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Lewiston, ME
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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Bates is pretty lenient with beer, but not with hard alcohol. Overall the campus strictness isn't bad, but not great.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Never really a problem with campus security. Drink in your dorms and then go out to party is the norm.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It used to be a lot less strict and now they're starting to be more strict.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Security is pretty lax about everything as long as you are respectful to the property and to other people, otherwise they will crack down.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not too bad. Campus security is really friendly and will hand out a million warnings before they get anyone in real trouble. The alcohol policy is very relaxed - unless you get caught with hard alcohol, which is banned campus-wide (but that doesn't mean people don't drink it. Again, not very strict).


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 413rd
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 510th
    Best Campus Police
  • 884th
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessie Sawyer
Farmington, CT
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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Compared to other schools, Bates has a relatively relaxed drinking policy. Drinking is permitted in dorms, provided they aren’t chem-free. If security catches someone drinking outside, they’ll ask the student to pour his or her drink out and then let the student go. Several years ago, most forms of drinking were allowed on campus, but a series of alcohol-related hospitalizations caused the school to re-evaluate its drinking policy. Now, hard alcohol is prohibited (even to students who are of age), and people caught breaking this rule can be given strikes. Students who have three strikes are brought before the Disciplinary Committee. Unregistered kegs are also against the rules, and if a party with an unregistered keg is broken up, the person responsible for the party will get a strike, and everyone else will be sent home.

The original reason for Bates’ lenient alcohol policy was the belief that college students are going to drink no matter what the school does to stop them. The College wanted to discourage surreptitious drinking and ensure that students who have had too much to drink would not be afraid to go to Health Services if needed. Bates decided to change this policy in an attempt to curb the alarming number of hospitalizations due to alcohol poisoning. Security has recently started cracking down on beer pong games in the hallways, but this is more to comply with fire codes than for any other reason. Even now, Bates is far less strict than other colleges, at least in regards to alcohol. In other ways, Bates can be fairly strict. Rooms are checked over breaks, and students who forget to hide their illegal appliances or cable-stealing wires and boxes can get in trouble. Bates is also very strict about parking—illegally parked cars are nearly always ticketed, and sometimes even towed.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Bringing food or drink in the library
  • Drinking hard alcohol
  • Having illegal appliances in your room
  • Having more than 10 people in your dorm room at once
  • Keeping pets in your dorm room
  • Leaving your window screen open
  • Making too much noise in your dorm during quiet hours
  • Parking illegally
  • Plagiarizing papers
  • Stealing cable
  • Walking around campus with an open container

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 12 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 7% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 53% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 40% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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