Rules and Expectations


In the days of Mr. and Mrs. Boyden, a rulebook didn’t exist; Mr. Boyden would simply say, “We don’t do that sort of thing at Deerfield.” Today, we’ve found it helpful to codify at least some of our expectations, but this handbook is by no means comprehensive.

It is impossible for us to list every rule. In Mr. Boyden’s day and now, we expect Deerfield students to have a solid grounding in the difference between right and wrong and to use that understanding as a guide in the decisions they make each day.

The expectations here reflect what really matters at Deerfield: The value of community good over individual interests. They are meant to keep students safe, to ensure that all members of our community can access the full Deerfield experience, and to cultivate the judgment required for a lifetime of thoughtful decision-making.

Scope, Jurisdiction, and Reporting

Simply stated, these rules apply during the entire duration of enrollment at Deerfield: from the first moment students arrive on campus until they depart after graduation, online and offline. Particularly during that time, a student’s behavior should never jeopardize the welfare or reputation of the Academy or other Deerfield students.

At all times during enrollment—including school trips, during personal travel, and during vacation periods—students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with school expectations. School disciplinary procedures may be applied if the Academy is presented with information that students have violated school expectations while away; such infractions may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Students should note that faculty and staff are obligated to report rule violations and student misconduct—regardless of circumstance or method of discovery. These rules are not a legal contract, nor do they grant any additional rights or guarantees.


View the 2016-2017 Rules and Expectations for Deerfield Academy Students handbook.