In a recent blog post on the KC Alumni for Title IX website, Kenyon alum Michael Hayes ’14 responded to an external investigator’s audit of how sexual assault cases are handled by the College. While the audit was a decent first step towards admitting that there are issues with the Title IX process at Kenyon, Hayes points out that “the College considers this Report to be a convincing addition to its growing inventory of assurances that everything is not as bad as it seems.”
Last semester was not an easy one at Kenyon. A series of events surrounding Title IX spurred campus-wide anger and demanded conversation. Time has passed, and naturally that conversation has faded. As the hill welcomes a new first-year class and many students returning from abroad, it’s a good time to review (or learn) what happened last semester. This post will also highlight this semester’s changes to Kenyon’s Title IX practice and policy.
The purpose of this post is to encourage further conversation. For this article, I talked to two Sexual Misconduct Advisors. It discusses rape and sexual assault.
*Content warning: This article discusses sexual assault*
This post was guest authored by Charlie Collison ’15, a former SMA.
Like many of my fellow and former classmates, this week’s events continue to make a huge impression upon me as a recent graduate, as the sibling of a current Kenyon student and friend to many others, and as a former Sexual Misconduct Advisor. The purpose of my writing is to share information from my experience as an SMA that individuals may find useful as Kenyon’s community calls to improve the college’s policies and procedures. Continue reading
Friday, April 29th, 2016
Dear President Decatur,
On Wednesday, April 27, a private online forum was created for alumni to share thoughts, concerns, and ideas in response to the blog post in which Michael Hayes detailed his sister’s rape and its aftermath. The group was created out of concern about sexual assault and violence on campus and, as of this afternoon, had over 900 members and continues to expand. In addition to showing solidarity with current students and sharing our own experiences with these issues, we hope to promote changes in policies and procedures that benefit the entire Kenyon community. Continue reading
cw: This article discusses sexual assault.
Thursday at 4:15 p.m. counselor Nicki Keller, Title IX Coordinator Andrea Goldblum, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Linda Smolak, next year’s Interim Title IX Coordinator Sam Hughes, and the Sexual Misconduct Advisors facilitated a somewhat tense Title IX forum in Gund Gallery’s Community Theater.
Keller kicked off the conversation by outlining the objectives for the discussion: Continue reading
After the recent climate on campus in response to issues regarding Title IX and sexual assault, students, Sexual Misconduct Advisors, Peer Counselors and Title IX coordinators have rallied to find solutions and justice for the community. As a result, these groups have organized two discussions in order to talk about these issues on campus, and what we, as students and members of a larger community, can do to make a change. Continue reading
This post was guest-authored by a Kenyon student who has asked to remain anonymous. Content warning: This post discusses rape and sexual assault.
In regards to the recent, popularized case of sexual misconduct: I believe the perpetrator was guilty and does not deserve to be on campus, but I think our response to this issue is missing the mark.
What went wrong in this case has been mirrored in far too many cases that use Title IX to handle sexual assault. The injustice lies rooted in something far more complicated, and far more systemic, than institutional negligence. It is deeper than Kenyon trying to protect rapists in order to make our crime statistics lower and project an image of idyllic safety on our campus. It is more complicated than Kenyon mishandling sexual assault cases. To assume the fault is entirely with Kenyon does not allow us to engage with the underlying issues within current federal policy that permits perpetrators to go free, only causing more danger on our campus and more pain within our community.
The problem, in this case, is less about Kenyon’s implementation of Title IX and more based in the Federal Title IX legislation itself. Continue reading