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Social Misconduct


Bates College students are held responsible for their conduct at all times. Any student who becomes disorderly, is involved in any disturbance, interferes with the rights of others, damages property, or is individually or as a member of a group involved in unacceptable social behavior on or off campus shall be subject to disciplinary action by the Student Conduct Committee.

For purposes of handling disciplinary matters, a “student” is de-fined as someone who has matriculated and has not formally severed recognized-student status with the College. A student retains this status throughout his/her career at Bates, including academic terms, scheduled vacations, summer months, periods of leave, or off-campus study.

Disciplinary charges may not be brought against someone who has formally severed recognized-student status with the College or who has graduated from the College except when such an individual may once again be a recognized student. The College reserves the right to at any time bar any non-current member of the Bates community from being on campus or participating in College-sponsored activities. In situations where it may not be possible to resolve a case prior to a student’s graduation, the President (or his/her designee) may cause the student’s degree to be withheld until the case is fully resolved.

The College reserves the right to investigate and discipline alleged misconduct even when it occurs off campus. The College usually will apply the Code in instances where the off-campus misconduct:

1. occurs in connection with a College-sponsored event or when students are acting as representatives of the College, or

2. directly affects another member of the Bates community, or

3. suggests a potential danger or threat to others.

General Categories of Social Misconduct

Cases of social misconduct usually fall into one of several general categories. While not exhaustive, the following categories illustrate the expectations of the College and provide examples of misconduct subject to College discipline. Many of these categories, and the accompanying examples, have a counterpart in the State of Maine Criminal Code. The stipulated definitions of state and local criminal codes and the processes of the criminal judicial system are not part of the Bates Code of Student Conduct. Addressing a vio-lation of the College’s Code of Conduct does not exempt the individual from prosecution by proper authorities under criminal or civil code.

1. Actions against persons

2. Actions against property

3. Dangerous or disorderly conduct

4. Actions against the institution

5. Obstruction of the College’s judicial or disciplinary procedures

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