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Part I: Code of Student Conduct


The purpose of the Code is to express community standards of honesty, respect for persons and property, and responsible use of freedom. The Code reflects the College’s mission and identity, and it exists to guide conduct, safeguarding and promoting the College’s educational activity.

Each student is responsible for reading and reviewing the Code of Student Conduct, and for understanding the responsibilities s/he assumes by enrolling in the College.

Bates takes pride in the responsibility of its students and the social and educational atmosphere of its campus.

Bates College students are held responsible for their conduct at all times. Any student who engages in academic or social misconduct shall be subject to disciplinary action by appropriate officers of the College and/or the Student Conduct Committee.

The College, in accordance with the procedures of the Academic Standing Committee and the Student Conduct Committee, reserves the right to withdraw from any student the privilege of attending college at Bates. Neither the College, nor any of its members, shall be under any liability whatsoever for such exclusion.

The following considerations constitute the foundation of the College’s justification for establishing expectations of student conduct, codifying those expectations, and adopting equitable processes for assessing student conduct.

1. The College’s mission as a private residential educational institution establishes its identity as an independent community with a distinctive history and culture.

2. The Charter and By-Laws of the College charge the faculty with responsibility for the welfare of students and the conditions under which they are to live and learn.

3. The College’s standards of conduct and the procedures for de-termining responsibility for misconduct reflect its particular mission and history. These standards and procedures do not attempt to duplicate civil and criminal legal processes, nor do they attempt to substitute for them. As an institution structured to accomplish its stated educational mission, the College has an independent interest in upholding standards of academic and social conduct, and these expectations may differ from those found in society at large. The College is committed to fundamental fairness in its student conduct procedures.

4. By the action of matriculation and registration at Bates College, students voluntarily enter an educational and residential community with standards of academic honesty and respect for persons and property. In choosing to enroll in the College, each student becomes responsible in his/her conduct to those standards as stated in the Student Conduct Code.

The College may address student academic and social misconduct through its own processes and apply sanctions governing the terms of membership in the College. The College reserves the right to deal with misconduct, whether or not law enforcement agencies are involved and criminal charges may be pending.

It is important that students know where to turn when they have questions, and for the College to be confident that those to whom they turn understand the student conduct system. In addition to the language of the Code itself, the College makes available a variety of “live” resources: The Office of the Dean of Students, members of the faculty, the Judicial Educator, Junior Advisors and Residence Coordinators (JAs and RCs), and mediators. If a student is in trouble, has a complaint and wants to know how to proceed, or simply has a general question about disciplinary policy, JAs and RCs should know enough about the standards of conduct and judicial process at Bates to be able to provide helpful and accurate answers. For more detailed information, students may speak with the Judicial Educator, who has extensive familiarity with the student conduct process and who is prepared to explain it to students and faculty who become involved in any aspect of a disciplinary matter. The Judicial Educator is not associated with the Dean of Students Office and does not determine any element of a case, but serves as an independent, informed resource for students (see Part III, A.3., below).

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