Resources and Support Services
The following resources are available to support any survivor regardless of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Resources marked with an * are designated confidential
Contact: 207.786.6199, 31 Campus Ave
Email the Health Center
To access on-campus counseling or healthcare services for sexual assault, students may call or come to the Health Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on Saturdays and Sundays when it is closed from 7 am to 3 pm, for confidential medical assistance and counseling.
The use of Medical Services is completely confidently and free to students. 24 Hour RN Consultation, MD and NP Appointments, Women’s Health Services, Men’s Health Services, Inpatient Facilities, Referral To Community Resources, Allergy Injections, Travel Medicine, JYA Physicals, Flu Vaccines, and Smoking Cessation.
Sexual Assault Victim’s Aide (SAVA)
Contact: 207.786.6996, 31 Campus Ave
Email Molly Nelson at email@example.com
Students may meet with the Bates (SAVA), Molly Nelson, during her available drop-in hours. Molly works with the Dean of Students office to provide educational programs on-campus.
Drop-in availability at the Health Center:
Contact: Urgent 207.786.6111, General 207.786.6254
245 College Street
Bates Security aims to provide a safe and secure campus environment for all community members. Security will respond immediately if a student feels at risk or in danger. Security can also notify the dean-on-call 24 hours a day.
Bates Security will document the case and pursue a course of action chosen by the victim-survivor.
Note: Contacting Security does not require survivors to make a report with the police, however, Security officers encourage such reports. Security will work with other college offices, including the Health Center, the Dean of Students, and the Title IX Coordinator, to ensure survivors receive the support they need on-campus.
Remember: Do use the SafeWalk program. With just a phone call, two Bates students will keep you safe on your walk home! Security offers free whistles as part of its Whistle Alert program. Pick one up at the Security office and put it on your keychain. Call if you see anything suspicious.
Equity & Diversity Resources
Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion
Contact: 207.786.6445, Lane Hall 201
Bates College designates the Special Assistant to the President, Heather Lindkvist, to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended (“Title IX”). The law prohibits all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment, in federally funded education programs.
As the Title IX Coordinator, the Special Assistant provides oversight for sexual misconduct cases and deals with anonymous complaints, third party complaints, and reports by persons who do not want the institution to do anything.
When an alleged sexual misconduct is reported, the Dean of Students and the college’s Title IX Coordinator meet with the complainant to review the different procedures for sexual misconduct cases, to identify forms of support available, and to detail immediate interventions and options available.
The college’s Title IX Coordinator also handles complaints involving faculty or staff. If you or someone you know may be the victim of Sexual Misconduct by a member of the college’s faculty or staff, you may report such misconduct or file a complaint with the Special Assistant.
The online Anonymous Reporting Form sends an email notification to Security and to the Special Assistant regarding an alleged sexual assault.
Contact: 207.786.6219, Lane Hall 102
The Office of the Dean of Students is responsible for the welfare of the student body and for a wide range of services. Among other responsibilities, this office administers the faculty advisory system for entering students, health services, security, housing, residential and extracurricular matters and new-student orientation. The deans are your first stop for questions about virtually any facet of the Bates experience.
The Dean of Students, Tedd Goundie, works with the Title IX Coordinator to ensure all alleged cases of sexual misconduct are attended to promptly. Dean Goundie also coordinates protective actions for complainants, which can include no-contact orders and housing and academic accommodations. Dean Carl Steidel, Director of Judicial Affairs, provides guidance regarding Bates Student Conduct Code policies and procedures.
Contact: 207.786.6104, 161-163 Wood Street
Monday–Friday 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
As the college’s Multifaith Chaplain, the Rev. William Blaine-Wallace* can provide confidential pastoral counseling and support to all members of the Bates community. Emily Wright-Magoon, the Associate Multifaith Chaplain, is available for pastoral support.
Contact: 207.786.8303, 63 Campus Ave
OIE engages, educates, and connects all members of the community in the essential work of bridging cultural differences in order to enrich the Bates experience. The OIE staff is able to connect survivors with appropriate resources on- and off-campus.
Contact: 207.786.6215, Lane Hall 110
The goal of the Residence Life program at Bates is to foster residential communities, characterized by trust and mutual concern, that support our students’ personal growth through critical thinking, social and intellectual engagement beyond the classroom. Junior Advisors (JAs), Residence Coordinators (RCs), and Residence Coordinator Team Leaders (RCTLs) serve as guides, resources and role models for students living in the residence halls. The Residence Life Staff plays a supportive role by assisting students with reporting incidents of sexual misconduct and connecting survivors to on-campus resources.
Each JA works with a first-year center (six to 15 first-year students residing in the same floor or section of a student residence). During the first semester, JAs coordinate programs for their center to educate their residents on the issue of sexual assault and the resources available on campus for members of the Bates community.
Local Law Enforcement and Hospitals
Contact: 911 for emergencies; 207.784.6421 for non-emergencies
The Lewiston Police Department can initiate an investigation and pursue the case through the criminal justice system.
A police officer can meet with the victim-survivor on campus. The police officer will likely recommend that the victim go to a local hospital for medical treatment and the collection of evidence.
Contact: 207.784.7331 for an immediate response. For an emergency while in Auburn, dial 911.
The Auburn Police Department can initiate an investigation of an alleged sexual assault that occurs in Auburn.
Contact: 207.795.2200 (Emergency Room)
300 Main Street, Lewiston, ME 04240
The Lewiston Police Department works closely with CMMC on sexual assault cases. CMMC provides a number of resources to survivors, including emergency medical care and collection of a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kit.
Contact: 207.777.8120 (Emergency Room)
93 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240
St. Mary’s Hospital also provides emergency medical care and can collect a Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kit.
Local and National Hotlines
24-hour Helpline: 1-800-871-7741
Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services provides a confidential helpline, available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The helpline is staffed by trained and caring volunteers who provide support and information to victim-survivors, family members, partners, and community members. SAPARS trained advocates can:
- Be with you at the hospital.
- Help you to decide if you want to report the sexual assault/abuse to the police.
- Go with you to the police station if you decide to report.
- Refer you to helping professionals in the community.
- LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN – any time of the day or night.
Through the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) program, SAPARS pairs trained advocates with survivors to assist them when their cases are heard through the criminal justice system. SAPARS also offers support groups for survivors.
24-hour Helpline: 1-800-559-2927
Safe Voices is a domestic violence resource center based in Lewiston, Maine. Trained staff and volunteers provide 24 hour support and advocacy to women, children and men affected by dating abuse and domestic violence. All services — which include legal advocacy, support groups and shelter — are free and confidential. Anyone contacting our 24-hour Helpline may remain anonymous.
The Statewide Toll-Free Crisis number for Maine is: 1-888-568-1112
Local number is: 207-783-4680
Both of these numbers (when dialed from Androscoggin County) will ring into the Tri-County Mental Health Services Crisis Center in Lewiston.
Crisis staff are able to meet confidentially with students at the Bates Health Center, in their homes/dorms, or at our Lewiston Office. Bates College Security has an agreement with TCMHS to respond to crisis calls on campus as needed.