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Dangerous or Disorderly Conduct

Conduct dangerous to self or others, or conduct that creates a dis-turbance or disrupts the ability of the College to carry on its essential functions may constitute “dangerous or disorderly conduct.” In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, the College’s standards of conduct prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees, on the College’s property or as part of any of its activities.

Examples of dangerous or disorderly conduct include:

• Illegally possessing, using, or distributing any scheduled drugs
Possession, distribution, or the use of illegal drugs and narcotics, including amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and LSD, renders a student liable to disciplinary action, including confiscation of materials, disciplinary action up to and including dismissal, and/or referral to local police authorities.

• Violating the College’s alcohol policy
Bates College observes all laws governing the use of alcoholic beverages within the State of Maine and does not condone violation of these laws by any student at any time. Students are held personally responsible for complying with all aspects of Maine laws and Bates alcohol policy. The prohibitions of the Bates Student Conduct Code and Maine law include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. The sale of alcoholic beverages by any person who does not have a license to sell such beverages in full force and effect at the time of the sale;

2. The sale of alcoholic beverages by any person to a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

3. Consumption or purchase of alcoholic beverages by any person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

4. The furnishing of, procurement of or delivery of alcoholic beverages to a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

5. The furnishing of, procurement of, or delivery of alcoholic beverages to a person who is intoxicated;

6. The presentation of any written or oral evidence of age which is false, fraudulent, or not a person’s own for the purpose of ordering, purchasing, or attempting to purchase or otherwise procuring or attempting to procure intoxicating liquor by a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

7. Transportation by automobile within the state of Maine of alcoholic beverages by any person who has not attained the age of 21 years.

8. Possession or consumption of hard alcohol or any beverage containing hard alcohol by any student on the premises of the College, at any College-sponsored event, or while the student is engaged in a College-related activity.

Violations of Maine law at reserved (“blue-slipped”) College facilities or at scheduled events occur at the risk of the individuals involved and are not the responsibility of the College. A brochure, Drugs and Alcohol, Your Accountability and Responsibility at Bates, is distributed to each student. It describes specific routines to use when “blue-slipping,” as well as reminding students of policies and guidelines for responsible behavior.

Violators of these policies may be subject to disciplinary action, including the revocation of the privilege of using College facilities for such events and/or referral to the Deans of Students or Student Conduct Committee. The College reserves the right to involve law enforcement authorities and/or undertake legal proceedings against a student for the violation of this policy.

The College will also utilize its counseling resources to help students involved with drugs and alcohol.

• Possessing a weapon on campus
Weapons prohibited on campus include but are not limited to firearms, ammunition, BB or pellet guns, and slingshots. These items are forbidden except by permission of the Bates College Security Office, which will register and store them.

• Conduct which may result in fire or explosion
Possessing or producing explosives and setting fires are prohibited. Any action that might cause a fire in a College building will be considered a serious offense and may be met with disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal by the Student Conduct Committee. Firecrackers, flares, and explosives are prohibited on campus. Misuse of fire extinguishers will incur a fine plus the cost of replacement and may lead to disciplinary action. Setting off a false fire alarm incurs a fine that increases for repeated incidents.

• Disorderly conduct
Conduct which infringes on the freedom and activities of others, or conduct which is disruptive, harassing, or a nuisance may constitute disorderly conduct.

• Failing to leave a College building after a fire alarm has sounded or other notice of fire has been given, whether or not a drill.

• Urination or defecation in any location not designated for that purpose.

• Conduct which disrupts normal operations of the College and/or impedes access to College facilities

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