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Gambier, OH
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus safety is generally really nice and understanding- just don't do anything stupid like yell or try to run away. If you listen to them and respect them, they'll usually give you a chance to fix whatever you're doing wrong. However, the local sheriff is tough. Open containers are a big issue, so campus safety usually just tries to stop people from walking outside with any drink. They genuinely just want everyone to be safe!

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty strict about alcohol policies but if you are careful you will be fine

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Punishments Barely Exist – You will get "written up" if you are caught drinking underage but this doesn't really matter unless you are an athlete, in which case you will have to tell your coach and your team is likely to be punished.
Be careful of drinking in the streets of Gambier (not on school property) as the Sheriff loves nothing more than to give open containers to Kenyon kids.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Required Drug and Alcohol Counseling – If you get caught with alcohol underage on campus, you'll have to talk to the drug and alcohol counselor, who is awesome. If you don't have a problem, or even if you do, you're in good hands. Drugs are slightly different and more complicated. I'm not fully aware of the punishment, but I've only heard about off-campus involvement for someone running a more intense drug-dealing business, and that was before my time. Moral is, be responsible and respectful, and you'll be treated the same. The president, S. Georgia Nugent, has signed onto the Jewell Initiative, which calls on the government to reconsider the drinking age and look into its effects.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: You Are Treated Like the Adult That You Are – Kenyon's strictness level is fantastic. Our campus is incredibly safe, and we just recently switched over to the proximity card system to get into dorms. There is no curfew, you can be almost anywhere on campus at any time, and you are allowed to have non-student guests for up to three days. As long as students do not violate the safety restrictions, there are rarely problems.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 147th
    Best Campus Police
  • 390th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 1220th
    Strictest Honor Code

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Alexandra Patterson
Bowling Green, KY
Grad Year
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Kenyon is a wet campus, and the president of the College, along with 100 other college presidents, is a supporter of the "Amethyst Initiative," which encourages informed debate on the current alcohol policies and invites new ideas. This all means that drinking on campus is largely unregulated. Large parties are required to have "party monitors" who check IDs at the door, but this does little, other than mark underage drinkers before handing them a beer. Other areas on campus, such as freshman dorms, have stricter standards. Freshmen caught drinking in their halls will be written up by their community adviser. Far from being a strict punishment, this write-up often amounts to nothing more than a piece of paper with no further implications.

The only complication with Kenyon security is that the Knox County Sheriff exploits the lack of real distinction between Kenyon and Gambier. Students who wander, intoxicated, onto Gambier property are likely to be heftily fined and may face harsher consequences. In terms of off-campus visitors, the standards are even more lax. The official policy requires students to register their guest with the Office of Campus Safety upon arrival and states that guests can stay no more than three days in one calendar month. In general, these rules are not enforced, and as long as the guests do not cause any problems, Campus Safety does not care about them.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Burning candles in the dorms
  • Parking illegally
  • Smoking indoors
  • Smoking marijuana
  • Underage drinking
Visitation Policies
Guests are supposed to register with Campus Safety and can stay for no more than three days.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 8% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 27% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 65% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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