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3 College Freshman

Administration: I want President Spencer impeached. The deans are generally pretty great, though.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is sucking hard core this year. The students are having a hard time tolerating them. Cancellation of Trick or Drink, firing or "retiring" of most of the professor who are willing to support the students, and the overall "Harvardization" of the school is killing the culture that I have heard so much about but seem that I will never truly get to witness. They are causing security to crack down on parties too, but policies are still decently lenient in comparison to many other schools. I just wish we could see a true representation of the students wishes taken into account by administration. It's sad to see the inclusive culture of the school disappear before my eyes.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: There's been some controversy in the beginning of the year with the cancelation of a popular drinking event. The student backlash to this decision however has forced the administration to reconsider its policies and sponsor some new late night alternatives in the meantime. I don't know where this whole episode will go, but it's nice to know that the students can unite if necessary.

As for the people themselves, the various deans are always accessible and wiling to help out. I know two of them personally, they're that friendly.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: The new administration is quickly changing the culture of Bates College. The way things are going, we will be the place "where fun goes to die". Security is very strict and for student-athletes (one-third of Batesies) there is a special system in place where write-ups for alcohol will get you suspended from your sport. In the past two years, two Bates traditions (trick-or-drink and throwback night) have been cancelled by the new administration, and more will follow. If you are looking at this school and care about the social scene, I highly recommend you stay overnight first. The scene on the weekends is good sometimes, but overall very bad.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Recently they've started to crack down on drinking.


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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 26 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 29 responses

  • 31% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 41% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 24% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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