July 14, 2020
Kenyon has updated its plans for returning to campus, offering in-person and remote instruction. Read more here.
With the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, especially among young people, we cannot continue to plan for a return to competitive athletics this fall. Intercollegiate athletics competition will be canceled for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. This is the right decision for the well-being of our entire Kenyon community. We appreciate your patience throughout this process, and we understand that for our student-athletes in particular, this news may be especially hard to take.
Please understand that athletics remains an important aspect of the Kenyon student experience. For now, however, it will have a different look. The Department of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation is committed to making that experience look and feel as meaningful as possible. Your coaches and staff are here to support you, and will be focused on establishing an environment that allows for our teams to reconvene in creative and purposeful ways. They will use this time to learn and grow in ways that build our community in sport and beyond.
At this time we do not yet know what lies ahead for our winter and spring sports seasons at Kenyon, and regret that there is continued uncertainty amid rapidly changing circumstances. We expect to have better data and information in the fall.
For the latest information regarding athletics, fitness and recreation at Kenyon, visit athletics.kenyon.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An information session for student-athletes was held July 16, and a recording is available here.
No. Kenyon teams will not be competing in any intercollegiate athletics through the end of the 2020 calendar year. Fall sports seasons for cross country, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball will not take place. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports seasons have yet to be determined.
No. Student-athletes will return to campus with the rest of the student population during a phased move-in that will take place prior to the start of classes Monday, August 31.
Yes. Following the NCAA resocialization of sport guidelines, as well as campus, local, state and federal policies, teams will be able to continue to practice, workout and hold group activities. Coaches will connect with student-athletes and design plans that best promote safety, while cultivating teamwork and well-being.
Sport specific activities will be dictated by the NCAA's guidance on return to play. There will be benchmarks and dates for the activities. The department will be working to establish this firm set of expectations for each sport as they return to campus.
Students permitted back on campus, per the College’s most recent plan, are allowed to participate with their teams. Those not permitted on campus, such as juniors and seniors in the fall semester, are not. However, those not permitted on campus can still remain involved by utilizing virtual workout programs and meetings set up by coaches.
Along with the requirements put forth by the College, the expectation is that each student-athlete will have a pre-participation physical done prior to returning to any organized practice. We will be providing guidance for availability and options to get this physical exam here on campus or via telehealth options.
The NCAA has issued a blanket waiver for all sports during the 2020-2021 academic year. The waiver states that Division III student-athletes will not be charged with participation for the 2020-21 season if their team competes in 50 percent or less of the sport’s maximum contests/dates of competition due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, each student-athlete will not be charged for the semesters in which they practice, as long as the sport meets these criteria.
As things stand now, yes, as long as they are a junior or senior fully enrolled in classes. Depending on your season, we would determine the amount of semesters and seasons used toward NCAA eligibility.
If current conditions continue and the College does not return everyone to campus in the spring, first-years and sophomores would be unable to participate in any winter or spring sport seasons. However, they will not be charged with a season of participation even if they practice during the fall term with their teams.
Any student-athlete who does not complete their four seasons of eligibility while enrolled at Kenyon would be permitted the opportunity to use that season(s) while enrolled in a graduate school. Those interested in doing so would need to work with the compliance officer to be entered into the NCAA Transfer Portal as a graduate school participant.
Since athletic competition will not take place for the remainder of the calendar year, the current plan is that student-athlete testing will be consistent with the rest of campus. Due to the close nature of athletics, there could be the potential for additional testing if there are members of a group who show symptoms or test positive.
Student-athletes, coaches or athletics staff who test positive must follow isolation protocols and will be asked to assist with contact tracing. Knox Public Health has jurisdiction and will handle symptom monitoring, meal delivery, etc. Tests will also be administered to anyone potentially exposed to the person who tested positive. At minimum, a positive test triggers exclusion from team activities.
Following the same protocol regarding safe return to play, spring sports can hold their non-traditional seasons, but no competition will be permitted.
The NCAC announced July 22 that all intercollegiate competition would be suspended through Dec. 31, 2020.
As we continue to map out a plan to return to campus and re-open the Kenyon Athletic Center, every effort is being made to continue these services, although the extent of these offerings will most likely be limited by various factors, including safety and prevention measures, as well as scheduling and reserving of spaces.
No. Those student-athletes cannot be held to the same protocols and expectations as the student-athletes remaining on campus, so they will not be permitted to train or compete with the team.
No. Students will not be penalized financially as a result of our new plan.
For the most part, yes. We still plan to honor the 4-7 p.m. practice window. However, to keep classes spaced out in time or in the best teaching locations, there may be some sections of courses that overlap with the window.
To do so would require a waiver of current NCAA rules for sports participation. At this time, we are working with the NCAC to explore various options for creating enhanced opportunities for spring practice and competition should conditions improve.
The NCAC has provided the following information: Even though we continue to diligently work with the NCAA and our partner conferences in the region and across the country to find ways to conduct competition and championships in the spring semester, it is important to keep in mind current realities as well, including but not limited to the following:
KenyonFit will suspend the majority of in-person fitness classes for the fall semester. However, the Kenyon community will be able to access on-demand fitness classes and nutrition tracking programs via a new app. In order to help the community maintain physical fitness and encourage activity, KenyonFit will offer a variety of incentive programs, outdoor activities, and individual challenges that can be done while maintaining safety and health measures.
The guidelines put in place for varsity athletics through the end of the 2020-21 calendar also apply to club sports competition. A determination regarding club sports practice has yet to be made. Intramural team sports will also be put on hold; however, the department is trying to draw up creative ways to hold limited intramural events that adhere to safety and health measures.
The KAC has a tentative reopening date set for Aug. 31, in conjunction with the start of the new academic year. Use of the facility will be limited to faculty, staff and students enrolled and living on campus. Community members and students living off campus will not be permitted to use the facility. As we make adjustments to best meet health and safety protocols, more details regarding the reopening of the KAC will be shared later this summer.
Yes. In accordance with local, state and federal guidelines, we will limit the number of people using the KAC at any one time. We are finalizing processes for doing so, including the implementation of a check-in and reservation system for some spaces.
Faculty, staff and students currently enrolled and living on campus may use the KAC. Physical well-being is an important part of life for Kenyon students regardless of their participation in College athletics. While the initial experience of entering and interacting with the space may be different this year, we anticipate the overall user experience will be as strong as ever.
No. After careful consideration and guidance from Senior Staff, the Department of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation has made the difficult decision to limit access to the KAC. For the foreseeable future, KAC usage will be limited to faculty, staff and students currently enrolled and living on campus. This action is being taken to reduce building capacity, promote distancing and ensure patrons meet health and safety protocols for being on campus. We recognize that the decision may be an inconvenience for many of our valued patrons who enjoy using the facility, but it is a necessary one for the health and safety of our students, employees and community. More details will be forthcoming regarding a new membership enrollment process.
We are carefully assessing federal, state and local guidelines in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for KAC users. Protocols will include limits on the number of people in specific spaces, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and a requirement for users to wear facial coverings when they are not actively engaged in physical activity.