Any Kenyon staff member can submit a question to Staff Council and Staff Council will make a reasonable effort to post answers to submitted questions. Questions received during the current academic year will be posted below in chronological order. View questions from previous years here.

If you would like an update on the status of a question, please get in touch and include your name to receive a response.

2021-22 Questions and Answers

The Office of Campus Safety responded on Nov. 3, 2021:

Currently, we do not have any policies in place that address parking violations at spaces designed for EV vehicle fuel stations. As we are starting to review policies concerning parking on campus as a whole, this information will be added.

Chris Smith, Cox Health & Counseling Center director, responded on Aug. 10, 2021:

Throughout the pandemic, a principle of Kenyon’s COVID-19 response has been to follow the advice of scientists and experts. The CDC currently recommends that vaccinated individuals return to indoor mask wearing in areas of substantial or high spread, which applies to the majority of counties in the United States, including Knox County. While vaccines are highly effective and immunized individuals are much less likely to become infected with or severely sickened by the virus, the rise of more contagious variants means that when breakthrough infections do occur, people who are vaccinated can still spread the virus.

VP for Facilities, Planning and Sustainability Ian Smith responded on July 20, 2021:

The sign has been restored [following a vehicle collision in spring 2021] and will be re-installed after hearing from Ohio DOT about their safety upgrade plans for that intersection.

2020-21 Questions and Answers

Director of Human Resources Jennifer Cabral responded:

Regarding triennial review pay adjustments, supervisors make recommendations to the division head. The division head should then share what amount, if any, of triennial review pay adjustment was approved. The supervisor could then share that with the employee. In addition, the annual compensation notices will include the amount of any triennial review pay adjustments made.

Theater of War focuses on presenting live theatrical experiences. However, some recordings are available on their YouTube channel, including the Sept. 24, 2020, “Tragedies for the Pandemic” lecture presented as part of their Kenyon residency. 

Director of Human Resources Jennifer Cabral responded:

Senior Staff will be discussing this next semester [spring 2021] and will inform the community when the decision is made. For now, employees should continue quarterly check-ins.

Kenyon Staff Council responded: 

Dear Student Council,

Staff Council met on Tuesday and discussed the benefits reduction. Members present representing all divisions of the College were asked to consider both their own opinions and those of the coworkers they represent.

Regarding the temporary suspension of retirement contributions:

There was consensus among the Staff Council members present that the College acted wisely in implementing retirement benefit cuts. Members are aware that many other colleges and universities are furloughing or laying off staff, and appreciate Kenyon’s desire to maintain all jobs and health insurance benefits as long as possible. This shared sacrifice is preferable to seeing any of our co-workers lose their jobs. Maintaining regular pay for employees who were unable to complete some or all of their work during the remote spring semester were cited by members as evidence of Kenyon’s genuine care for employees.

Some in the Kenyon community have argued that the College could have tapped into “rainy day” funds before resorting to cuts. Staff Council members felt that these funds should be reserved for more catastrophic circumstances, since there is no guarantee that the pandemic’s effects on the College’s budget will last only one year — and, in fact, it is still possible that the College will still need to reduce the budget more severely this year. 

Regarding Kenyon’s decision making process: 

The majority of members expressed that they trust decisions like this to be made by the College’s Senior Staff and Board of Trustees, as long as there is consultation with appropriate bodies. In this case the Benefits Committee was briefed by Senior Staff members in detail before convening the Board of Trustees. Several members pointed out that, in general, the College should strive to include those most affected by decisions in discussions about those decisions as much as possible, and that this may happen more proactively in the future.

Finally, Kenyon Staff Council greatly appreciates the outpouring of concern by the student body for the welfare of Kenyon employees. All Kenyon employees, both staff and faculty, are committed to keeping students’ education, safety and overall wellbeing as our highest priority, and it is very meaningful to us that Kenyon students have expressed similar concern for our wellbeing.