Code of Conduct

Bates College is dedicated to providing a safe and collaborative symposium experience. To provide all participants – members and other attendees, speakers, exhibitors, staff and volunteers – the opportunity to benefit from the event, Bates is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion or other group identity.

Here are some small actions you can take that will help us to meet this goal:

  • Listening as much as you speak and remembering that colleagues may have expertise you are unaware of
  • Encouraging and yielding the floor to those whose viewpoints may be under-represented in a group
  • Using welcoming language, for instance by honoring pronoun preferences and favoring gender-neutral collective nouns (“people,” not “guys”)
  • Accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively
  • Giving credit where it is due
  • Seeking concrete ways to make physical spaces and online resources more universally accessible
  • Staying alert to the welfare of those around you

Anti-Harassment Policy

Bates College is dedicated to providing a harassment-free symposium experience for everyone. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all symposium venues, including online venues, and symposium social events. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. symposium participants seek to learn, network and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the symposium organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the symposium.

Reporting Hostile or Harassing Conduct

If you believe you are being harassed or that someone else is being harassed, or you have any other concerns in this regard, you may submit a confidential report: Visitors to Bates will have access to on-campus safety resources including the Bates Title IX Officer and Campus Security. You may also reach out to a symposium organizer. Bates symposium organizers can be identified by the badges labeled with “Organizer.” Organizers will be happy to help participants contact campus security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the symposium.

Where a report of hostile or harassing conduct is made reasonable measures will be taken to establish the facts. This will typically include discussion with witnesses, if any, and the person accused of engaging in the prohibited conduct. Inquiries will be carried out as confidentially as possible given the circumstances.

If anyone knowingly makes false accusation of harassment or knowingly provides false information in the course of an investigation of complaint may be grounds for discipline. A complaint made in good faith, even if found to be unsubstantiated, will not be considered a false accusation.

Creating a Climate of Mutual Respect

Bates values the diversity of persons, perspectives, and convictions. Critical thinking, rigorous analysis, and open discussion of a full range of ideas lie at the heart of the college’s mission as an institution of higher learning. The college seeks to encourage inquiry and reasoned dialogue in a climate of mutual respect.

Safety and Security Contact Information

Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow
207-786-6445 |

Security and Campus Safety
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
245 College Street | 207-786-6254 | Emergency: 207-786-6111

How to file a complaint with local law enforcement
Information on Bates Harassment Reporting Policy