Short Term

Conceived by the Faculty, Short Term is a period of focused academic study when students on campus engage in structured coursework for a five week period.  All students must complete the minimum of two and a maximum of three Short Term courses required for graduation.  The only approved reasons to remain on campus are listed below:

  1. A registered and participating member in a Short Term Course
  2. A graduating Senior who has completed and passed three Short Term Courses AND is engaged in approved campus work or community work approved by the Harward Center during the fourth Short Term.  Students in this category must work at least 20 hours weekly (this can be from one job or several), or a cumulative 80 hours with the Harward Center. Community or volunteer work must be approved in advance by the Harward Center.
  3. A paid Teaching Assistant for a Short Term Course approved and overseen by a Faculty member
  4. A paid Research Assistant approved by a Faculty member
  5. A student involved in a Student/Faculty Research Project approved by a faculty member, for 20 hours per week
  6. A student involved in a Student Teaching Project approved by a faculty member
  7. A student participating in an internship approved by the Director of the BCDC, working at least 20 hours a week.
  8. A roster participant on an intercollegiate varsity team in season. (Sport Term access on campus ends upon season’s conclusion.)

Seniors who wish to stay after the completion of their season should take a Short Term Course (if they have only completed two courses), or find approved campus work or community work approved by the Harward Center (only if they have already completed three Short Term Courses).

All categories except course and sport require signed forms.  Required application forms are available  online below.

All students who want to stay on campus who have not completed three Short Term Courses or who do not fall into another category must take a Short Term Course. Students are encouraged to submit forms as soon as possible, though no later than April 15th for Harward Center forms or no later than April’s exam week so that housing and dining arrangements may be confirmed.

The acceptable categories for staying exclude students who simply wish to remain on campus to be employed by an administrative office, to begin a thesis, or to be members of club sports teams or campus organizations. These students will need to register for one of the Short Term Units.

Administrative offices that need non-seniors as employees will need to structure the work hours to allow the student’s enrollment in a Short Term Unit.

Any student who needs clarification on whether they are permitted to stay for Short Term in regard to courses, housing, or meals should check with the Registrar or the Residence Life Office.

If students need to stay on campus for a reason other than those listed above, a petition must be submitted with Student Affairs. Petitions must be submitted to housing@bates.edu no later than Friday, April 15th for consideration.

Students not staying for Short Term are expected to conclude their stay in the houses and residence halls at the end of Winter Semester. Please consult Dates for Building and Room Access and Dining Services for specifics.

Short Term Stay Exception Forms (Due by Friday, April 15th)