Speakers, Performers, and Protests
The free and open exchange of ideas is fundamental to Bates’ excellence as a liberal arts college and 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, and respectfully. All members of the Bates community are encouraged to explore ideas, to examine and discuss issues, to state their opinions, and to question but not constrain or silence the opinions of others.
A faculty working group is currently drafting an official statement of principles related to public expression on campus. Once adopted by the faculty (likely by the end of the 2017–18 academic year), it will replace the text above.