An emergency can happen at any time. The information that follows offers guidelines for the Kenyon community on how to handle various dangerous situations. You can help by reading these guidelines and being prepared.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

In an emergency, call the Campus Safety emergency phone number at 740-427-5555 or Knox County Emergency Services at 911.

Campus Safety Non-Emergency Phone Number: 740-427-5000
For information on college closing and weather emergencies: 740-427-7007
Health Services: 740-427-5525
Counseling Services: 740-427-5643

Rave Alerts

Kenyon College RAVE Emergency Alerts go automatically to cell phones, land lines and email accounts.

Emergency Tools and Advice

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RAVE Guardian App

The Rave Guardian app can be downloaded from the iOS App Store or Google Play and provides several tools you can use to enhance your safety on campus:

  • Make emergency calls and provide safety tips: Call or provide tips (including photos) to Campus Safety about an unsafe situation on campus, or call 911 directly from the app.
  • Directly contact friends or family: Import contacts and communicate directly with trusted contacts.
  • Set a safety timer: If you’re heading out alone, set a safety timer. The app automatically notifies your contacts if the timer expires before you disable it.
  • Guard someone else: Receive safety notifications on behalf of others.
  • Create a safety profile: Automatically share key information about yourself, including a photo and information about medical conditions or allergies, in the event of an emergency.

Find out more about Rave Guardian.

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Blue Light Emergency Call Boxes

There are twenty-nine (29) blue-light emergency-call boxes on campus. These stations immediately connect you with Campus Safety. Do not hesitate to use the call boxes for emergency assistance and information, medical assistance, fire alert, to report crimes, suspicious persons, vehicular accidents, or if you feel unsafe for any reason. There is no handset; simply push the button and begin speaking. You will be in two-way communication with a safety officer. If you are unable to speak, an officer will be dispatched to the call box location immediately. If you are unable to remain in the area, give your name and your intended direction of travel.

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Campus Alert Statuses

Campus Watch

Threat to campus is vague and/or an event has occurred, or has the potential to occur. An event may have occurred in relative proximity to campus. No immediate action is required and the campus community will not be notified. All Campus events and services will continue to operate as normal. Campus Safety and/or KEPT will closely monitor the situation.

Campus Alert

Unplanned event and/or incident that is not likely to threaten life or have a significant impact on the health or property of the campus community. A RAVE alert will be sent to the campus community with information and, if necessary, instructions. Specific campus events may be delayed or cancelled, but most campus events and services will continue to operate as normal. College personnel will manage the event/incident and care for community members. The duration of the incident is generally no more than a few hours.

Campus Warning

Event and/or incident that impacts the life, health, and/or property of a specific area of campus community. A RAVE alert will be sent to the campus community with information and instructions. Incident may require a partial and/or short-term evacuation, or relocation of some community members. Specific campus events may be cancelled and campus operations may be temporarily limited to essential operations. College personnel need outside agencies to effectively manage the incident and care for community members. The duration of the incident is a maximum of eight (8) hours.

Campus Emergency

Large-scale event and/or incident that significantly impacts the life, health, and/or property of the entire campus community. A RAVE alert will be sent to the campus community with information and instructions. Incident may require a major evacuation, or relocation of community members. Campus events may be cancelled and services may be limited to essential operations. College personnel need outside agencies to effectively manage the incident and care for community members. The duration of the incident is unpredictable, but long-term effects are likely.

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Campus Responses

Campus Emergency Lockdown (Shelter in Place)

Specific response to a campus-wide threat where community members seek safety in a locked or secure space, and/or limit movement between and within campus spaces. Campus Safety will secure exterior doors that are part of the card access system and occupants of buildings not on the card access system will secure exterior doors and windows. Campus events will be cancelled and services will be limited to essential operations until the threat is under control. A RAVE alert will be sent to the campus community with instructions.

Campus Restricted Access

Response to a threat where exterior doors remain locked to limit access to and between buildings. This typically occurs when there is a threat to a specific area of, or in relative proximity to, campus. While normal movement is permitted within buildings, campus events may be cancelled and services may be limited until the situation is resolved. Community members with permission can use their K-cards to access campus buildings; those without permission will need to make arrangements to gain access. Buildings without card access will designate a staff member to coordinate access and ensure that exterior doors remain secure. Campus Safety and/or KEPT will closely monitor the situation and determine which events and/or services may be limited. A RAVE alert will be sent to the campus community with instructions.

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Evacuation Procedures

  1. Keep in mind that evacuation is not appropriate in all emergencies (see "Shelter in Place").
  2. If an evacuation is announced, see listed building plans for specific guidance.
  3. Remain calm and leave quickly.
  4. Take only essential personal items, such as current medications, glasses, and cell phones.
  5. As you exit, make sure all building occupants have heard the evacuation command. Quickly check restrooms, storage rooms and other separate spaces as you go.
  6. If requested, assist persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or help.
  7. Shut all doors behind you as you go. Lock residence hall rooms, if possible.
  8. Once you have evacuated a building, keep moving to a good distance, to guarantee your safety and to make room for emergency personnel.
  9. Should it be necessary to evacuate campus, directions will be given and transportation will be provided.
  10. Pay close attention to instructions from emergency personnel.

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Shelter in Place

Some emergencies will require you to remain inside. "Shelter in place" means staying put and, if possible, choosing a small room with as few windows as possible for refuge. To shelter in place:

  1. Stop classes, work or business operations.
  2. Remain inside the building and ask others to do the same (assign an individual to ensure other occupants know of the need to shelter in place).
  3. If possible, relocate to a room on the safest floor, preferably interior, with the fewest windows and vents, as far as possible from the location of the incident.
  4. Call emergency contacts to let them know who is sheltering in place, and that they are safe.
  5. Close and lock all windows, exterior doors and other openings to the outside.
  6. Do not erect barricades or obstacles in the event a fire or other incidents make it necessary to evacuate.
  7. Remain sheltered until directed otherwise by College officials.

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Active Shooter Response Instructions

How to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity

1. Run
• Have an escape route and plan in mind
• Leave your belongings behind
• Keep your hands visible

2. Hide
• Hide in an area out of the active shooter's view
• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors

3. Fight
• As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
• Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
• Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter

Call the Campus Safety emergency phone number at 740-427-5555 or Knox County Emergency Services at 911 when it is safe to do so.

How to respond when law enforcement arrives on the scene

• Remain calm, and follow officers' instructions
• Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
• Keep hands visible at all times
• Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
• Avoid pointing, screaming or yelling
• Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

Information you should provide to a law enformcement officer or 911 operator

• Location of the victims and the active shooter
• Number of shooters if more than one
• Physical description of shooter/s
• Number and type of weapons held by the shooter/s
• Number of potential victims at the location

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Hostage Situation In a Non-Active Shooter Situation

If you are taken hostage:

  1. Do not attempt to escape unless you are sure you can do so safely
  2. Remain calm and be polite and cooperative. Speak normally and do not complain
  3. Do not draw attention to yourself or make sudden movements
  4. Observe the hostage-takers and try to memorize features or clothing that might help identify them
  5. Try to establish a good relationship with the hostage-takers (to make them less likely to harm you)
  6. Try to stay low to the ground, behind cover and away from windows

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Sexual Misconduct

Sexual misconduct in any form is a serious violation of College and community standards, and it will not be tolerated at Kenyon. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, endangering the health of another person through a disease or condition that can be transmitted sexually, sexual exploitation and non-consensual sexual intercourse. Read more about Kenyon's Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy: Title IX, VAWA, Title VII and on- and off-campus resources at

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, please contact:

  • College counselors are on call 24/7. To reach a counselor, students should call Campus Safety at 740-427-5000 and request that the counselor-on-call be contacted.
  • Samantha Hughes, the civil rights/Title IX coordinator can inform you about supportive resources, options for resolving situations and accommodations. She can also help limit contact with other individuals on campus through the coordination of dining times, study times and at other times. She can be reached at 740-427-5820 or
  • Medical care is available through Health Center staff, who can be reached at 740-427-5525 during normal business hours or through Campus Safety (740-427-5000) at other times.
  • Alternate housing arrangements are possible through the Housing and Residential Life Office (740-427-5142). Outside business hours, Housing and Residential Life staff can be reached through the Campus Safety Office (740-427-5000).
  • Academic support is available through the dean of academic advising and support at 740-427-5145.

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Medical Emergencies

In a medical emergency, call 740-427-5555 or 911.

Health and Counseling Center information:
Health Services Contact Number: 740-427-5525
Counseling Services Contact Number: 740-427-5643
Location: 104 Scott Lane (near Campus Safety)

Health Services Hours Of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open through the lunch hour).

Counseling Services Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Noon - 1 p.m for lunch).

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Fire Emergencies

If you smell smoke or see flames, pull the nearest fire alarm ­immediately.

  1. Evacuate the building if:
    • An uncontrolled fire of any kind exists.
    • A fire alarm sounds.
    • There is smoke or the strong smell of something burning.
    • Surrounding materials become abnormally hot.
  2. If there is smoke, crawl.
  3. Feel doors before opening them. If the door or a metal knob is hot, do not open. If the knob is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
  4. If you get trapped, keep doors closed and place cloth material around and under door to prevent smoke from entering. Signal for help by hanging an object at the window to attract the attention of firefighters.
  5. If you catch on fire, stop, drop and roll to smother the flames.
  6. Go to the nearest exit or stairway. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat or smoke, go to another exit.
  7. Do not use elevators.
  8. Activate the building fire alarm if it is not already sounding.
  9. Do not re-enter the building until safety officers say it is safe to do so.
  10. Notify Campus Safety at 740-427-5555 from a safe distance.

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Weather Emergencies

Campus Safety monitors weather conditions and issues Rave message alerts when severe weather threatens. Severe weather updates will be issued through Rave message alerts or through a landline message at 740-427-7007.

A tornado warning is the sounding of the emergency siren for three minutes followed by seven minutes of silence. A warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted or has appeared on radar in the local area.

If the siren sounds or if severe weather approaches:

  1. If outdoors, stay away from buildings, windows, and telephone or electric poles.
  2. If outdoors, get to a low-lying area such as a ditch or ravine and lie face down with your head and face covered.
  3. Seek shelter in a basement or ground floor hallway away from windows, or in a door frame. Get under a table or a desk.
  4. Do not use elevators.
  5. If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
  6. Once inside, stay away from windows, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects such as cabinets and bookcases.
  7. Remain protected until the danger has passed-at least ten minutes after sirens have stopped.
  8. Call 740-427-5555 to report injuries or damage.

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Tornado Warning Siren

It's Friday at noon. What's that noise? It's the tornado warning siren — just a test. If you hear the tornado warning siren and it's not Friday at noon, seek shelter. All is clear when you hear two 30-second signals separated by a thirty-­second silence.

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Power Outage

Power outages are not uncommon at Kenyon. When they happen, please stay safe: be careful when you have to move about in the dark, and keep away from downed power lines, fallen trees or damaged branches that might fall. Don't go outside during high-wind conditions. Provide assistance to others who may be unfamiliar with the space or have mobility restrictions. Turn off all electrical equipment. Do not use elevators. If instructed to evacuate, please proceed cautiously to the nearest clear exit. And be prepared: have a flashlight (and extra ­batteries) ready.

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Fuel Leak

If you detect a fuel leak, evacuate immediately and then contact ­Campus Safety at 740-427-5555. Do not use electronic devices near the leak. Do not return to the area until permitted to do so. If time permits and you can do so safely, ventilate the area.

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Bomb Threat

If you receive notification of any kind indicating that there might be a bomb on campus, get as much information as possible and notify Campus Safety immediately at 740-427-5555.

If you receive a written bomb threat, ensure the document is handled as little as possible, and pass it on to safety officers as soon as possible. If the written threat is received by electronic means, save it and call Campus Safety immediately.

If you receive a bomb threat on the telephone, calmly gather as much information as possible by keeping the caller on the line; ask for details about the bomb, and try to gather information about the caller (sex, age, location). Have someone else notify Campus Safety, and notify the office yourself once the call has ended. Write down all information.

After contacting Campus Safety, await instructions. Do not pull a fire alarm or evacuate a building on your own.

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Suspicious Package

Signs of a potentially dangerous package include: excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed addresses, incorrect titles, titles without names, no return address, misspellings of common words, excessive weight, lopsided or uneven packaging, visual distractions, oily stains or other discolorations, peculiar odor, ticking sound, protruding wires or aluminum foil, excessive security material, restrictive endorsements ("personal," "confidential") or a postmark that does not match return address.

What to do once a package has been identified as suspicious:

• Do not move or handle the package.
• Evacuate the area and call Campus Safety at 740-427-5555.

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Crime Prevention and Resources

• If you witness a crime or become a victim of a crime or a sexual offense, seek aid immediately. Call the Campus Safety Emergency Line at 740-427-5555, or call from one of the 29 emergency blue light call boxes.

• If you observe a perpetrator commit a crime, do not block his or her avenue of escape. Instead, get a good description of the perpetrator, note his or her direction of travel and obtain vehicle information if pertinent.

• Do NOT follow the perpetrator. Let him or her leave the scene. If followed, the perpetrator may panic and cause you harm.

• Apply first aid procedures only if you have been trained to do so. Do NOT attempt to move severely injured victims. Do try to help victims by keeping them calm and comfortable. Prepare to report as much information as possible.

• If someone threatens to harm himself or herself, contact Campus Safety at 740-427-5555 for advice and additional support.

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Good Samaritan  Policy

In order to ensure that students receive prompt and appropriate attention for alcohol intoxication or drug impairment and that there are no impediments to seeking such assistance, the College hereby institutes a Good Samaritan policy. In those instances in which a student calls the Office of Campus Safety or another College office for assistance with an intoxicated or impaired student, neither the individual calling nor the student in need of assistance will be charged with violations of the College's policies on alcohol and other drugs.

See the Student Handbook for more information, and for information about state and local laws governing the sale, consumption and use of alcohol and other drugs.

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Persons with Disabilities

Individuals who need special assistance in an emergency (even ­temporarily) should plan in advance:

• Notify administrators in buildings you use regularly.
• Notify your community advisor.
• Identify two people to provide assistance in evacuating ­buildings and in notifying emergency personnel of your status.


• Do not hesitate to call 740-427-5555 to inform emergency ­personnel of your situation.
• If you are unable to evacuate on your own, and no assistance is available, try to get to the nearest exit stair or remain in your room.
• If you are unable to evacuate or call 740-427-5555, ask someone leaving the building to notify emergency personnel of your location.

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Personal Safety Tips

• Do not let people into a locked building, residence halls or office unless you work with them or they have been properly identified. If the person gives you any problems, call Campus Safety at 740-427-5555.

• In the event that a suspicious person is seen on campus or suspicious calls are received contact Campus Safety immediately.

• ALWAYS keep the door to your room locked when you are working alone or whenever your are going to leave your room for any amount of time.

• Don't investigate a suspicious person or noise by yourself. Contact Campus Safety immediately.

• Keep a list of emergency numbers with you.

• Never walk alone at night. Walk in an alert and confident manner and pay attention to your surroundings.

• Choose the best lit, most traveled paths when walking.

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Describing a Suspicious Person or Vehicle

If you notice a suspicious person or notice a suspicious vehicle on campus, please call Campus Safety immediately at 740-427-5555. You will be asked to give as much detailed information regarding the description of the person and/or vehicle. Remember, do not put yourself in harm's way and only get the information if it is safe to do so. Below are lists of details to make note of, if possible.

• Description of a person: Note the sex of the individual, race, age, height, weight, hair, eyes, complexion, scars, clothing (from head to toe), weapon, build (skinny, athletic, etc.), location last seen, direction of travel, unusual characteristics (glasses, beard, jewelry, tattoo's, etc.)

• Description of a vehicle: Note if is a 2-door, 4-door, van, truck, sports car, station wagon, motorcycle, other. Note the make of the vehicle, approximate year, full size, compact. What the color of the vehicle (top and bottom). Note the license plate number, state, and or license plate color.

• Also, look to see how many persons are in the vehicle (male and female).

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Essential  Disaster Supplies

Preparedness can make a big difference in your ability to cope with an emergency, and it's not hard to assemble a simple disaster-supply kit. Keep the following basic items in a place where you can find them easily should the need arise.

• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Battery-powered radio
• Drinking water
• Three-day supply of necessary medications, extra glasses, and other personal health essentials
• First-aid kit
• Emergency blanket (mylar)
• One complete change of clothing

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