Bates College

Location: Lewiston, Maine
Type: Private
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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

Campus Climate

Overall Ranking

out of 154 colleges surveyed Read more

FIRE surveyed roughly 37,000 students at 154 colleges and universities about the climate for free speech at their institutions. In 2021, FIRE released rankings of those schools, based on a number of factors, including openness, tolerance, self-expression, administrative support for free speech, and campus policies, scoring overall speech climate on a scale from 0-100. See the full report on FIRE’s 2021 College Free Speech Rankings for more information.



Overall Ranking 149/154
Ideological Diversity 145/159

Overall / out of a top score of 100

Overall Score 53.06
Openness 10.08
Tolerance (Liberals) 11.39
Tolerance (Conservatives) 7
Administrative Support 5.55
Comfort 15.32
Disruptive Conduct 9.72
Speech Climate
Supported Scholars
Sanctioned Scholars
Successful Disinvitations
Speech Code RED
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • 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.