Bates may impose disciplinary sanctions on students and empoyees who are in violation of the College’s prohibition of the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on College property or as part of any of the College’s activities.
Employee violations of these policies will be reported to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, in the of members of the Faculty, or to Vice President for Financial Affairs, for all other employees, for review and action. Employees are subject to appropriate sanctions which may include referral to standing procedures for termination of employment.
Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol may involve the following sanctions, according to the severity of the infraction and the kind of involvement of the employee. Employees involved may be required to undergo professional assessment by a substance abuse professional designated by the College to determine whether they are involved in substance abuse or addiction. In the case of dependency, the College may treat the case as a disability.
Sanctions may include but are not limited to:
- verbal warning,
- written warning with a copy to the employee’s personnel file,
- recommendation that an employee consult a counselor or begin a counseling program,
- mandatory referral to a counseling program, and requirement that an employee successfully complete such a program as a condition of continued employment, and/or
- activation of termination procedures.
The College reserves the right to involve law enforcement authorities and/or undertake legal proceedings against an employee.
Student violations of these policies governing drugs and alcohol are subject to disciplinary action, which may include referral to counseling, revocation of privelege of using College facilities for such events if student groups or organizations are involved and/or referral of individuals to the Committee on Student Conduct.
Sanctions which may be imposed by the Committee include but are not limited to:
- verbal warning,
- letter of censure,
- exclusion from various College social and/or ceremonial activities,
- disciplinary probation,
- mandatory referral to a counseling program,
- suspension for a designated period of time,
- suspension with readmission contingent on proof of counseling or successful completion of a rehabilitation program, and/or
- dismissal from the College.
The College reserves the right to involve law enforcement authorities and/or undertake legal proceedings against a student.
The College will utilize its counseling resources to help students involved with drugs. The College, however, bears the major responsibility for the welfare of the student body. Therefore, possession, distribution, or the use of illegal drugs and naarcotics, renders a student liable to disciplinary action, including confiscation of materials and dismissal.