Sexual Respect and Title IX at Bates

Bates prohibits all forms of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and gender-based violence on our campus.

Bates is committed to providing a community built on trust and mutual respect, where all can feel secure and free from harassment. Our Community Principles state that “our actions must support our ability to work, study, live and learn together productively and safely.” Sexual misconduct violates a person’s rights, dignity and integrity and is contrary to our community principles and the mission of the college. Sexual misconduct, including sexual violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking, violates federal and state civil rights laws and may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to action taken by the college. The college is committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting of sexual misconduct and timely and fair resolution of sexual misconduct cases. Creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment is the responsibility of everyone at Bates.

We encourage all members of our campus community to seek support for and report all incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct directly to the Title IX Officer, the Deputy Title IX Coordinators or Bates Security.  These individuals will assist in eliminating the misconduct, preventing its recurrence, and addressing its effects.

Know how to take immediate action, such as reporting the incident and getting support, and what to consider when making your decision. Regardless of where it is reported, all complaints will be reviewed by the Title IX Officer. If you need immediate confidential counseling or support, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services (SAPARS) provides confidential sexual assault crisis counseling, 24 hours a day, at (877)-527-8644. Safe Voices provides confidential counseling on intimate partner violence, 24 hours a day, at (800) 559-2927. The Bates Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) at (207) 753-6996 is also available for confidential support.

If you or someone you know may be the victim or survivor of any form of Sexual Misconduct, you are strongly urged to seek immediate assistance from the appropriate community resource. Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week from:

Police (City of Lewiston): 911 or 207-784-6421
Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services (SAPARS) 24-hour Helpline: 877-527-8644
Safe Voices 24-hour Helpline: 800-559-2927
Central Maine Medical Center: 207-795-2200 (Emergency Room)