Values and Honesty

The Deerfield Values Statement

Written and adopted by the Student Council in 2012, this statement guides all our actions, behavior, and conduct at Deerfield Academy. It reads:

“I will act with respect, honesty, and concern for others and will seek to inspire the same values in our community and beyond.”

This statement is the basis for every rule found in this book and should itself be regarded as the single most important rule at Deerfield.


Any community can survive only in an atmosphere where honesty—and the trust that results—is a guiding principle; at Deerfield we value honesty above all. Dishonesty is a breach of trust and subjects a student to disciplinary action. Any student who lies during a disciplinary hearing may be liable for dismissal.