​To the editors,

Mr. Vincent served Bates in the mailroom for six years before deciding to resign in January. When students raised questions about the circumstances of his departure, the college investigated the situation thoroughly, and found that in its employment of Mr. Vincent, Bates has met its obligations in a caring and conscientious manner and in accordance with college policy and the law.

The piece titled The Truth About Vinny, which was published on the front page of the March ​4th Student, makes a number of serious, inaccurate and potentially defamatory assertions about the actions of staff members in the Package Center and about the college’s handling of this matter. The authors of the op-ed had​ limited access to pertinent information regarding this issue. Publishing their assertions as unverified facts was irresponsible journalism. Even opinion pieces must be carefully vetted and fact-checked, and editors must always use their best editorial judgment when deciding what to publish.

Sincerely,

Kent Fischer

Bates College Director of Media Relations