What to Expect in a Community Standards Judicial Officer Review

In keeping with the College’s mission to encourage student development, and to foster leadership, service, and creativity, certain policies and community standards have been established to further these educational goals. The student conduct and community standards programs at Bates College are educationally focused at their core, seeking to help students learn from their mistakes and resolve conflicts peacefully, while balancing the needs of the greater Bates and Lewiston-Auburn communities.

In addition to community standards, we support individual health and wellness throughout conduct processes.  We provide college resources and engage in restorative practices that support physical and mental well-being for each student and their community.

Below is an overview of what to expect during a student conduct judicial officer review.

  1. Call-In Letter: This letter will be emailed to your Bates email address. This will include instructions on how to schedule your student conduct meeting with a judicial officer. 
  2. Judicial Officer Meeting: This is a meeting between you and a judicial officer. This meeting is a conversation about the incident where you’ll have a chance to share your perspective. The meeting structure is as follows:
    • Introduction
    • Review of Judicial Process: A general overview of the meeting and the judicial process.
    • Sharing of Your Perspective: This is your opportunity to share your perspective of the incident. What happened from your point of view?
    • Review of The College Code of Student Conduct: Where does this incident fall?
      • This includes a review of your violation(s)/charge(s)
    • Assessment of Sanctions: This is when the judicial officer will discuss the outcome and next steps.
    • Questions: This is your opportunity to ask questions about the process, meeting, or next steps.
  3. Sanctioning Letter: This letter will be emailed to your Bates email address. This will include information about your sanctions and next steps.

The Judicial Officer shall have authority to render decisions in minor cases of misconduct where outcomes of suspension or expulsion are not under consideration.

Sanctions in these cases may include, but are not limited to, warnings, letters to a student’s file, loss of various privileges, referral to counseling, community service, removal of a student from College housing or dining, paying for damages to property, further educational conversations, further restorative actions or conversations, other required actions, or being placed on probation.