Student Sanctions

The sanctions listed below are actions that may be taken, individually or in combination, by the designee(s) of the Vice President for Student Affairs. 

  • 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 If suspended or withdrawn, the student must follow the readmission process outlined in the Kenyon College Catalog before they may resume their studies at Kenyon.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. 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 reassignment, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 at any official College event at any time.

The sanction or sanctions determined at the time of a hearing (administrative or Student Conduct Review Board) are effective immediately following the appeal period unless indicated otherwise by the Vice President for Student Affairs or their designee.