Residence and Dining Regulations


Residences and Living Spaces

The Office of Residence Life and Health Education is dedicated to the creation of diverse, inclusive, and collaborative communities. We foster a holistic understanding of wellness, and facilitate relationships that develop agency and perspective. Through dynamic and robust programming, we prepare leaders to embrace difference and pursue responsible citizenship.

Residential Campus

Bates College is a residential college. Campus residence is required of all students except for those individuals who have been granted special permission by Student Affairs.

Room Assignments

Room assignments for upper-class students are determined through a room selection process by class year and on the basis of room preference applications for new students. Students may not move from one room to another without the permission of the Office of Residence Life and Health Education. If a student changes rooms without permission, a $200 illegal room change fine is assessed and the student will be required to return to the original room. Should a room/suite be picked with an upper-class student’s room selection time and not occupied by that student, all occupants may be removed from the room and assigned to a different room.

Room Reassignment

Office of Residence Life and Health Education reserves the right to reassign students for any reason, including the relocation of students without roommates or the placement of additional students in rooms that are not full. Whenever possible, such reassignments will be finalized by the start of each term. The Office of Residence Life & Health Education does not permit one person to live in a triple or suite alone or students to reside in suites with low occupancy. Students in such situations must find a roommate or they will be reassigned to a new space on campus.


Each resident student is furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, wastebasket, and recycling containers. All furniture must remain in the original student’s roomAfter students have vacated a room, any remaining items that were not originally allotted to the room will be removed and a disposal fee of $75 assessed. Alterations in the structure or painting of rooms, including built-in furniture, are prohibited.  All lounge furniture must remain in the lounge space. No structure serving as a bar or facilitating the distribution of alcohol is allowed. Waterbeds are not permitted.

Internet Connections in Student Rooms

The college-wide network system provides network ports in each room. Use of the network and network services is subject to the terms set forth in the college “Computer Use Policy.” In case of intentional damage to the network facilities, fees may be assessed for repair.

Damage to Personal Property

Bates College will not be responsible for the theft or damage of student property. Students are strongly advised to ensure that their property is covered by family homeowners’ insurance or private/dorm insurance to cover the repair or replacements of their personal property

Custodial Services

Custodial workers are responsible for the normal upkeep of the bathrooms (with the exception of bathrooms within suites) and common areas of the residences. Any cleaning above and beyond routine maintenance may result in a cleaning charge being assessed. Students are responsible for the upkeep of their room, including routine waste removal. Upon vacating the assigned room, all waste and personal items must be removed; if the room is carpeted it must be vacuumed, and if the room is a hard floor it must be swept clean. Facility Services assesses a cleaning fee of $50 per room occupant for any room not in compliance with these guidelines. Students may check out a vacuum or broom and dustpan from their custodian.

Residential Lounges

Some residence lounges may be reserved for general social and cultural functions. Reservations for event space may be made online at With the exception of lounges, reservations for events must be initiated with the Office of Campus Life. At the time of approval, the sponsoring student or student club will be informed of any additional costs associated with cleaning up after an event in a lounge or other public space in the residence.

Satellite Dishes and Cable Access

Satellite dishes and individual contracts for cable or Internet services are not allowed. Cable access is provided in lounges in halls and houses and in other locations designated by the College. Common rooms of suites do not have cable; students may elect to have cable installed privately. Any use of cable outside those approved by College policy is prohibited. Unauthorized cable installations will be removed and fined under the Damage Policy.

Housing Accommodations

Housing accommodation requests are reviewed on an individual basis. It is important to note that students are not making a request for a specific housing assignment, but rather a request for an accommodation. The Housing Accommodation Committee, comprised of representatives from the Office of Accessible Education and Student Support, Residence Life and Health Education, Health Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), reviews each request and determines an appropriate and reasonable housing accommodation. For more information on housing accommodations and deadlines, please see the Housing Accommodations page of the Residence Life and Health Education website.

Assistance Animals

Assistance animals needed to support students with documented disabilities may qualify as service animals or therapy animals and may be permitted to live in the residence hall when expressly authorized by the Dean of Accessible Education and the Office Residence Life and Health Education. Accommodation requests are due for returning students February 1st and the beginning of June for entering students. For information on assistance animals in residences, visit the Office of Residence Life and Health Education website.


Small fish are the only pets allowed in residence halls, and fish tanks may not exceed 10 gallons in size. If a pet, outside of this standard is found in a student room, there will need to be  immediate removal of the animal(s). If the animal(s) is found on College property again, the animal will be immediately removed, brought to the local SPCA, and the student will be billed for any expense.


The Facility Services Department administers the comprehensive recycling programs in all residential, academic and administrative buildings. The recyclables at Bates, once in the common bins, are considered property of the College.

Solicitation / Use of Resources

Bates College does not permit the use of its resources (physical, electronic, financial, or other) to support commercial enterprises, not-for-profit activities unrelated to the educational goals of the College, work on behalf of political candidates, or any activity that could compromise the tax-exempt status of the College. Reasonable use of college resources for personal noncommercial purposes is permitted if it does not entail a direct cost to the College, impede operations, or violate college policies.

Bates College does not allow: (1) Students to contract with outside vendors to perform services inside residence halls or (2) door to door solicitation of any kind without prior approval from the Director of Residence Life.

Please refer to the College Computer Use Policy for more information regarding computer use related to the above activities.


Additional Safety Policies and information is listed on the Environmental Health & Safety website

Safety and Privacy

Bates College is an institution of higher learning and as such provides a safe and secure environment for academic and social development. With this in mind, Bates College retains the right to enter students’ rooms at any time. The housing contract provides a non-exhaustive list of reasons for college representatives to enter your room. The safety and wellbeing of Bates College community members will always be the overriding factor when determining when to enter students’ rooms.

Tampering with life safety equipment is a serious violation of Bates College policy. In order to ensure that local, state and federal fire safety rules, as well as Bates College policies are being followed, the Bates Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department, local Fire Department, as well as private contractors periodically inspect student rooms. During these inspections, any violations of Bates College policy that are found will be addressed as described, by the EHS Department and the responsible student will be fined and referred for follow up via Student Affairs. For a complete list, please visit the Environmental Health & Safety website.

College Security will contact Lewiston Police if illegal 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.


Fines may be charged for safety violations. The level of fine will be determined based on the risk, the frequency of violations, and the time and effort required to restore safe conditions. The dollar amount varies depending on the violation. If you receive a fine, all registered residents of the room will split the total fine amount. More information about safety fines, including dollar amounts, can be found here.


Bicycles may not be stored on porches, in lounges or in hallways. Bicycles may only be locked to authorized bicycle storage racks. Please refer to the Bates Bicycle Policy for authorized locations. Bicycles found in violation of this policy will be confiscated, and chains, cables, or locks on those bikes may be cut if necessary at the owner’s expense. A bicycle may be reclaimed after the first offense by presenting a valid student ID and signing a claim form. Bicycles confiscated a second time are held until the end of the academic year. Fines will be charged.


Cooking is among the most frequent cause of residential fires and is not permitted in student rooms. Fire alarms set off due to cooking in rooms are subject to safety fines and confiscation of prohibited appliances. Cooking may only be done in designated kitchen areas and must not be left unattended. The following items may be used only in kitchens: microwaves, bread makers, and slow cookers. The following cooking appliances are not permitted on campus: air fryers, deep fat fryers, toasters, and toaster ovens.


No type of decorations, electrical lights, ropes, signs or personal items may be hung or attached in any way to electrical fixtures or on the sprinkler piping or sprinkler heads. Clear space of 22 inches + is desired around each sprinkler head. Live trees, wreaths, and garlands are prohibited. No decorations may be placed on the outside of residences. No alterations or adjustments are permitted which could potentially cause a sprinkler head to discharge. Tapestries are not permitted on ceilings; they can be hung on walls as long as they do not interfere with fire alarms. Safety fines may be assessed for violations and items will be confiscated.

Electrical Appliances

Electric line load limitations prohibit the use of heavy-demand appliances in student rooms. One small refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination unit is permitted per student. Students should coordinate this with their roommate(s). For rentals and deliveries, one option we suggest is New England Student Services. Larger sized refrigerators, keg refrigerators, coolers, air conditioners and space heaters are prohibited and will be removed if found, and students are subject to a safety fine.

If in doubt about multiple appliance usage, please contact the Facility Services electrical staff for guidance. All electrical items should be unplugged if the student room will not be occupied for an extended period of time, such as break periods.

Electrical Safety

Any electrical device which is modified after purchase or shows signs of visible damage is prohibited and will be removed. Students may not add wiring, remove or alter existing wiring or use unsafe wiring devices. Outlet expanders are prohibited and will be confiscated. Thin wire extension cords used for any purpose other than extending a single, low wattage item (e.g. lamp, radio, alarm clock, cell phone charger) will be removed. Overloading thin wire extension cords can lead to overheating and fire. Do not plug power strips into thin wire extension cords. In no case should power strips be plugged into a second power strip.

In no case may wires be run under carpets or taped across walking paths, door thresholds or through doorways or windows where pinching or other damage can result. Fines may be issued for unsafe wiring practices.

Flammable Materials

Candles, wax melting devices, incense, or any source of open flame or ignition are prohibited in student residences. Flammable materials may not be stored or used in student residences. If found, safety fines will be immediately assessed and items confiscated. Students may retrieve confiscated items at the end of the semester by contacting the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

Firearms and Weapons

Firearms, fireworks, paintball guns, slingshots, bows and arrows, knives, and ammunition are not permitted anywhere on campus, except in the secured location provided by the Security Office. Please make arrangements for storage with the Security Office to avoid violation of local ordinances and college regulations.

Fire Extinguisher Discharge Policy

If a fire extinguisher is discharged for reasons other than to put out a fire, the individual or individuals will be charged for the activation of the fire alarm, the cost to recharge or replacement of the fire extinguisher, and fees associated with the clean-up. Depending on the circumstances, individual(s) discharging an extinguisher may be referred to the Student Conduct Committee and/or other appropriate judicial actions. If no individual comes forward to take responsibility for the discharge, the fines will be attributed to all students in the residence. The following are examples of possible fines:

  • Life Safety tampering fine
  • Fire extinguisher replacement or recharge
  • Fines/charges for false alarms 

Specific fine amounts and further information can be found here.

Fire Protection and Combustible Materials

A fire in a college residence is a disaster that can be avoided by the mutual effort of residents and staff. The misuse of fire safety equipment (e.g. fire escapes, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems and fire alarms) is not permitted and is a violation of public safety laws in the State of Maine. Smoke detectors, sprinkler heads and fire alarms may not be covered with tapestries or other materials. Nothing may be attached to or hung from sprinkler pipes or sprinkler heads. A $75 is assessed and items confiscated. Students are responsible for all costs for the repair/replacement to any life safety item.

The current charge for false alarms in a building is $150 per incident.

False Fire Alarm Policy

Bates and the City of Lewiston charge a fine for false alarms. False alarms produced by human error, faulty equipment, or pre-meditation, waste money and endanger the lives of firefighters and civilians. A false alarm is defined as: “a visual or audible signal transmitted by an alarm system which indicates the existence of an emergency situation, when in fact no such emergency exists.” This includes the activation of an alarm system by the following means:

  1. The intentional and/or accidental pulling of a fire alarm pull station.
  2. Intentionally and/or accidentally introducing smoke or other objects into a smoke detector. Smoking or the burning of any .type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, e-cigarette, or similar product, legal or illegal,  is not allowed anywhere in student residences  This policy also includes, but is not limited to battery-powered e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems.
  3. The throwing of articles such as balls and frisbees, which inadvertently activate a smoke or heat detector.
  4. The cooking or heating of food and water in a bedroom or any room other than the kitchen.
  5. Improper use of the kitchen facilities. Examples of improper use include but are not restricted to:
    1. Allowing food to burn in an oven, toaster, toaster oven, or microwave oven.
    2. Dirty dishes left in sink.

The current charges for false alarms in a building are listed below and are subject to increases by the City of Lewiston.

  • First false alarm – $55
  • Second false alarm – $90
  • Third false alarm – $115
  • Fourth false alarm – $145
  • Fifth and subsequent false alarms – $380

Healthy Living Conditions

Rooms and common areas (including hallways) must be kept clean and uncluttered to maintain a clear pathway for egress in the event of an emergency. Living conditions that could adversely affect residents’ health and safety are prohibited. When residence hall staff, residence hall occupants, or other college staff determine that such conditions exist, immediate corrective action must be made. Cost of additional cleaning will be charged to room occupant(s). Hallways are not meant to store personal items (i.e. boots, sneakers, skateboards, scooters, bikes, snowboards, skis, etc.).


All lamps must be safely designed and operated. Halogen lamps, lamps with bulbs that exceed their recommended wattage, or which operate at high temperatures, pose a serious fire risk and are prohibited. Lamps taped to bed frames or covered with potentially combustible material (e.g. clothing, tapestries, fabric, paper, athletic gear) will be confiscated. Fines may be charged.


It is unsafe for students to be on roofs and therefore prohibited.


Smoking or the burning of any type of pipe, cigar, cigarette, e-cigarette, or similar product, legal or illegal, is prohibited in all campus buildings including residence halls and houses and their stairwells, porches or garages. This policy also includes, but is not limited to battery-powered e-cigarettes, vaporizers, vape pens, atomizers, and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Smoking is also prohibited within 50 feet (approximately 20 paces) of all campus buildings, including residences.

The presence of ash-filled ashtrays and/or hookahs and water pipes will be considered proof of smoking in rooms and will be reported to Security and Student Affairs. Water pipes and hookahs will be confiscated. 

  • First violation will result in a warning.
  • Second violation will result in a fine of $75.
  • Third violation will result in being moved to a different building on campus and a mandatory meeting with the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Counselor.


Additional damage policies and information is listed on the Facility Services website.

Traditionally, Bates has taken pride in the responsibility of its students and the social and educational atmosphere of its campus. We do hold our students responsible for their conduct at all times. Damage is defined as damage that exceeds a physical condition that would be expected from normal wear and tear. Each instance of damage is recorded, a work order and bill are created, and then the repairs are scheduled and performed. A full description of damage costs can be found on the Facility Services website.

Students are responsible for any damage caused to their own rooms. Damage to common areas is assumed by the person or group deemed responsible. When it is impossible to identify the responsible party, charges for repairs are billed to all building residents. Charges will appear on end of semester bills. Failure to pay dorm damage charges may lead to transcripts being withheld and/or disciplinary action. Willful destruction of property will result in disciplinary action. If you have a question regarding your student’s dorm damage charges, please contact: David Larrabee in Facility Services

If the College is able to determine which individual or individuals caused the damage, the penalties will be as follows:

1st Incident
  • Letter sent to student.
  • Student charged for the cost of the damage.
  • If the responsible student does not report the damage they caused within 72 hours, they will be required to perform 12 hours of community restitution.
2nd Incident
  • Letter sent home to parents.
  • Student charged for the cost of the damage.
  • Mandatory community restitution hours.
  • If they responsible student does not report the damage they caused with 72 hours, they will be automatically referred to the Student Conduct Committee. Otherwise, the referral to the Student Conduct Committee will be at the discretion of the Office of the Dean of Students.
3rd Incident
  • Referral to the Student Conduct Committee for review.
  • Possible removal from on-campus housing

Room Inspections for Damages

Rooms are inspected for damages at the end of each semester. Items found in need of repair or replacement (other than normal wear) are charged equally to the most recent occupants unless the charges have been previously assumed. If there is a change in occupancy, rooms are specifically checked for damages upon request by a representative of the Facility Services staff. A full description of damage costs can be found on the Facility Services website.

Guests in Residential Rooms

Overnight Visitation

Each student is entitled to the full use of their room at all times when the College is in session. If a student’s comfort or sense of privacy is violated by unwelcome guests, they should discuss the situation with their roommate(s). If this is not satisfactory, they should report immediately to the Residence Coordinator, Junior Advisor, or to the Coordinator of Housing. Measures may include mediation or other forms of reconciliation.

Guest Policy

Guests who are not residents may stay in a student’s room for a maximum of three nights. Guests’ presence may not infringe upon the rights of other Bates students. Any room, suite, or apartment-mate or other Bates student who feels inconvenienced by a guest should first discuss the matter with the host student. If that brings no result, the student should contact their JA, CA, or the Office of Residence Life & Health Education.

Hosts are responsible for the actions of their guests/visitors and will face disciplinary action if their guests/visitors violate college or residential policies. The host must report the name and car license of each guest to the Bates Security. If the situation warrants, an exception to the three-night limit may be obtained from Student Affairs. Any resident who provides permanent residence to a non-student or an off-campus student is in violation of college regulations and may be subject to disciplinary action.

Storage of Personal Items

Additional storage policies and information is listed on the Facility Services website.

During Academic Year

The College has a limited amount of student storage space in designated buildings available to students with extenuating circumstances. These students will request to complete a Storage Request Form and the Assistant Director of Residential Operations will review the request and determine the outcome. If a student is approved for temporary storage and their belongings are left after their removal date, all items will be removed and donated to local charities. In storage areas with cages, all locks will be cut, and the College will not be responsible for reimbursement for cut locks.

Approved academic year student storage is limited to 3 containers (boxes, totes, bags) (3’ x 3’ x 3’) per individual, clearly labeled with the student’s name and class year. All items not labeled properly will be removed and donated. Additional storage policies and information is listed on the Facility Services website.

During Summer

There is no summer storage provided at Bates College, and no storage will be provided for students studying abroad.


Additional Security Policies and information is listed on the Campus Safety website

Access Cards

All students are issued a Bates ID card which is used to gain entrance to the student’s residence building 24 hours a day and all other student residences during specific hours. Some academic and athletic buildings may be accessed with the ID card during evenings and weekends. The card is also used for identification in the College Library and Dining Services. ID cards may be replaced for a fee of $25.


Each student is issued one set of keys to their room. Students must present their Bates ID card and sign for all keys received at the time of issuance. Students who do not pick up their keys within the first week of the beginning of the semester will have their card access cut off.

Key Return/Key Loss

All room keys must be returned prior to leaving campus. If keys are not returned to the Access Control Office on the final day of authorized residence or Commencement Day, whichever comes first, they will be considered unreturned/lost and a $100 per key charge and a $25 late fee will be billed to the student’s account. The cost to replace a room key and to re-key the lock during the academic year is $100 per key.

Room Changes

If the Office of Residence Life & Health Education authorizes a room change during the semester, all exchanges must be conducted at the Access Control Office to ensure proper documentation. Key swapping among students is not allowed. Students have 48 hours to hold keys to both their previous residence and their new residence. Failure to return the key for the previous residence within 48 hours will result in a $100 charge. Students who leave campus early must surrender their keys to the Access Control Office prior to leaving campus, or their accounts will be charged as stated above.

Security Screens

Security screens are to be opened only in cases of emergency. Failure to comply will result in a $150 fine.

Residence Electronic Access Policy

Matriculated students who are assigned housing on the Bates College campus will be issued a card that allows them to open one or more outside doors of their assigned residence building at all times during the academic year. In addition, the card will allow access to all College residence buildings from 7am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 7am to 2am on Friday and Saturday, during fall and winter semesters. Outside doors without a card reader will be monitored for unauthorized entries.

Residences will be closed during the break between fall and winter semester. The College may provide residential accommodations for certain vacation periods to a limited number of students by prior arrangement. Students remaining on campus between fall and winter semester will have 24 hour access to their vacation residence only via their card. Students returning to school early will be allowed access only in special circumstances. Rooms will be available for occupancy two days prior to the opening of each term and will be closed at the end of examination period. See Summer Access Policy and Short Term Policy for information specific to those times of year.

Access for students who change residence buildings during the semester will be changed to reflect their new residence. They will be expected to move their belongings from their former residence from 7am to midnight Sunday through Thursday and from 7am to 2am Friday and Saturday.

Student Affairs will determine the termination of access timeframe for students who leave the College during the semester.

Matriculated students who are not living in a College residence building will be issued a card that will allow them to open one or more outside doors of all College residence buildings from 7am to 12am Sunday through Thursday and from 7am to 2am Friday and Saturday while classes are in session. Outside doors without a card reader will be monitored for unauthorized entries and exits.

Students who are studying somewhere other than the College campus or students who are on leaves of absence will not have access to College residence halls via their card.

High School students and special students will not have access to College residence halls via a card.

Faculty will have access to College residence buildings if one or more of their classes meet in a residence building. Faculty will have access to the College residence building(s) in which their class(es) meet, during class times.

Staff whose job responsibilities require them to enter College residence buildings will have access as their duties require. On- call staff who need to enter College residence buildings other times will have a card allowing 24 hour access.

For residence building access after hours, yellow courtesy phones are available on each building.

Requests for access to residence buildings not covered in this document should be made to the Electronic Access System manager for review.

ID cards remain the property of Bates College. Individuals using an ID card assigned to someone other than themselves are subject to disciplinary action.

Student Residence Keys

All residence building entrance doors will be locked at all times. Students will be issued an exterior door access card. Refer to the Residence Building Electronic Access Policy for information regarding access to exterior doors.

The purpose of the electronic access system is to provide a safe living environment for all residents. If a door is found propped open, a fine will be levied against all residents of the building.

Students will be issued one key to the door of their residence room. The key issued will correspond to the room according to the Office of Residence Life records. Students are required to present a valid College identification card and sign an acknowledgment of the Key Control Policy at the time they receive the key. Students are strongly encouraged to lock their residence room door.

In the event of a room change, the student will be issued the key to their new room and allowed to keep the key to their former residence for a maximum of 48 hours for the purposes of relocating. If the key to the former residence is not returned to the Access Control Office within 48 hours, the key will be considered lost and charges associated with lost keys will apply.

If a key is lost or stolen, it must be reported to the Access Control Office and to Campus Safety immediately.

Keys must be returned within 24 hours of the final day of residence. The Office of Residence Life and Health Education shall determine the final day of residence for the Fall and Winter Semesters. Commencement is considered the final day of residence for Short Term. If a student leaves the College prior to the end of the semester, it is the student’s responsibility to return their assigned keys to the Access Control Office. Keys that are not returned within 24 hours of the final day of residence (end of semester, end of Short Term, or termination of housing prior to the end of semester) will incur a charge for an unreturned key. Keys returned late, but prior to the locks being changed will be charged a late fee.

Keys remain the property of Bates College. Keys may not be duplicated. Keys may not be swapped between individuals.


Additional Dining Policies and information is listed on the Dining Services website

Meal Plans

All on-campus students are on the meal plan. Off-campus students can make changes to their meal plan selection in the Office of Residence Life & Health Education until the end of the first week of classes each semester.

Meal Schedule

The meal plan provides three meals per day Monday through Friday, and two meals on Saturday and Sunday. Meals are available for purchase during limited serving hours during all vacation periods with the exception of October Break, during which meals are included in the meal plan.

Dining Hall Access

Access to the dining hall is limited to those students who have the proper identification card and to guests who purchase individual meals or use a student’s guest pass. Students who give their ID cards to another person, share meals with someone not on the meal plan, carry food out of the dining hall, or otherwise creating a disturbance therein may be subject to fines, loss of dining privileges, and/or community service hours in Dining Services. Shirts and shoes must be worn in all college dining areas at all times.

Dietary Concerns

Should an individual have special dietary concerns (e.g. food allergies or special dining needs), arrangements can be made with the Director of Dining for alternate dining options.

All Gender Housing


All gender housing is available for all non-first year students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to increase inclusivity, to support the college’s non-discrimination policy regarding housing assignments, and to respect the diversity within gender, sex and sexuality.  It allows students to pick a roommate or roommates based upon compatibility, without the constraints of biological sex or gender identity.

Housing Process

Rooms, floors, and buildings are not designated by gender. There is not a cap or percentage requirement for  buildings based on gender. We reject the use of a gender as a means of allowing or prohibiting access to spaces.

Gender on Housing Applications

Students can change their gender on their HouseCat application at any time, regardless of the gender listed through the Registrar.


Some campus locations have all gender bathrooms associated with them, and some do not. Students should factor this into their housing decision. This Academic Year (2023-2024), we are piloting designated all gender restrooms on the 2nd and 4th floors of Page, Parker and Adams.

Early Return for Winter Season Varsity Athletes

The goal of this program is to support the competitiveness of Bates teams within NESCAC, to support students’ and their coaches’ desire to build a cohesive team, to encourage these students to study abroad, and to encourage more students to study abroad during the fall semester which serves the College’s enrollment management needs.

Students who study abroad at universities in the southern hemisphere typically complete their final exams in mid-November.  Varsity team athletes may return to Bates later in November to join team practices for the winter season if certain conditions are met.


This “early return” option is available only for participating varsity athletes and only during the fall semester, at the beginning of their team’s winter season. Students must be on the roster for a winter varsity sport and must have a positive social history at Bates

There are also limiting factors to student’s ability to be on campus. The Office of Residence Life and Health Education must have extra beds available so it can to provide a bed on campus that does not inconvenience other student.  Any inappropriate behavior during the “early return period” will result in immediate departure from campus


Student must supply the following to the Center of Global Education:

  • Provide proof of a 10-15 hour a week volunteer or work commitment on or off-campus
  • Provide a letter of support from the student’s coach stating they support the student’s early return
  • Provide a letter from the Office of Residence Life and Health Education that they have the availability to provide a bed on campus

Coordinated by the Center of Global Education, the Dean of Students has sole discretion on whether an early return is appropriate and whether the student may remain on campus during the “early return period.”