Bates College

Location: Lewiston, Maine
Website: http://www.bates.edu
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.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.

Red Light Policies

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

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 10, 2016

    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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  • Office of Equity and Diversity: The Bates Community Response Team

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: August 10, 2016

    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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Green Light Policies
  • Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 10, 2016

    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 and Harassment Policy

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: August 10, 2016

    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 performance or equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from college employment, programs or activities. That is, the conduct is sufficiently serious, pervasive or persistent as to create an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, demeaning, or sexually offensive working, academic, residential, or social environment under both a subjective and objective standard.

    Examples of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment as defined above may include a severe, persistent or pervasive pattern of unwelcome conduct that includes one or more of the following: …

    Verbal conduct: – Making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or humor – Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual, suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations – Objectively offensive comments of a sexual nature, including persistent or pervasive sexually explicit statements, questions, jokes, or anecdotes

    Visual or non-verbal conduct: – Leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters in a public space or forum – Severe, persistent, or pervasive visual displays of suggestive, erotic, or degrading sexually oriented images that are not pedagogically appropriate

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  • The College Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Processes: Bates College Statement on Academic Integrity

    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: August 10, 2016

    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 [sic]. We recognize that intellectual and artistic exchange depend on a mutual respect for independent inquiry, reflection and expression.

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At present, FIRE does not maintain information on this school's policies.
  • 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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