Residence and Campus Life

If your fall 2020 attendance plans (in person, remote, other) have changed, please immediately email Student Affairs staff member Faith Hauger, studentaffairs@bates.edu, to request that you be able to update your Fall Attendance Questionnaire.

This page will share important housing and arrival information for fall 2020. While not exhaustive, we hope these pages will answer some of your housing questions. Complete information about the college’s strategy and approach toward reopening is available on the Fall 2020 website.

What to Know Before You Arrive

  • An important milestone in the decision-making process around reopening, the capacity to test and screen students effectively is essential to the reopening of the campus to students.
  • All students who arrive on campus will undergo screening and testing. Residence access will not be granted until this is complete. Results of campus testing will follow the college’s policies and protocols for Isolation and Contact Tracing.
  • Everyone moving in needs to follow the college’s universal face covering policy.
  • Families, guardians, and parents will not be allowed into campus buildings. Only those individuals with access can enter the buildings.
  • Move-in days and times will be staggered to reduce traffic at residences. 
  • All students should begin minimizing their contacts, increasing physical distancing, and closing their at-home social circles 14 days prior to arrival.
  • If students can access a COVID-19 test at your current location, we encourage you to get tested within 72 hours of your arrival.
  • All students are required to self-screen for COVID-19 by answering these five questions before traveling to Bates. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please postpone your travel plans and contact your primary care physician prior to traveling to Bates.
    • Are you experiencing any severe muscle aches or pains with a cough and/or chills?
    • Are you experiencing a new lack/loss of smell?
    • In the last 14 days, have you had direct, prolonged contact with someone you know who is COVID-19 positive?
    • Are you experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
    • Is your temperature 100.4 or greater?

Traveling to Bates

We strongly encourage that students plan their travels to minimize the total travel time between their home and Bates.

Persons accompanying students to Bates must follow state of Maine guidelines for travel into the state, which as of July 3 require either (1) demonstrate proof of testing negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival, or (2) completing a 14-day quarantine upon entering the state.

As of July 3, residents of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont are exempt from the state order. Students will achieve compliance by being tested upon arrival and beginning a campus quarantine.

Arrival Information for First Year Students

First year students have been assigned arrival dates and times to ensure access to an appropriately distanced arrival, testing, and move-in experience. Roommates are receiving the same arrival times. 

Your assigned arrival date/time: You received your arrival date/time in an email from housing@bates.edu sent to your Bates email account on July 22 with the subject: “Important Information: Housing Assignment & Arrival Date/Time.”

It is essential that you arrive on campus at your designated day and time. This will ensure you are able to participate in required testing ahead of receiving access to your residence hall. Students must participate in COVID-19 testing immediately upon arriving on campus. Students who have not been tested will not be allowed access to residence halls. 

When you arrive on campus on your assigned date/time, you will be welcomed, tested, and given access to your housing assignment. Once these tasks are completed, you will arrive at your residence hall and be greeted by support staff.

Arrival Information for Returning Students

Arrival for the fall 2020 semester will be from Aug. 25 to 27. 

Students will need to return to campus during designated times. Once you know your travel plans, follow the instructions below to sign up for a time. If your plans change and you need to change your time, you can log into the system at any time until midnight on Aug. 23 to switch your selection.

Once your travel plans are confirmed, please use the process to sign up for your arrival time:

  1. Log into the Garnet Gateway.
  2. Under your to-do menu click on “Bates Campus Arrival and Testing”.
  3. From the list, find the time that best meets your needs and click “sign-up”.
  4. Your registration will be confirmed on the right of your screen under the “My Registered Events” section.

Upon arrival to campus, you will be welcomed, tested, and given access to your housing assignment. Once these tasks are completed, you will arrive at your residence hall and be greeted by support staff, including movers who will assist you with moving your belongings into your room.

It is essential that you arrive on campus at your designated day and time. This will ensure you are able to participate in required testing ahead of receiving access to your residence hall. Students must participate in testing immediately upon arriving on campus. Students who have not been tested will not be allowed access to residence halls. 

Residence 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 housing@bates.edu 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.

Campus Life Activities and Policy for Performances

The Office of Campus Life is planning to offer in-person, virtual, and hybrid student programs and late-night social events this fall.

Clear and standard practices will be established so that students know, in advance, how to manage meetings and social events, including the policy for performances (concerts, plays, talks, etc.) for fall 2020.

While large-scale social events will not be possible this fall, we will be working with student clubs, organizations, and campus partners in providing ample opportunities for student engagement that reflect the diverse interests of our students, and that capture some of the traditions that students have come to know and love.

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 (csteidel@bates.edu).

Intent to Return Survey

If you need to update your response to the Intent to Return Survey, please contact Faith Hauger at fhauger@bates.edu.