Environmental and Safety Policies

Safety is a priority, and any tampering with life safety equipment is a serious violation of Bates policy. In order to ensure that local, state and federal fire safety rules as well as Bates policies are being followed, the Bates Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department, along with the local Fire Department as well as private contractors periodically inspect student rooms.

 

During these inspections, any items (see list below) that violate Bates policy that are found in plain sight will be addressed as described, by the EHS Department and the responsible student will be fined and referred for follow up via Student Affairs.

Item found EHS Action Reported to Comments
Candle Fine, confiscate, hold Student, ORLHE
Unapproved appliances:

  • Microwave
  • Full size refrigerator
  • Hot plate
  • Toaster oven
  • Electric Heater
  • George Foreman grill
  • Deep fat fryer
  • Crock pot/slow cooker
  • Electrical frying pan
Fine, confiscate, hold Student, ORLHE
Charcoal Confiscate, hold Student, ORLHE
Gasoline Fine, confiscate Student, ORLHE
Lighter fluid Fine, confiscate Student, ORLHE
Lamp and camp stove fuel Fine, confiscate Student, ORLHE
Halogen lamps Confiscate, hold Student, ORLHE
Hoverboard Confiscate, hold Security, ORLHE New Winter 2016
Illegal Drugs Contact Security to confiscate Security, SA, ORLHE New Fall 2016
Hard Alcohol Confiscate, discard Security, SA, ORLHE New Fall 2016

ORLHE = Office of Residence Life and Health Education
SA = Student Affairs

 

College Security will contact Lewiston Police if drugs or drug paraphernalia are in plain view; students in violation will be subject to disciplinary action.

During these room inspections, special attention will be paid to unsafe conditions. Each item is described below, with the associated actions that will be taken.

Unsafe Condition Found EHS Action * Reported to Comments
Smoke detector compromised Remove items, fine Student, ORLHE, SA
Fire alarm compromised Remove items, fine Student, ORLHE, SA
Sprinkler head compromised Fine Student, ORLHE, SA
Evidence of smoking indoors Warning, fine, confiscation, hold** Student, ORLHE, SA
Tapestry on ceiling Fine Student, ORLHE, SA
Lack of egress: blocked door Warning Student, ORLHE
Lack of egress: constricted walkway Warning Student, ORLHE
Lack of egress: excessive clutter Warning, fine, confiscation*** Student, ORLHE Third violation will result in confiscation of items.

New Fall 2016

Modified electrical wiring, or wires pinched Confiscation Student, ORLHE
Improper extension cords, or wires under carpet/walkways Warning Student, ORLHE
Outlet extenders/adapters, or power strips in series Warning, confiscation, hold Student, ORLHE
Bicycles stored indoors or on porches Warning, confiscation, hold, fine Student, Security
Bicycles locked to unauthorized Bates property Warning, confiscation, hold, fine Student, Security
Unapproved bed lofts Warning Student

*   Initial action. Subsequent violations may be subject to increasing consequences including fines and disciplinary action per Bates Student Conduct Policy
**  see detail below under “smoking” section
***   see detail below under “healthy living conditions” section