Environmental and Safety Policies
Safety is a priority, and any tampering with life safety equipment is a serious violation of Bates policy. In order to ensure that local, state and federal fire safety rules as well as Bates policies are being followed, the Bates Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department, along with the local Fire Department as well as private contractors periodically inspect student rooms.
During these inspections, any items (see list below) that violate Bates policy that are found in plain sight will be addressed as described, by the EHS Department and the responsible student will be fined and referred for follow up via Student Affairs.
|Item found||EHS Action||Reported to||Comments|
|Candle||Fine, confiscate, hold||Student, ORLHE|
||Fine, confiscate, hold||Student, ORLHE|
|Charcoal||Confiscate, hold||Student, ORLHE|
|Gasoline||Fine, confiscate||Student, ORLHE|
|Lighter fluid||Fine, confiscate||Student, ORLHE|
|Lamp and camp stove fuel||Fine, confiscate||Student, ORLHE|
|Halogen lamps||Confiscate, hold||Student, ORLHE|
|Hoverboard||Confiscate, hold||Security, ORLHE||New Winter 2016|
|Illegal Drugs||Contact Security to confiscate||Security, SA, ORLHE||New Fall 2016|
|Hard Alcohol||Confiscate, discard||Security, SA, ORLHE||New Fall 2016|
ORLHE = Office of Residence Life and Health Education
SA = Student Affairs
College Security will contact Lewiston Police if drugs or drug paraphernalia are in plain view; students in violation will be subject to disciplinary action.
During these room inspections, special attention will be paid to unsafe conditions. Each item is described below, with the associated actions that will be taken.
|Unsafe Condition Found||EHS Action *||Reported to||Comments|
|Smoke detector compromised||Remove items, fine||Student, ORLHE, SA|
|Fire alarm compromised||Remove items, fine||Student, ORLHE, SA|
|Sprinkler head compromised||Fine||Student, ORLHE, SA|
|Evidence of smoking indoors||Warning, fine, confiscation, hold**||Student, ORLHE, SA|
|Tapestry on ceiling||Fine||Student, ORLHE, SA|
|Lack of egress: blocked door||Warning||Student, ORLHE|
|Lack of egress: constricted walkway||Warning||Student, ORLHE|
|Lack of egress: excessive clutter||Warning, fine, confiscation***||Student, ORLHE||Third violation will result in confiscation of items.
New Fall 2016
|Modified electrical wiring, or wires pinched||Confiscation||Student, ORLHE|
|Improper extension cords, or wires under carpet/walkways||Warning||Student, ORLHE|
|Outlet extenders/adapters, or power strips in series||Warning, confiscation, hold||Student, ORLHE|
|Bicycles stored indoors or on porches||Warning, confiscation, hold, fine||Student, Security|
|Bicycles locked to unauthorized Bates property||Warning, confiscation, hold, fine||Student, Security|
|Unapproved bed lofts||Warning||Student|
* Initial action. Subsequent violations may be subject to increasing consequences including fines and disciplinary action per Bates Student Conduct Policy
** see detail below under “smoking” section
*** see detail below under “healthy living conditions” section