Bias Incident Report 5-16-12

Dear Members of the Bates Community,

On Friday, May 11, the Department of Security and Campus Safety received the following information through the anonymous reporting system:  At approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, two students were walking hand in hand on the footpath behind Frye House. The woman was dressed as a man, giving the couple the appearance of two men holding hands.  Individuals began shouting from a second story bathroom window in Frye House, including shouts of “penis” and “vagina.”  The individuals at the second floor window also threw objects in the direction of the walkers, including a roll of toilet paper, a beer bottle, and an aerosol spray container.

The Bates community prides itself on an ethos of shared concern and mutual respect. We are deeply disturbed to learn that our students might engage in such dangerous and violent behavior, likely motivated by bias. We are investigating the incident. Following protocol the incident has been reported to Lewiston Police Department as a possible hate crime.

If anyone has further information about this incident, please contact the Department of Security and Campus Safety by calling 786-6254, or through their anonymous reporting website at http://www.bates.edu/security/incident-reporting-form/.  In addition, anyone may contact any of the Deans of Students or the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion with information.

Please join us in denouncing this incident and all hateful acts.  Supporting all members of our community is a fundamental value we share, and we must all work diligently to foster a climate of respect and dignity for all.

Finally, we remind everyone that if you witness or come upon a possible bias incident, please report it to Security immediately at the telephone number or website provided above.  Security will document the incident, notify the Bates Community Response Team* (including the Special Assistant to the President and the Office of the Dean of Students), and investigate the incident, involving the Lewiston Police department when appropriate.

Tedd Goundie                                                                        Heather Lindkvist

Dean of Students                                                            Special Assistant to the President for

Diversity and Inclusion

*The Bates Community Response Team is a group of senior administrators who work to assess, communicate and ensure a comprehensive institutional response to incidents involving the following:

  • Hate crimes
  • Hate language incidents
  • Bias incidents
  • Discrimination
  • Acts of intolerance

The team draws other members of the community into its response work as necessary.

Response is part of the ongoing college-wide effort to foster a campus community that learns from, respects, and celebrates all forms of difference; to help prevent incidents of prejudice, discrimination, and harassment at Bates; and to help remedy proven incidents, which affect the entire community.

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