The normal actions taken on student misconduct are as follows:

Censure. Penalties involving censure are available to the Judicial Officer at a Judicial Officer Review, the Student Judicial Board, and to the Student Conduct Committee. The term “censure” applies to a variety of actions resulting in letters to a student’s file and/or loss of privileges and may include any one or any combination of the following actions:

  • Loss of the privilege of participating in any public function (e.g., literary, dramatic, forensic, radio, television, musical, or athletic) wherein the participant will be thought of as a representative of Bates College;
  • Loss of housing or dining privileges on campus;
  • Loss of privilege of participating in social or ceremonial events on campus;
  • Loss of the privilege of maintaining a motor vehicle on campus;
  • A requirement that a student resign membership in any or all offices, elected or appointed, held in campus organizations;
  • A letter from either the Judicial Officer or the Co-Chairs of the Student Conduct Committee with a copy to the parent(s) or guardian(s);
  • Any other restriction (except probation, suspension, or dismissal) that seems appropriate to the violation.

Required Action. Penalties that require a particular action of a student are available to the Judicial Officer at a Judicial Officer Review, the Student Judicial Board, and to the Student Conduct Committee. This may include requests to attend various forms of counseling or educational sessions. A student may be told by the Committee, Board or the Judicial Officer to engage in some form of community service (this service may take place either on or off the Bates campus, or both). The Committee, Board or Judicial Officer may either specify the terms of such counseling, education or service, or may designate another individual or body to determine appropriate terms.

Disciplinary Probation. The term “disciplinary probation” means that a sanction of suspension or dismissal is held in abeyance and will take effect only after the Committee finds that the student has committed a further violation. If a student already on disciplinary probation comes before the Committee for a second case of misconduct and is found to have violated the Code of Student Conduct again, the first penalty held in abeyance now goes into effect. The Committee also may take additional action on the second offense. Disciplinary probation is not recorded on the student’s permanent record, but will remain in the student’s confidential file until graduation.

SuspensionThe Student Conduct Committee may suspend a student for a specified period of time, or indefinitely. The Committee also may impose conditions to a student’s readmission to the College. A student who is suspended must leave the campus and may not return until the suspension is revoked. Unless otherwise specified, the suspension goes into effect immediately (within two class days) and the student is dropped from all courses. In some cases, the Committee may decide to defer the suspension until the end of the semester. Suspension will be noted on the student’s official transcript, but only during the time that it is in effect.

DismissalThe Student Conduct Committee may dismiss (i.e., expel) a student. This severs with finality a student’s connection with the College. Dismissal will be noted on the student’s permanent record and on the student’s official transcript.