check; they will not be applied to a student’s account.

  • College Restriction. Restriction from certain buildings, events, activities, etc.

  • College Housing Restriction. Residence re-assignment, removal from College housing, or restrictions on where a student may live.

  • Disciplinary Probation. This sanction means that for a specified period of time (ordinarily no less than the equivalent of one semester) a student is not in good disciplinary standing with the College.

  • Administrative Withdrawal. Withdrawal from a specific course, major, or academic department may be invoked in cases where a student or group of students violates expectations of the academic arena (classroom incivility, disruption, harassment of faculty or other students in the classroom).

  • Deferred Suspension. This involves students who have been held responsible for behavior that warrants suspension but where mitigating circumstances and additional sanctions may allow a student to remain in the community while these sanctions are being completed. Failure to complete any of the additional expectations by the stated deadlines will lead to the immediate implementation of suspension without further hearing. In addition, if a student is found responsible for any further College policy violations, at a minimum, the student will automatically be recommended for suspension for at least one full semester.

  • Suspension. The denial of the opportunity to continue in the College for a specified period of time (ordinarily no less than one semester), or indefinitely until the student’s intervening record can support an application for readmission. While suspended, a student is not allowed to be on campus or to attend any official College event. In the event that additional sanctions are imposed in conjunction with the suspension, these sanctions will most likely be expected to be completed prior to an application for readmission to be considered. Upon return from suspension, the student will be placed on probationary status for one calendar year following completion of suspension. This sanction is noted permanently on the student’s transcript.

  • Dismissal. The denial of the opportunity to continue as a student at the College. A student who has been dismissed is not eligible to apply for readmission. A student who is dismissed is not allowed to be on campus or to be at any official College event at any time. This sanction is noted permanently on the student’s transcript.

  • Organizational Notification. Written or verbal notification to inter/national organization representatives, officers or advisers.

  • Loss of Privileges. Denial of privileges such as removal of services and access to facilities, restriction of use of campus financial accounts and/or student activity fee funding, attendance or participation in activities/programs, loss of theme or division housing privileges.

  • Social Probation. Probationary status during which time the organization is restricted from participating in social events, including hosting as an organization.

  • Probation of Student Organization. Probationary status for a specified period, typically not less than one semester, during which time the organization will be required to fulfill specific conditions before reinstatement to good standing.

  • Suspension of Student Organization. Separation from the College for a specified period, typically not less than one semester. Involves loss of all rights and privileges of student organizations, including the use of College facilities, and probationary status for one year following completion of suspension.

  • Termination of Student Organization. Termination is the most serious of College disciplinary actions for a student organization. It involves permanent separation of a student organization from the College and removal of recognition of the organization.

For a student employee who is acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the incident, the sanction may include any permissible sanction for students or employees.

Sanctions for Employees or Employee Groups

For employees, the sanction may include any form of responsive action or progressive discipline as set forth in the Employee Handbook, including training, referral to counseling and/or disciplinary action such as warning, reprimand, withholding of a promotion or pay increase, reassignment, temporary suspension without pay or termination of employment.

Sanctions for Faculty or Faculty Groups

Appropriate sanctions may range from a warning, a reprimand, relevant training, referral to counseling, salary freeze, removal from certain responsibilities (e.g. supervising employees), paid leave or unpaid leave, non-renewal of contract, reassignment, termination of tenure and/or termination of employment. 

Sanctions for Non-students and Non-employees

Appropriate sanctions may include but are not limited to: warning, counseling, training, restricted campus access, restricted participation in College activities and events.