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Damage

Traditionally, Bates has taken pride in the responsibility of its students and the social and educational atmosphere of its campus. We do hold our students responsible for their conduct at all times. Damage is defined as damage that exceeds a physical condition that would be expected from normal wear and tear. Each instance of damage is recorded, a work order and bill are created, and then the repairs are scheduled and performed. A full description of damage costs can be found here.

Students are responsible for any damage caused to their own rooms. Damage to common areas is assumed by the person or group deemed responsible. When it is impossible to identify the responsible party, charges for repairs are billed to all building residents. Charges will appear on semester bills. Failure to pay dorm damage charges may lead to transcripts being withheld and/or disciplinary action. Willful destruction of property will result in disciplinary action. If you have a question regarding your student’s dorm
damage charges, please contact: David Larrabee in Facility Services

If the College is able to determine which individual or individuals caused the damage, the penalties will be as follows:

1st Incident

  • Letter sent to student.
  • Student charged for the cost of the damage.
  • If the responsible student does not report the damage they caused within 72 hours, they will be required to perform 12 hours of community restitution.

2nd Incident

  • Letter sent home to parents.
  • Student charged for the cost of the damage.
  • Mandatory community restitution hours.
  • If they responsible student does not report the damage they caused with 72 hours, they will be automatically referred to the Student Conduct Committee. Otherwise, the referral to the Student Conduct Committee will be at the discretion of the Office of the Dean of Students.

3rd Incident

  • Referral to the Student Conduct Committee for review.
  • Possible removal from on-campus housing.

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