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Disciplinary Actions

The normal actions taken on student misconduct are as follows:

1. Censure.

Penalties involving censure are available to the Dean at a Dean’s Review, as well as to the Student Conduct Committee. The term “censure” applies to a variety of actions resulting in letters to a student’s file and/or loss of privileges and may include any one or any combination of the following actions:

a. Loss of the privilege of participating in any public function (e.g., literary, dramatic, forensic, radio, television, musical, or athletic) wherein the participant will be thought of as a representative of Bates College;

b. Loss of housing or dining privileges on campus;

c. Loss of privilege of participating in social or ceremonial events on campus;

d. Loss of the privilege of maintaining a motor vehicle on campus;

e. A requirement that a student resign membership in any or all of-fices, elected or appointed, held in campus organizations;

f. A letter from either the Dean or the Co-Chairs of the Student Conduct Committee with a copy to the parents or guardians;

g. Any other restriction (except probation, suspension, or dismissal) that seems appropriate to the offense.

2. Required Action.

Penalties that require a particular action of a student are available to the Dean at a Dean’s Review, as well as to the Student Conduct Committee. This may include requests to at-tend various forms of counseling or educational sessions. A student may be told by the Committee or the Dean to engage in some form of community service (this service may take place either on or off the Bates campus, or both). The Committee or Dean may either specify the terms of such counseling, education or service, or may designate another individual or body to determine appropriate terms.

3. Disciplinary Probation.

The term “disciplinary probation” means that a penalty of suspension or dismissal is held in abeyance and will take effect only after the Committee finds that the student has committed a further offense. If a student already on disciplinary probation comes before the Committee for a second case of misconduct and is found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct again, the first penalty held in abeyance now goes into effect. The Committee also may take additional action on the second offense. Disciplinary probation is not recorded on the student’s permanent record, but will remain in the student’s confidential file until graduation.

4. Suspension.

The Committee may suspend a student for a speci-fied period of time, or indefinitely. The Committee also may im-pose conditions to a student’s readmission to the College. A stu-dent who is suspended must leave the campus and may not return until the suspension is revoked. Unless otherwise specified, the suspension goes into effect immediately (within two class days) and the student is dropped from all courses. In some cases, the Committee may decide to defer the suspension until the end of the semester. Any student who is suspended must return his or her Col-lege I.D. to the Dean of Students Office. Suspension will be noted on the student’s official transcript, but only during the time that it is in effect.

5. Dismissal.

The Committee may dismiss (i.e., expel) a student. This severs with finality a student’s connection with the College. Dismissal will be noted on the student’s permanent record and on the student’s official transcript.

In determining appropriate penalties, the Student Conduct Com-mittee may well decide that some combination of these penalties should be imposed. The Committee’s penalty decisions should specify any special conditions. Unless otherwise provided for by the Committee, all penalties go into effect two class days after the hearing.

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