Summary of Rights

All members of the Bates community have the right to:

  • Live, work, and learn at Bates free from gender-based discrimination;
  • Be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness;
  • Have their privacy protected by all individuals involved in the investigation and resolution of any report of sexual misconduct or harassment;
  • File a report and have any report resolved promptly, fairly and thoroughly according to the Bates College Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy;
  • Receive support throughout the resolution process;
  • Be free from retaliation for making a report or participating in an investigation;
  • Receive timely notice of meetings and equal access to information used in those meetings;
  • Have an advisor or support person present at all meetings;
  • Receive timely written notification of the outcome of any investigation, including sanctions, any changes to the outcome due to appeal, and when the outcome becomes final; and
  • Appeal the finding and outcome as detailed in the Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Policy.

In addition, a Reporting Party has the right to:

  • Choose whether to file a criminal complaint with local law enforcement and to receive assistance should they wish to do so;
  • Receive interim support and reasonable protective measures to help them continue to live, work and learn at Bates;
  • Choose whether they wish to participate in any formal investigative process; and
  • Receive amnesty for minor drug or alcohol violations that occurred at the time of the incident.

Individuals have these rights regardless of your race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, or any other protected class.