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4 College Senior

Administration: There's a reason they're called campus safety and not campus police. They really do look out for the students' best interests, and they're nice people to make friends with! Parking enforcement can be a little annoying.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: I'm only a first year, but so far I've only had pleasant experiences with the administration and campus safety. They honestly make me feel like they're there to help, not to get us into trouble.

4 College Freshman

Administration: President Decatur is a very visible figure on campus, and genuinely seems to be doing his best to better the school. Admissions officers are highly intelligent and friendly, as are most other members of administration.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Admin is way too strict about parking. Basically, we can't ever park anywhere except the very edge of campus. Campus safety, however is very lenient about underage drinking, so long as registered parties follow basic guidelines. I think they are perhaps too lenient. I'm not a fan of underage drinking. But the campus safety staff are very nice and helpful. Watch out for the sheriff though. He's a jerk and he's always trying to nail people.

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4 College Junior

Administration: 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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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 40 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 43 responses

  • 63% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 26% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 5% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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