Academic Year 2021-22 Archives


August 28, 2020 10:29 am

Aug. 28: COVID-19 testing update

The college’s COVID-19 testing program has conducted 577 employee tests and 1,168 student tests, Aug. 18–26, 2020. While presenting no COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at Bates, one student has tested positive for the virus and has moved to isolation housing to receive all necessary care from Bates Health Services.


August 27, 2020 9:29 am

Aug. 27: Timeline for Updating COVID-19 Dashboard

I write with an update about our dashboard to track key data elements associated with COVID-19. The timeline of testing,…


August 21, 2020 8:23 am

Aug. 21: It’s up to you — important reminders before coming to campus

Your decisions will have a huge impact on whether we are forced to close campus and go to remote learning or instead are able to be successful in continuing the on-campus student experience.


August 13, 2020 3:21 pm

Aug. 13: Requirement to watch campus public health videos

If you plan to return to campus for the fall, you must watch a set of Campus Public Health video modules. You may see some familiar Bates faces along the way.


August 12, 2020 11:35 am

Aug. 12: Move-in update

Moving in this year will feel like checking your luggage at the airport and saying a quick goodbye when you’re late for a flight. In other words, the process of moving in will be brief.


August 12, 2020 11:13 am

Aug. 12: Dining update

We continue to encounter operational and evolving state regulatory challenges trying to implement our re-engineered dining program, and thus have reached the conclusion to move completely to a Dash (grab-n-go) dining program.


August 12, 2020 10:43 am

Aug. 12: What to expect when you get tested for COVID-19 at Bates

“We are positioned very well to test” employees and students for COVID-19, said Nick Cooke, assistant athletic director for athletic performance and director of the Bates Testing Center. See a video for how the test is done.


August 5, 2020 1:29 pm

Aug. 5: Fall 2020 social life at Bates

One of the surest ways to force the college to close down is by hosting or attending parties or other social gatherings where public-health practices are not followed. In other words, social life must take other forms.


August 3, 2020 9:16 am

Aug. 3: What to do when you’re planning to return for the fall semester

Aug. 3: What to do when you’re planning to return for the fall semester

With arrival now on the horizon, here’s information and tips about getting ready to travel to campus, traveling to campus, and your arrival and move-in.