Prevention, Health & Wellness

All new and returning students must complete the Fall Attendance Questionnaire by July 9, 2020.


At Bates, we pride ourselves on a culture of mutual caring and respect, and given the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, these attributes must be even more amplified by actions that we must all take.

All students are expected to adhere to all policies related to COVID-19 at all times: while on campus, while in off-campus housing, and when off campus in the community. In turn, Bates will strive to offer our campus community members clean and hygienic spaces — including dining, athletic, academic, arts, and residential — throughout campus. 

These policies include but are not limited to:

  • Physical distancing and universal face covering.
  • Limits on the size of gatherings.
  • Only enter your own residence hall. 
  • Except for emergencies, no travel outside of Maine from the time of campus arrival until departure before Thanksgiving.
  • Full participation in population screen testing for COVID-19.
  • Self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Adhering to quarantine and isolation policies, as necessary.

Among the ramifications of these and other policies, including state of Maine guidance, are continued adjustments to our events calendar; to that end, the college will not host an on-campus Back to Bates weekend in October 2020 but instead offer a virtual event.

These policies are subject to change as the local and global situations evolve and as public health guidance is updated. Updates will be emailed to students and families as soon as they are available. 


If you have questions about the key student policy mandates for 2020–21 related to COVID-19, email

Universal Face Covering 

We will require face coverings in all shared spaces on campus, including congested outdoor pathways, residence hallways, residence bathrooms, and in private workspaces when others are present. This includes any type of mask or cloth face covering as described by the CDC. 

Bates faculty and staff will also follow this face covering policy. Exceptions may include when community members are in a room alone or when one is outside and can maintain a 6-foot physical distance.

Bates will publish a comprehensive list of items the college will provide, such as masks, to employees and students.

Isolation, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing

The health and wellness of our community is predicated on the rapid identification of COVID-19 cases and our collective ability to swiftly contain possible spread through isolation and quarantine.

Isolation Policy

Any student who has a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 will be isolated and required to move to isolation housing.

  • Any roommate of a confirmed positive student with COVID-19 will follow in-room quarantine policy. (See “Quarantine Policy” below.)
  • Any close contact (as outlined in contact tracing policy) of a confirmed, positive student with COVID-19 will follow in-room quarantine policy. (See “Quarantine Policy” below.)
  • Isolation meals will be delivered to the students’ isolation residence by Dining staff.

All students in isolation participate in video or phone check-ins from the Manager of Outreach and Support Services and monitor symptoms and temperature daily.

The decision to discontinue isolation is made on an individual basis by the Medical Director of Health Services, taking into consideration the student’s COVID-19 test result, symptoms history, and other factors.

Once the student has been through a two-week isolation, or they stop exhibiting symptoms through screening, Health Services will consider ending isolation.

Quarantine Policy

The length of in-room quarantine, building quarantine, or campus quarantine will be based on public health recommendations issued at that time.

Quarantine policies may be subject to change based on testing capabilities. Quarantine recommendations have changed intermittently during the pandemic. The current definition is 14 days from last known contact with the positive individual, or pending results of a test. Appropriate quarantine status will be determined through positive contacts and contact tracing as defined by the Maine CDC.

  • Persons who have come in close contact with a known, confirmed, positive case of COVID-19 will be required to in-room quarantine.
  • Those persons who have screened positive for COVID-19 with test results pending will be required to in-room quarantine.
  • In the event of an outbreak within a specific Pod, all Pod members will be required to building quarantine
  • For students on in-room or building quarantine, Dining Services staff will deliver meals to residence common areas (for on-campus students) and to off-campus students who are on the meal plan.

Contact Tracing

The goal of contact tracing is to quickly and efficiently identify asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting.

Contact tracing achieves two goals, both related to protecting the health and wellness of our community. First, it provides information about where the infected person may have acquired the virus. Second, it protects the persons they live or interact with and to whom they might transmit the virus.

The college has created a contact tracing procedure based on CDC recommended best practices. Multiple Bates employees from the college have been certified by the Maine CDC on how to best contact trace and to compassionately interact with students who have been notified of a confirmed, positive case of COVID-19. All students who receive confirmed, positive diagnoses will have a conversation with a contact tracer.


If you have questions about isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing, email

Health Services

Bates recognizes that health significantly influences a student’s ability to participate fully in the life of the college. Bates has an established relationship with Central Maine Medical Center to provide medical expertise and care for students. CMMC is a recognized health care leader in Western and Central Maine, giving Bates students 24/7 access to medical care.


If you have questions about Health Services, email

Counseling and Psychological Services

Bates recognizes that mental health significantly influences one’s ability to participate fully in the college community. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) strives to enhance each student’s well-being by providing comprehensive, confidential mental health care and by encouraging informed, individual participation on mental health-related decisions. All CAPS services will be offered to students planning to return to campus this fall. 

Due to mental health professional licensing restrictions, CAPS is not able to provide all services to students studying remotely outside the state of Maine. For these students, CAPS staff can provide ongoing consultation, case management, and support/transition of care appointments.


If you have questions about CAPS, email

Student Support

Upon joining the campus community, every Bates student is assigned a Student Support Advisor (SSA) who remains connected to your campus experience during your time at Bates. 

SSAs provide personal advising and support and supplemental academic advising. Returning students may locate their SSA by accessing their Success Network in BatesReach. All new students will learn about their SSA during Orientation. SSAs will be accessible to all students, whether studying on campus or remotely.