Visitors to Campus

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced Bates to make major changes to its visitor policies while being sustaining our goal of being open to our neighbors.

Visitors who are parents, family members, or guardians of Bates students are discouraged from coming to campus. Parents, family members, and guardians will not have access to any campus buildings. Parents, family members, and guardians who elect to come to campus will need to meet with their student outdoors and follow face covering and physical distancing policies.

Recreational visitors: During the pandemic, recognizing the value to local citizens and in keeping with our partnership with Lewiston and Auburn, Bates continues to permit local visitors to use non-specialized outdoor spaces, including paths, for recreation and respite. Bates requires face coverings and physical distancing at all times.

Admission visitors: Following public health guidance, Bates will not welcome admission guests to visit our campus while the college is in session this fall. However, we invite all visitors to explore Bates through our wide array of live virtual offerings, recorded digital content, and by connecting directly with your admission representative.

Other visitors: The college recognizes that certain vendors and contractors need access to the campus to maintain the operations of the college. Facility Services works closely with contractors to be in areas that minimize concentrations of Bates employees and to follow appropriate policies to minimize exposure and transmission in their work.

Building access: Campus buildings will remain on keycard access. Students, faculty, and staff will have access to academic buildings and certain administrative buildings during normal business hours.