Visitors to Campus

Updated December 29, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the most recent emergence of the omicron variant, has forced Bates to make significant changes to its visitor policies while 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.

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. 

Vendors and Contractors: The college acknowledges that certain vendors and contractors need access to the campus to maintain the operations of the college. Facility Services works closely with contractors to minimize concentrations of Bates employees in work areas. The Office of Campus Life, Dining, Conferences, Catering and Events, and other Bates departments work with third party vendors that have been vetted and approved by the college to provide essential services for programs and events on campus. In all instances, the college host works with contractors and vendors to ensure compliance with appropriate policies to minimize COVID-19 exposure and transmission.

Bates Admission Visitor Agreement

The college is taking multiple preventative measures in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal health authorities to promote a healthy and safe campus community in the face of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

As a Bates College Admission visitor, you must abide by the following requirements:

Prior to arrival

Do not come to campus if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. You will not be permitted to participate in any campus visit activities.

Under no circumstances may you come to campus if you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 during the previous 10 days.

While on campus
  • You must register at the Office of Admission upon arrival.
  • To join a student-led campus tour, you must provide proof of full vaccination for all visitors, OR for those who are ineligible or medically exempt, a negative COVID-19 test from within 48 hours. We will accept a physical copy or photo image of vaccinations or COVID-19 tests. Individuals who cannot provide these materials are welcome to conduct a masked self-guided campus tour outside. In this case, you will not be permitted to enter any buildings.
  • All visitors must wear a surgical, non-cloth face mask at all times, except in private spaces. If your mask(s) do not meet these requirements, masks will be provided. For more information on Bates College’s masking policy, please see our updated COVID-19 policies.
  • You must maintain a six-foot distance from all individuals other than those in your immediate family party with whom you are visiting.
  • Only two additional visitors from the same household are permitted in addition to the student registrant.
  • We ask that all visitors leave campus directly after their tour has finished so that we can prepare to welcome the next group of visitors.
After your visit
  • You must inform the Office of Admission if you or a member of your party tests positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of your visit to campus. This is a public health measure and will not influence the admission process.
  • While we conduct tours in small groups, you will be notified by email if an individual who visited campus during your tour hour tests positive for COVID-19.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to make this a safe and positive experience for everyone. You can learn more about Admission visits on the Admission website.