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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus wherever I go and I am a female.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. The Bates Security is made up of a team of very great people who we know personally and respect. Sometimes they break parties on campus from noise complaints of neighbours.

EMS does an excellent job in assisting students in an emergency, often from alcohol consumption.

We have a Green Dot certification program with the aim to increase awareness and to minimise sexual assault and abusive behaviour on campus.

Bates policy respects the privacy of the students, since while Security can check the rooms, they cannot enter without permission if the door is closed.

Bates Security has very close ties with Lewiston police. Bates ensures we have good relationships with the police by having policemen many times dining in Commons in a very friendly atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Everyone is looking out for each other.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lewiston isn't a pretty city, but it's much safer than most cities.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bates College is very safe. Its not like Bowdoin. Everyone really looks out for everyone and makes sure people are safe. There are a ton of programs that help Batsies life safe and healthy lives.

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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 19 responses

  • 33% None
  • 17% Walking alone
  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 14 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 37% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 26% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 32% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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