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Lewiston, ME
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Bates likes to provide a supportive environment and tries to stress the dangers that are present in the world. Though, I've never heard of it being an issue.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on my campus. I have left classrooms from studying all night until 3am and walked back to my dorm feeling safe.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is basically always driving around campus, which is good. I personally feel safe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bates Security is very present. Despite the somewhat unsafe nature of Lewiston (although getting better every year), I have never felt unsafe at Bates. I suppose sometimes Lewiston townies come to campus, but they can't get into buildings, and you can usually tell who they are (i.e. they won't have an ID), so no one is going to let them in. Bates is very safe.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. Never locked my doors, or anything.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Safest Campuses
  • 287th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 700th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessie Sawyer
Farmington, CT
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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Bates is a small campus, and most students describe it as “self-contained.” Some of the college-owned houses spread into the city, but generally, Batesies opt to reside right on their well-lit, well-patrolled campus. Despite the incidents that took place in the past, most students feel safe on campus. Security officers definitely make their presence felt, although not in an imposing way; most security personnel are friendly and more than willing to chat or even hang out with students. Because so many security members ride bikes or walk around, rather than patrolling the campus in vans, they are an obvious presence on campus and very approachable to any students who have questions or concerns. Security members are not campus police—they are much more interested in keeping students safe than in punishing them. Security is not the enemy at Bates, and students here recognize the effort security members put forth in order to keep them safe and truly appreciate the fact that security accomplishes this so non-invasively.

Ever since the rape and murder that occurred several years ago and the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, security at Bates has become much more stringent. Only students have access to residential buildings and must scan their student ID on the keycard sensor in order to enter the dorms. Students must also scan their ID cards to access the gyms and the dining hall, as well as certain academic buildings after 7 p.m. In the event of a campus-wide emergency, security notifies students by e-mail, phone calls, and texting. While security is certainly strict in regards to student safety, security members are still very friendly. Students from other colleges are uniformly amazed by the friendly relationships students enjoy with members of security. There is a different security member responsible for each dorm, and each generally makes an effort to become friendly with the students living there.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 32
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Bates College Safety and Security
245 College St.
(207) 786-6111 (emergencies) (207) 786-6254
Safety Services
  • (RAD) Rape defense classes
  • SafeRide shuttle
  • Safewalker escorts
  • Security alerts
  • Security phones
  • Self-defense classes
  • Whistle Alert Program
Health Center
Bates College Health Center
31 Campus Ave.
(207) 786-6199
Daily 24 hours (during school sessions)
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Contraception and emergency contraception
  • Health education programs
  • Pap tests
  • Pelvic and breast exams
  • Personal counseling
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Psychological services
  • The Self Care Clinic
  • Testing (consultations free, lab testing and medications billed confidentially)
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Did You Know?
  • Bates students are issued with whistles as first-years. When a whistle is blown, those nearby are supposed to blow their own whistles and run towards the original whistle, as well as notify security. There is a $75 fine for blowing a whistle without cause.
  • Bates is located between two hospitals: St. Mary's Regional Medical Center on Campus Avenue and Central Maine Medical Center on Main Street.
  • Bates installed a Proximity Card system, in which all dorms are open to all students during certain hours (before midnight on weekdays and before 2 a.m. on weekends). Each student is issued a Proximity Card, which grants him or her access to the building. The system is designed so students may enter the building without removing the card from a pocket.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 12 responses

  • 27% Theft/robberies
  • 27% None
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Dorm safety
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 58% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 33% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 33% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 27% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 73% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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