Helpful Definitions

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

COVID-19 has introduced many new words and phrases to our daily vernacular. Here are some of those terms and their definitions as they pertain to your Bates experience.

Close Contact 

Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting two days prior to illness onset (or, for an asymptomatic student, two days prior to a positive specimen collection) and extending until the student is isolated.

Isolation

Refers to the separation of individuals who are ill and have the potential to infect those around them. Bates students who must be isolated will move from their campus residence to isolation housing.

Outbreak 

Three or more epidemiologically linked cases of a specific disease. These are cases linked to a common source such as a building, classroom, facility, or event.

Pod

Group of students who share a common living space and restroom facilities. Pods will be organized by Residence Life and Health Education.

Quarantine

A practice used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. Bates has three quarantine designations.

  • In-Room Quarantine: Restricts movement of well persons who have been exposed to communicable disease to their assignment room only. Students with this designation may not move about campus or their residence halls.
  • Building Quarantine: Restricts movement of well persons who have been exposed to communicable disease to their residence hall only. Students with this designation may not move about campus outside of their residence halls.
  • Campus Quarantine: Restricts movement of well persons who have been exposed to communicable disease to campus only. Students with this designation may not travel off campus.
Visitor

The following visitor definitions inform campus access policies.

  • Recreational Visitors: Neither employees or students of the college, including social visitors to students (e.g., friends from other institutions) and those using outdoor, non-specialized spaces (e.g. campus pathways, open areas) 
  • Affiliated Visitors: Parents or guardians; vendors or specialized service providers 
  • Admission Visitors: The college is not inviting or hosting prospective students and their guests on campus through the summer. This policy will be reevaluated in early fall. Should such guests visit campus on their own, they may obtain a campus map at Lindholm House and take a self-guided tour. No admittance will be allowed to any campus building or indoor space, including academic buildings, residence halls, and dining facilities.