Teaching, Advising, and Scholarship


Will physical distancing and face coverings be required in Bates classrooms in the fall of 2020?
  • According to published policy, at every Bates-sponsored function/activity with faculty, students, and / or staff, physical distancing and face coverings will be required. 
What should I do if I see a student or students who are not complying with Bates’ public health guidelines (i.e. face covering, physical distancing)?
  • If the student(s) is/are in your class, let them know that you cannot start class until all students are in compliance with the guidelines. If they refuse to comply ask them to leave the facility.
  • Approach the student(s) and respectfully introduce yourself and ask that they comply with our policies.
  • If the students refuse to comply, the incident should be reported to Carl Steidel, Senior Associate Dean of Students, at csteidel@bates.edu.
Given our universal face covering policy, will students be allowed to eat or drink in classrooms or other public spaces?
  • No. Because consuming food and beverages generally require the removal of a face covering, students are only permitted to eat in their residence hall room or lounge, or outside. Faculty and staff must eat in their office, designated break areas or outside.
What are the new classroom capacities that conform to Bates rules of physical distancing?
Who should faculty members talk to if they have questions about classroom capacities or set-up?
  • Faculty members should contact the registrar (Mary Meserve; mmeserve@bates.edu) with questions about their classrooms.
Who can faculty speak with about specific classroom accommodations?
  • For instruction accommodations in classrooms, please speak with Áslaug Ásgeirsdóttir (aasgeirs@bates.edu) if you teach in the divisions of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Social Sciences or Krista Aronson (karonson@bates.edu) if you teach in the divisions of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • For accommodations related to medical conditions, contact Melissa Benoit in Human Resources.
What grading system will we be using in the 2020-21 academic year? 
  • The Academic Standing Committee is working on a grading policy for the upcoming academic year. This will be submitted to the Committee on Faculty Governance who will decide next steps for faculty input. The final policy will be available later this summer.
What resources are available to faculty as they redevelop their courses for delivery in the modular format?
  • Information and Library Services, Writing at Bates, the Mathematics and Statistics Workshop, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, the Office of Accessible Education, and others have been putting together resources for faculty who are redeveloping their courses. The Dean of Faculty created a portal (https://www.bates.edu/dof/remote-teaching/) that will direct faculty to those materials as well as to events scheduled for the coming weeks. We encourage faculty to consult these resources as they build syllabi that center students and recognize the varied learning environments that students will be experiencing.
How will faculty hold office hours and / or meet with my advisees?
  • We encourage remote office hours and meetings with advisees via videoconferencing whenever possible as a best practice for physical distancing.
Does my course roster indicate whether or not students are studying remotely?
  • Yes. Your course roster displays those students who have indicated they will be studying remotely. If you don’t see that denoted, then the student is planning to be on-campus in the fall.
Will the Bates Faculty Development Fund (BFDF) be accepting applications for research and teaching support?
  • Yes. There is considerable uncertainty around the budget for 2020-21, however the BFDF is supported by several funds restricted only for faculty research, which will be available to faculty who submit proposals.
Can thesis students work off-campus in Maine during the 2020-21 academic year?
  • Yes. Students who arrange off-campus thesis work in Maine may pursue that work in the 2020-21 academic year. However, students doing such work will need to develop a contingency plan to account for possible positive COVID-19 tests, quarantine mandates, or change in Bates travel policies.
Will students who do not have their own personal laptop or desktop computers be able to borrow them from the College?
  • The College will continue to make laptops and other computer equipment available for short and long term loan and has purchased additional laptop computers in anticipation of student need.  If needed, they can mail a laptop to a student at home. Of course, while our number of public computers will be reduced simply due to the social distancing of rooms, there will continue to be public machines available as well. 
Will students have access to computer software regardless of where they are working (remote or local) during the upcoming year?
  • Best practice would be to confirm with ILS that a particular technology is available to students before utilizing it in your course.