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
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.