Residence Life

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

Residential Access

Recognizing the unique challenges to managing transmission risk in residential environments, students will have access only to their own, assigned building. Students will not have access to other residences at any time. 

In accordance with existing building-use policies, all exterior doors to campus buildings will continue to be locked. Campus community members are reminded to travel with their ID at all times.

Off-campus guests (friends, siblings, etc.) are not allowed in residence halls or inside other campus buildings. Parents with a compelling need to access an indoor space must contact three business days in advance for pre-approval. 

The difficulties associated with managing transmission risk and maintaining enhanced sanitation practices across large numbers of users requires Bates to close all residential kitchens for fall semester 2020. These spaces present the potential for creating a high-risk environment.

  • Stoves will be turned off.
  • Refrigerators and microwaves will remain plugged in. 
  • Sinks will be available to support sanitation practices.

If you have questions about Residence Life, email

Student Travel Policy

Students are not permitted to leave the state of Maine from arrival on campus through departure at Thanksgiving. Exceptions to this policy (e.g., medical needs or bereavement) can be requested by contacting Senior Associate Dean of Students Carl Steidel (

Visitors to Campus

In accordance with existing building-use policies, all exterior doors to campus buildings will continue to be locked. 

Recreational visitors: May continue to use non-specialized outdoor spaces with or without accompaniment of current students. Recreational visitors are unable to access all indoor spaces including but not limited to: Commons, the Den, Gray Athletic Building, Ladd Library, academic spaces, and indoor athletic facilities. Bates requires physical distancing at all times and face coverings on congested outdoor pathways.

Affiliated visitors: Allowed on campus as outdoor public visitors at any time and are not allowed entry into campus buildings. Affiliated visitors may be allowed access only under specific and rare circumstances or with prior approval —  three business days in advance — from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education (, for parents/guardians) or Facility Services (for vendors).

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. 

Campus Closure Preparedness 

In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus, or the risk of our local healthcare system being over capacity, it is important that we are prepared to evacuate campus swiftly and safely to protect Bates students, staff, and faculty’s health and well-being. 

If the college determines it is unsafe for the campus to remain open, students will be alerted that they must leave campus within 48 hours. Students who live in driving distance should leave campus within 24 hours of an announced campus closure.

All students will be required to complete and submit a personal departure plan, known as an Evacuation Plan, prior to their arrival on campus. This will ensure that both students and the college know how they will get home in the event of a campus closure, ensuring swift and safe departures for all students.