Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in April 2016, when a Kenyon College graduate published an open letter asserting that the administration had mishandled his younger sister's report that she had been raped. The college said it reported the allegation to local law-enforcement officials, but an investigation did not result in criminal charges.
Days after the letter was published, the college said that it would commission an independent audit of its Title IX policies and procedures.
The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to strengthen its policies and prevention programs. It developed a new Title IX policy during the 2014-15 academic year, and later announced an audit to take stock of the policy and the college's procedures.