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
  • The College Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Processes: Actions Against Persons

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 30, 2019

    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 da... Read More
  • Office of Equity and Diversity: Bias Incidents & Hate Crimes

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 30, 2019

    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 disabilit... Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 30, 2019

    Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one or more of the following occur: … Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performan... Read More
  • The College Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Processes: Bates College Statement on Academic Integrity

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 30, 2019

    Bates College is an academic community deeply engaged in inquiry and intellectual exchange and is committed to core principles of academic freedom, academic integrity and rigorous, creative scholarship. We recognize that intellectual and artistic exchange depend on a mutual respect for independent inquiry, reflectio... Read More
  • Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 30, 2019

    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 ... Read More
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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.