News and announcements regarding Title IX-related issues will be available on this page.

July 15, 2020

Update to Sexual Harassment & Misconduct and Discrimination Policies In an email to the campus community, Kenyon announced that updates to the 2020-21 Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy and the 2020-21 Discrimination & Discriminatory Harassment Policy are now available.

May 6, 2020

Department of Education issues new Title IX regulations In a email to the campus community, Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator Samantha Hughes shared that the Department of Education has issued new federal regulations regarding the enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and mandated institutional compliance by Aug. 14, 2020.

January 22, 2020

Update regarding the Dept. of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator Samantha Hughes addresses the U.S. Department of Education's proposed new regulations and affirms Kenyon's commitment to promoting and providing a campus environment that is free from sex- and gender-based harassment and violence. Read frequently asked questions.

September 16, 2019

Updates from Kenyon's Office for Civil Rights In a email to the campus community, Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator Samantha Hughes provided an overview of 2018-19 activity related to the Office for Civil Rights and information about their work going forward.

November 20, 2018

Response to Dept. of Education’s proposed new Title IX regulations Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator Samantha Hughes addresses the U.S. Department of Education draft of proposed new regulations that would replace the current interim federal guidance regarding the enforcement of Title IX and affirms Kenyon's commitment to promoting and providing a campus environment that is free from sex- and gender-based harassment and violence.

October 2, 2017

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Kenyon College has posted and is publicly sharing 2016 crime statistics and safety-related policies and procedures as required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

The Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires colleges and universities that receive federal funds to share calendar-year information regarding campus crime and efforts to improve campus safety, including information about emergency notification, the crime-reporting process and support programs for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

September 29, 2017

Response to the Department of Education's new guidance Kenyon's Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator Samantha Hughes responds to the Department of Education's new guidance on campus sexual misconduct.

September 12, 2017

2017 Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey Results President Sean Decatur updated the campus on the most recent results from  the Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey, developed by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium.

July 21, 2017

Office for Civil Rights Community Update The summer communication includes policy updates, reporting statistics and a status report on the search for a Civil Rights/Title IX deputy coordinator. 

March 31, 2017

Office for Civil Rights Community Update This is the second in a series of regular community updates about Title IX work at Kenyon, including specific advancements on the recommendations arising from the recent comprehensive audit of Kenyon’s Title IX/Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) policy, procedures and outcomes.

March 22, 2017

Staff and Faculty Campus Climate and Sexual Assault Survey Results In October 2016, Kenyon faculty and staff members were invited to participate in an anonymous survey regarding the campus climate and sexual assault. Of the 767 employees invited to participate, 359 completed the survey for a 46.8 percent response rate. The intention of the survey was to better understand faculty and staff perceptions of Kenyon’s climate concerning unwanted sexual contact and sexual misconduct, how Kenyon addresses and responds to sexual assault, and whether and how often employees have experienced sexual misconduct and relationship violence while working. View the results of the survey (PDF).

March 3, 2017

Response to Rescinded Transgender DCL On Feb. 22, 2017 the Trump administration rescinded the May 13, 2016 Dear Colleague Letter that outlined specific guidance related to transgender students at schools and colleges receiving federal funding. While many of us consider this decision to be a significant setback for LGBTQ+ rights, we are writing to affirm that Kenyon will continue to support all members of our campus community.

January 23, 2017

Office for Civil Rights Community Update This is the first in a series of regular community updates about Title IX work at Kenyon, including specific advancements on the recommendations arising from the recent comprehensive audit of Kenyon’s Title IX/Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) policy, procedures and outcomes.

December 2, 2016

Title IX External Review Report In April 2016, President Sean Decatur and the Kenyon College Board of Trustees called for an external review of the College’s Title IX and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Policy, which had been adopted 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 was appointed to oversee the review and any resulting recommendations. The external review report is now available to download and read in full at kenyon.edu/title-ix/review.

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September 30, 2016

2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Kenyon College has posted and is publicly sharing 2015 crime statistics and safety-related policies and procedures as required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 

The Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires colleges and universities that receive federal funds to share calendar-year information regarding campus crime and efforts to improve campus safety, including information about emergency notification, the crime-reporting process and support programs for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

September 13, 2016

Kenyon notified of investigation by United States Department of Education Kenyon received notice this week that it will undergo a Title IX investigation by the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Kenyon is cooperating fully with the investigation.

September 8, 2016

The College’s external Title IX auditor is seeking feedback from current students, their parents, faculty and staff about experiences with the College’s Title IX policy during the 2015-2016 academic year. Anyone who has had experience with the policy or its implementation during that period but who has not already received a link to the online form seeking feedback is welcome to fill out the form at https://kenyon.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cBcMmOolc1zMVet.

August 29, 2016

A Letter from the Title IX Steering Committee An update on the work of the Title IX Steering Committee from co-chairs Ruth Fisher, member of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees, and Ted Mason, professor of English and associate provost for diversity, equity and inclusion.

July 25, 2016

Ready to Review Kenyon has hired independent compliance auditor Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger to undertake a comprehensive review of the College’s Title IX policies.

July 6, 2016

Alumni Council Title IX Discussion A summary of the Council's May 2016 meeting with President Sean Decatur and Vice President for Student Affairs Meredith Bonham ’92. Prepared by Alumni Council.

July 6, 2016 

Consent Conversation President Sean Decatur discusses sexual misconduct on college campuses in a special debate for PBS’s “Point Taken.”

July 5, 2016 

The Higher Value of Higher Education in Addressing Sexual Violence by President Sean Decatur

May 9, 2016

Update on Title IX/VAWA President Decatur announces the members of the Title IX steering committee and a new frequently asked questions page.

May 5, 2016 

Frequently Asked Questions A series of frequently asked questions regarding Title IX policy and procedures is now available.

May 2, 2016 

Letter from the Kenyon Board of Trustees on Title IX Chairman of the Kenyon College Board of Trustees Brackett B. Denniston ’69 shares the board's latest discussions about Title IX.

April 28, 2016

Work to Do We have some difficult conversations ahead of us in Gambier regarding sexual assault.

April 27, 2016

College Seeks Independent Title IX Audit President Sean Decatur outlines plans for a comprehensive audit of the College’s Title IX policy, procedures and outcomes in a letter to the Kenyon community.

April 26, 2016

Letter from President Decatur to Campus Community Over the past 24 hours, the Kenyon community has been made sensitive to issues regarding sexual misconduct.