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Written Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6:20pm

CAMPUS STATUS UPDATE; 6:20 p.m. 10.27.2023

Bates Community - 

In a news conference a few minutes ago, a representative of the Maine Department of Public Safety indicated that the shelter-in-place order has been lifted effective immediately, though the manhunt continues. Some restrictions will remain in place.

We continue to follow the guidance of our Maine public safety authorities, and advise our community to continue to be vigilant and make decisions about being outside in a way that is most comfortable for them. We will retain keycard access on all Bates facilities. 

[Please see the email with subject "CAMPUS STATUS UPDATE; 6:20 p.m. 10.27.2023" for the dining schedule.]

  • Athletic facilities will be open tomorrow for fitness from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and regular hours will resume on Sunday, October 28. Please note that Merrill continues to be set up for the inauguration events that had been planned for today. As such, the Merrill track and tennis court area will remain closed until we are able to remove the current set-up. Please be advised that hot water and heat may not be available until the afternoon due to repairs underway.
  • Academic buildings will be available via keycard access.
  • Bobcat Express shuttle service will resume regular hours tomorrow.
  • We encourage students to be prudent and thoughtful about their time outside of college buildings and off campus, and to continue to avoid congregating in large groups in public spaces until we learn more. We recognize that some students may not feel comfortable moving around outside; in this case, you should stay in your room and have a friend pick-up a meal for you. If you have a specific dietary concern and need support please contact Cheryl Lacey at 207-240-9896.

As we look to next week, classes will resume and will be held in person as of Monday, October 30. All college offices will be open. We recognize that some employees may need to take personal leave; please inform your supervisor if this is the case.

We anticipate an opportunity for the campus to gather to reflect, connect, and be in community. More details will be forthcoming.

We continue to emphasize the resources available to students and employees. Students who need support should reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services, the Multifaith Chaplaincy, and/or their Student Support Advisor. For employees, the Employee Assistance Program is available by calling 1-888-238-6232 at any time. You can also find additional critical incident resources on the HR Homepage.

Stay vigilant, stay safe,