Community Standards for Off Campus Living

Recognizing the centrality of community to the Bates experience, students living off campus are expected to engage with their off campus neighbors to support an atmosphere of respect. We expect that students living off campus will be sensitive to the fact that they are living in a community with non-students. This includes being aware of how their actions may impact those who live around them. Living with neighbors requires respect, civility, and adaptability. This includes no disruptions to those who live around them with excessive noise, parties, garbage, and parking issues. When students are found in violation of these standards, this may result in either the group or individuals being referred to the off-campus complaint and disruption policy.

Off-Campus Complaint & Disruption Policy

The college maintains a progressive disciplinary response for students residing off-campus whose actions or the actions of their guests prompt a law enforcement agent or Bates Security Officer to respond to the residence as a follow up to a complaint or after observing illegal activity. The system has three levels as listed below. Depending on the severity or egregiousness of the incident, the College reserves the right to proceed immediately to a higher level of response.

  1. Formal warning issued to residents.
  2. Second warning issued. Community restitution hours or other requirements issued to those living in the house. Copy of warning letter may be issued to students’ parents.
  3. Referral to the Student Conduct Committee where penalties of probation, suspension and expulsion are considered. Restrictions on participation in certain campus activities or revocation of a student’s permission to live off campus may also be considered.

All violations of the Off-Campus Housing Contract will be referred to the student conduct system and may be adjudicated through any of the methods identified in the Code of Student Conduct. This will typically involve the House Liaison or other house residents meeting with a member of the Student Affairs staff to discuss the incident.

For all the specific circumstances mentioned above, it is likely that all students living in the house will be found responsible for a violation of the Off-Campus Housing Contract. If a specific incident does not meet the threshold for a violation, but was nonetheless problematic in some manner, a verbal warning may be issued. Individual students involved in other potential violations of the Code of Student Conduct may be referred for additional alleged violations.

Students living in the house, but not physically present during the period of the incident (ie. away at an athletic competition or home for the weekend), may present proof to the Judicial Officer assigned to the incident. The Judicial Officer retains discretion over the manner in which all students are managed through the conduct system.

Students should be aware that those with prior student conduct history may have different or additional action taken than those with no prior conduct history.