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Individual intrudes on McBride shower

By Sarah Lehr

Administrators are in the process of investigating an event that occurred last Saturday night in a McBride Residence Hall bathroom, when an as-yet unidentified male “briefly opened and closed the shower curtain” while a female resident was showering, according to an email sent by Dean of Students Hank Toutain last Monday to the employee-info and student-info distribution lists.

Immediately following the incident, the female student reported the intruder to her Community Advisor . The CA, in keeping with protocol, then contacted the Housing and Residential Life Director on Duty and Campus Safety, which led to a report being filed.

First-Year Dean and Assistant Dean of Students for Housing and Residential Life Alicia Dugas declined to offer specifics about the case, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation and of violating the privacy of the student who was showering. It remains unclear whether the College has any information about the apparent age of the intruder or whether or not the individual is a Kenyon student. Aside from the intruder’s gender ラ a male ラ Toutain’s email offered only one descriptor ラ “tall.”

“This is an incident which is obviously inappropriate and very upsetting to individuals as well as the community,” Toutain said in an interview with the Collegian. He did acknowledge, however, that the intruder could have made an “honest mistake,” perhaps by walking into the wrong bathroom out of confusion.

Close to 40 McBride residents met with Dugas and Assistant Director for Mather and McBride Residence Halls Scott Gill-Jacobson on Monday evening to address any concerns.

“After the meeting, several students stayed behind to talk about possible improvements that could be made to the shower areas in McBride,” Dugas wrote in an email to the Collegian.

Dugas and Toutain urged students who notice any suspicious activity to let officials know. “The important thing is for people, especially bystanders, to report what’s going on,” Toutain said.

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