Updates

  • Fall 2020 Announcement
    Dear Members of the Bates Community, I write today to share an important update about our plans for the fall semester. We will invite students to come to campus in person to begin or continue their Bates education, so that we can do our best to support their forward momentum. Based on exhaustive consultation and…
  • Academic calendar information for new students in 2020–21
    Dear New Bates Students, We know that you are well on your way to joining the Bates community and want to send along a warm welcome from all of our faculty and staff. Through working on your first-year forms, to participating in video chats, to posting on the Facebook group, the Bates faculty and staff…
  • Academic calendar information for returning students in 2020–21
    We write to provide an update on fall planning and recent steps taken to better position the college for our goal of having students return to campus in the fall, if we determine that it is safe to do so.
  • Message for Faculty from Committee on Personnel
    We respect the full range of contributions faculty members make, including the effort and creativity required in adjusting to this very complicated time.
  • Planning for Next Academic Year
    It is our fervent hope that it will be safe to welcome new and returning students in person in the fall, and we are actively working toward that goal.
  • Update on Financial Impact of Coronavirus
    To preserve our capacity to deliver on our mission now and into the future, we have identified actions aimed at putting ourselves in the strongest possible position to weather the ongoing financial disruptions associated with the pandemic.
  • Faculty-Staff Working Group on Fall Planning and College Finances
    So the college can make critical decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely manner, Bates has formed an ad hoc working group comprising two teams: one focused on Fall Planning and the other on College Finances.
  • Announcement About Reunion Weekend 2020
    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the difficult decision to cancel in-person Reunion 2020. Bates will host a number of virtual Reunion events on June 12–13. Our hope is that when we do gather in person, it will be all the sweeter for this period of interruption and isolation.
  • Announcement About Commencement
    I am heartbroken to convey the news that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bates will not be able to offer an in-person Commencement on May 31. We plan to mark your graduation with a virtual ceremony, creating an experience that captures, albeit in a different form, the elements that are most meaningful to you.
  • COVID-19 Update on Confirmed Cases
    A second member of the Bates community has tested positive for COVID-19. With this case, there are a total of two confirmed cases within the Bates community.
  • Confirmed Case of COVID-19
    A member of our community has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has been at home in self-isolation for a number of days while receiving the necessary care to treat their condition.
  • Important COVID-19 Update for Staff
    Beginning immediately, Bates will transition to a remote working model for any employees whose physical presence on campus is not required to carry out their duties.
  • Urgent Information About Timely Departure from Campus
    We ask students to please respond with a greater sense of urgency to the public health crisis that confronts us and depart campus as soon as possible. With each passing day, we learn more about the extreme contagiousness of the COVID-19 virus and the threat it poses to vulnerable populations.
  • March 13 COVID-19 Announcement
    We are at a pivotal moment with respect to both the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our ability as a college to take proactive, rather than reactive, steps. We will suspend classes at the end of the day, ask our students to return home and our faculty to prepare to teach remotely, and resume remote classes on Monday, March 23.