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: September 9, 2020

    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
  • Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment Policy: Prohibited Conduct and Definitions- Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Red
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    The college reserves the right to address offensive conduct that does not rise to the level of creating a hostile environment or that is not based on a protected status.  Addressing such conduct will not result in the imposition of discipline under this policy, but may include respectful conversation, education and ... 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: September 9, 2020

    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
  • Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment Policy: Prohibited Conduct and Definitions- Bullying

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Bullying Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Bullying is repeated or severe aggressive behavior likely to intimidate or intentionally hurt, control, or diminish another person, physically and/or mentally.  It can be written or oral expression, physical acts or gestures, or a combination of the two. Read More
  • Student Affairs: Protests

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Protest and Demonstration Policies
    Last updated: September 22, 2020

    Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Office of Campus Life in advance of a planned protest. Campus Life staff are committed to ensuring that students are able to express opposition to a speaker or event in a safe and responsible manner. … Alumni Walk, the Historic Quad, the Library Quad, and th... Read More
  • Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Harassment Policy: Prohibited Conduct and Definitions- Sexual Harassment

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    Sexual Harassment:  Unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to a Bates education program or activity … 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: September 9, 2020

    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
  • Student Affairs: Speakers, Performers, and Protests

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: September 9, 2020

    The free and open exchange of ideas is fundamental to Bates’ excellence as a liberal arts college and to our distinctive commitment to the “transformative power of our differences.” A Bates education teaches students to think critically, to reason from evidence, and to communicate with others clearly, convincingly, ... Read More
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.