Bates College

Location: Lewiston, Maine
Type: Private
Federal Circuit: 1st Circuit

Speech Code Rating

Bates College has been given the speech code rating Red. A red light university has at least one policy that both clearly and substantially restricts freedom of speech. Read more here.

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Red Light Policies

  • Code of Student Conduct: Actions Against Persons 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2014

    Harassment, intimidation, or bullying:
    This includes acts of intimidation, stalking, confrontation, verbal slurs, insults or taunts, physical force or threat of physical force made with the intention of causing fear, intimidation, ridicule, humiliation, disparagement, disruption to the educational environment, or damage to property. Such acts may be committed in person, by proxy, via telephone or cell phone, via text message, or any electronic means including social networking websites.

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  • Diversity and Inclusion: What is a Hate Crime? A Bias Incident? 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: June 6, 2014

    A bias incident is any event of intolerance or prejudice, not involving violence or other criminal conduct, intended to threaten, offend or intimidate another because of the other’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or physical or mental disability.

    Examples of bias incidents include hate speech, gay bashing, racist epithets, religious slurs, sexist jokes or cartoons, hate mail, offensive graffiti, or disparaging remarks on social media sites. Such incidents create a socially divisive atmosphere for members of the community targeted and negatively affect the campus climate.

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Yellow Light Policies
  • Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2014

    Sexual harassment is defined by law as unwelcome advances of a sexual nature, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical, or other form of expressive communication of a sexual nature, as well as conduct of a non- sexual nature based upon an employee’s gender that is intimidating, hostile or offensive, when submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or academic decisions, or such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or sexually offensive work or academic environment. Examples of behavior that may be considered sexual harassment include, but are not limited to, the following:

    1. Sexual Assault
    2. Explicitly or implicitly requiring submission to sexual advances as a condition or term of education or employment, i.e., grades, employment, promotion, letters of recommendations or other privileges
    3. Repetitive sexual comments, questions, jokes, gestures or other forms of sexual explicit expression
    4. Unwelcome sexual advances
    5. Suggestive or lewd remarks
    6. Unwanted hugs, touches, or kisses
    7. Requests for sexual favors
    8. Retaliation for complaining about sexual harassment

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Green Light Policies
  • Faculty Handbook 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: June 6, 2014

    Bates values the diversity of persons, perspectives, and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and open discussion of a full range of ideas lie at the heart of the College’s mission as an institution of higher learning. The College seeks to encourage inquiry and reasoned dialogue in a climate of mutual respect.

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  • Sexual Misconduct Policies and Procedures 13-14

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: June 6, 2014

    “Sexual Harassment” means conduct, including physical contact, advances and comments in person, by proxy, via telephone or cell phone, text message, email or any other electronic means including social networking websites that (1) was unwelcome to the recipient; (2) is based on sex or gender stereotypes; and (3) is so severe or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with a person’s academic performance or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from College programs or activities. Sexual Harassment may include, depending upon the facts, persistent and unwelcome efforts to develop a romantic or sexual relationship; persistent and unwelcome commentary about an individual’s body or sexual activities; threatening to engage in the commission of a sexual act with another person; Stalking or cyberstalking; and engaging in indecent exposure.

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  • Speech Code of the Month: Bates College

    June 9, 2014

    FIRE announces its Speech Code of the Month for June 2014: Bates College in Maine. Bates’ prohibition of “bias incidents” includes “hate speech” as well as “disparaging remarks” on social media sites. This broadly worded policy seriously threatens campus discourse on important topics such as race, religion, and gender by subjecting core political expression to investigation and possible punishment simply because it offends another person.

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