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Concord Academy

01.0 Expectations of Common Trust

Every aspect of Concord Academy life depends upon the adherence to a covenant of common trust, which is guided by the twin principles of honor and good sense. The school relies on the mutual respect of all community members, including a genuine concern for the emotions, possessions, and personal rights of all persons. Implicit in this statement is the importance of honoring differences in individuals and allowing the development of each individual’s full potential within the context of community responsibility. The school can achieve its collective goals only if all its members respect one another. While each person strives to reach individual goals, they must bear in mind the goals of the community. As students move through their careers at Concord Academy, we expect that they will assume more responsibility for the welfare of the community. Prejudice or discrimination of any sort denies and threatens the school’s core values and therefore has no place at CA. Concord Academy maintains a longstanding practice of respecting individuals. Complete statements on CA’s policies regarding nondiscrimination are available for review in the Office of the Head of School.

We expect our students to be rigorous in their academic honesty and scrupulous in their behavior, and the school articulates those expectations through explanation, discussion, reciprocal aid, and tradition. The school also reinforces these standards through its rules, which establish the framework in which the best interests of all persons are served. The following acts are examples of behavior that endanger the safety and continuity of the community and consequently are not tolerated:

  • lying;

  • cheating;

  • stealing;

  • plagiarism;

  • disrespect;

  • violations of the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP);

  • hazing, bullying, fighting, and vandalism;

  • harassment, particularly on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

In addition, the school adheres to all federal, state, and town laws. Concord Academy believes that its rules codify the honor and good sense it expects of its students and help satisfy the school’s role as both an educational institution and a substitute parent for students under the school’s jurisdiction.

Concord Academy is strongly opposed to and deeply concerned by the dangers inherent in the use of alcohol or other drugs, and does not tolerate their use on or off campus.

It is the responsibility of all persons to act in accordance with the school’s regulations, which have been designed to ensure the safety and continuation of the community, and to maintain an environment where learning and trust are of the utmost importance. All students, are subject to the school’s rules, regardless of whether they are on or off campus. The school calls attention to the following explicit expectations of students under the school’s jurisdiction.