Concord Academy has rules that are intended to help students stay safe and live well together in the boarding community. Each house on campus has certain rules and guidelines established and enforced by the house parents.
Boarding students may not babysit off campus Sunday through Thursday evenings. Students who wish to babysit on campus must return to their houses by check-in.
8.02 Boarding Review Committee
A boarding student who demonstrates continued difficulty abiding by rules governing boarding life may face a Boarding Review Committee comprised of the director of residential life, the house parents, the student head of house, and the student’s advisor. The committee may recommend to the head of school that the student be placed on boarding probation. The committee may also recommend that the student may not continue living in a house on campus.
8.03 Cultural Events
Social activities on weeknights are discouraged, however students may request permission to miss study hall in order to attend a cultural event off campus. The cultural permission forms are available in the Student Life Office and must be approved by the student's advisor and the acting director of student life and returned to the house parent on duty prior to the event.
8.04 Late Nights & Lights Out
Concord Academy strives to help students learn healthy sleep habits. Freshmen and sophomores are expected to be in their own rooms or in the house bathrooms getting ready for bed by 10:30 p.m.; their lights should be off at 11:00 p.m. during the week. Juniors and seniors are expected to be in their own rooms by 11:00 p.m. At this time, the house should be quiet. During the week, lights-out for juniors is 11:30 p.m. and midnight for seniors. On Friday and Saturday nights, lights-out for freshmen and sophomores is midnight. Juniors and seniors are asked to turn their lights off at a reasonable time.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors needing extra time for study must request permission for a late night. Permission must be requested by 10:00 p.m., and study must begin immediately. All late nights end at 12:00 midnight. Late nights may not be requested on Sundays or upon return from a vacation or a long weekend. Late nights are limited to two per week.
8.05 Overnight Visitors
Boarding students may request permission to have overnight visitors of the same sex in student houses on Friday or Saturday (e.g., friends, siblings, alumnae/i). Students are responsible for the behavior of their overnight visitors, who are subject to all boarding rules. Students who wish to have overnight visitors must request permission from their house parent(s) by 8:00 p.m. of the day of the overnight. The parent must contact the house parent on duty by 8:00 p.m. on the day of the overnight. Boarding students wishing to stay with a friend in another house must request permission by 10:00 p.m. Overnight visitors must have parental permission to stay on campus. Students may not have overnight visitors during the school week unless the overnight is necessitated by school-related activities or is approved by the director of residential life or the acting director of student life and the student’s house parent(s).
8.06 Parietals and Visitation
Concord Academy supports all students, heterosexual and LGBTQ alike. Expectations and language shift quickly around these issues. The school reviews and updates policies regarding students in intimate relationships in as intentional and inclusive a way as possible.
Students may visit other students of the opposite gender identity in houses on campus during specified hours. Visitation privileges allow students and student visitors to be in common rooms only, not in rooms or hallways. The student host is responsible for ensuring that their guests behave appropriately, abide by boarding rules, and pick up any trash they created before departing.
Monday–Thursday 3:10–7:30 p.m.
Friday 3:10–11:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Boarding students may have visitors of the opposite gender identity in their rooms during specified hours:
Friday–Saturday 7:00–10:30 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Parietal privileges provide students with space and time for privacy, not sexual intimacy. Students who wish to have visitors of the opposite gender identity in their rooms must first introduce their visitor(s) to the house parent on duty and request permission for the visit. When visitors leave, students must have them check out with the house parent on duty. Doors to student rooms must be kept open during the specified parietal hours.
A first violation of parietals will result in a loss of privilege for two weeks.
A second violation will result in a loss of privilege for one month. Continued violations of parietal privileges will be considered a disciplinary offense and may be dealt with by the Discipline Committee.
Same Sex Parietals
Concord Academy welcomes and affirms its LGBTQ students. Parietal guidelines for same-sex couples begin with an emphasis on three principles.
- For same-sex couples, as for opposite-sex couples, parietals visits are for privacy and not for sexual intimacy;
- Because coming out can be very difficult, the school will not require gay and lesbian students to out themselves to house parents;
- At the same time, Concord Academy encourages LGBTQ students to be open and honest with their house parents as soon as they feel comfortable doing so.
Students who violate the same-sex parietal guidelines will receive the same treatment as those who violate opposite-sex parietals.
8.07 Permission Forms
Parents or guardians are required to complete a permission form that must be returned to the school before a student may enroll in the fall. The permission form is used as a guide for the house parents to understand parents’ wishes.
8.08 Permissions — Day Trips (White Slips)
When a boarding student intends to leave campus or the extended campus for the day, part of the day, or evening, including visiting the home of a day student on the extended campus or getting into a car, they must complete a white slip that must be signed and approved by the house parent on duty. Students on white slips must travel in pairs, at minimum, unless they are with an adult, and, upon returning to campus, must immediately check in personally with the house parent on duty.
Seniors are allowed to travel on public transportation alone (during daylight hours only) if their parents have granted them permission. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are not allowed on public transportation alone. Any student white slipping to Walden Pond must carry a cell phone and travel in threes. White slips are usually not granted to students on weekdays except by permission of the acting director of student life or the afternoon roamer.
8.09 Permissions — Overnight (Blue Slips)
When a boarding student intends to leave campus overnight on a weekend, they must submit a blue slip no later than Wednesday evening. Students on a blue slip must return to campus by 7:00 p.m. on Sundays (5:30 p.m. on Vespers weekends). Before leaving campus, students must confirm that their blue slip has been approved, complete their house jobs and have their rooms inspected by the house parent on duty. If there are any changes to the stated plans, either prior to departing campus or while on a blue slip, it is the student’s responsibility to connect with the house parent right away. Upon returning to campus, it is the responsibility of the student to check in personally with the house parent on duty.
When boarding students are on campus or on the extended campus, including downtown Concord, they are not required to white slip unless they intend to get into a car or visit the home of a day student within the extended campus. Maps showing which areas of Concord are considered part of the school’s extended campus are posted in each house. Students must check in personally every evening with the house parent on duty or the student head of house (on weeknights). Students must travel in pairs and carry a cell phone whenever they leave campus after dark. Students must also notify house parents about their weekend plans, regardless of whether those plans are on-campus or off-campus. Students must use the sign-out sheets posted in each house to notify house parents of their off-campus whereabouts on weekends. Students participating in a school-sponsored trip must indicate their participation on the sign-out sheet. If a student wishes to visit the Moriarty Athletic Campus as a spectator, they must sign out on the sign out sheet within each student house (and carry their cell phone in case of an emergency). If they are visiting the Moriarty Athletic Campus as part of a practice or game and an adult is present, they do not need to sign out. Falsification of sign-out sheets is an integrity violation and will be dealt with by the Discipline Committee.
8.11 Study Hall
Study hall takes place on campus 7:30–9:00 p.m. Sunday and 7:30–9:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday. Freshmen and sophomores must study either in the proctored study hall, under the supervision of an adult, or alone in their rooms under the supervision of the house parent on duty. Juniors and seniors may study in their rooms, in the CA library, or, with the permission of the house parent on duty, in the Concord Free Public Library. Juniors and seniors with special projects may also use the computer labs, media labs, art studios, and music practice rooms after signing in at the library. The SHAC is closed to students during study hall.
All juniors and seniors not studying in their houses or attending the proctored study hall must sign in at the library before 7:30 p.m. with the faculty member on duty, indicating an approved study area in which they must remain until the end of study hall. These policies also apply to day students who remain on campus during study hall hours.
The houses are quiet during study hall—showering, laundering, watching television, gaming, and using the phone are prohibited. Families and friends are asked not to contact students (i.e., by phone, text message, etc.) during study hall hours or after lights out.
Students new to the school may petition to study in their room, but only after academic comments have been posted in October. The assistant head/academic dean may grant permission for the study privileges, but only after consultation with a student’s parents, advisor, and the director of residential life. Decisions regarding study privileges are based on a student’s academic achievement, as well as on evidence of their study habits in the house or in proctored study hall.
Students in academic difficulty or students who misuse their study time may be restricted to a specific study area (e.g., proctored study hall, Sunday afternoon study hall in the library) or may lose other privileges.
Students are expected to complete a considerable amount of outside work for each of their classes. Two hours of study each night will rarely be enough time to complete all assignments. Consequently, after study hall, the houses and the library remain quiet for further study.
Before leaving campus on school vacations, students must clean their rooms thoroughly, complete their blue slips, and check out personally with the house parent on duty. Upon returning to campus from vacations, students must check in personally with the house parent on duty. Failing to clean a room thoroughly will result in work jobs or possible fines.
Understanding that it is difficult to schedule international flights, the school keeps one house open for an extra night at the beginning and end of each break. Students must be in touch with the director of residential life well in advance of the vacation to request extended overnight permission.