Compliance with COVID-19 Testing

Dear Students,

We have completed baseline COVID-19 testing, and now all students are participating in scheduled testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week until further notice. As you are seeing at colleges around the country, and within the NESCAC, transmission of COVID-19, even among a highly vaccinated population, remains a serious concern. 

Students who miss scheduled testing will be referred to the Office of Community Standards for progressive discipline. The following is what you can expect if you miss your testing appointment:

  • First Missed Test: Warning email from the COVID-19 Testing Center
  • Second Missed Test: Referral to the Office of Community Standards and a meeting with a college judicial officer where the likely outcome is a formal warning.
  • Third Missed Test: Referral to the Office of Community Standards and a meeting with a college judicial officer where the likely outcome is probation.
  • Fourth Missed Test: Referral to the Office of Community Standards and the Student Conduct Committee where a minimum one-semester suspension will be the likely outcome. Such students may also be placed on interim suspension in order to protect the wellbeing of our community.  Please note that a suspended student may not be enrolled in any courses for the duration of the suspension.

Given the importance of full participation in our COVID-19 testing program, and the potential consequences for not participating, all communications about missing scheduled COVID-19 testing appointments will include copies to your parents or guardians on record.

Students who must leave campus and miss a scheduled COVID-19 testing appointment must email testingcenter@bates.edu at least 48 hours in advance of their travel plans. The  COVID-19 Testing Center team will then work with you to make testing arrangements following your arrival back on campus.

Thank you for your careful attention to these important public health protocols, which are designed to preserve our in-person campus experience this year.

Best,

Blake M. Reilly

Assistant Dean of Students