Visitors to Campus

Updated March 24, 2022

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

Visitors, including family members of a student, may not enter any building on campus, except under particular conditions as outlined below. 

Visitors/Guests at Indoor Events & Programs

Academic and administrative departments may host guests and visitors in the college’s buildings. However, in order to be admitted to the venue, guests must show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted at the door (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, rapid antigen, or at-home) within the previous 48 hours. The event host must provide a staff member to check for proof of vaccination for non-Bates guests. Guests unable to provide proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted or a negative test within the previous 48 hours will not be permitted to enter the venue. 

Attendance at student social events on campus remains limited to Bates students, faculty, and staff. Vendors, third-party contractors, and other services that have been hired by Bates College to provide essential services at these events are the only exceptions to this policy.

Please note that at all indoor events, meetings, and other gatherings with outside guests or visitors, the participants are required to wear a mask.

Candidate Interviews

Guests who are on campus to interview for employment at the college must follow the on-campus interview policy

Admission Visitors

  • All visitors must read and understand our Bates Admission Visitor Agreement to register for a campus event.
  • All visitors should leave campus directly after their tour has finished so that we can prepare to welcome the next group of visitors.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make this a safe and positive experience for everyone. More information about Admission visits can be found here