Fundamental Rules & Regulations


The Academy assumes that its students enter the school with a serious purpose, and that conscience and good sense are in the main a sufficient guide to behavior. Above all, the Academy expects honesty from its students.

The Summer School, with its balance of commitments to academics, extracurricular activities, sports, and dorm life, helps students develop a sense of responsibility for personal conduct and for the well-being of the larger community. To this end, the Academy encourages freedom within reasonable limitations, and enforces rules defining these limitations, which are necessary to maintain relative freedom for all.

Summer School students are expected to meet all required appointments. In the dormitories, evening check-in hours are enforced, and after 8:00 p.m. resident faculty maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to study. Smoking is forbidden, the possession and use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited, and students are required to observe the regulations concerning how and when they may travel off campus. After check-in hours, students are required to remain in their dormitories. Students who enter Exeter with serious purpose find little difficulty in complying with these requirements. The regulations are few and simple; they are based upon common sense, courtesy, and mutual trust.

Fundamental Rules

The faculty may at any time dismiss a student from the Summer School for committing or attempting to commit any of the following offenses, including a first offense:

  1. Hazing other students. Hazing is defined as harassing, intimidating, bullying, or coercing another student with the purpose or result of embarrassment, disturbance, or humiliation. 
  2. Dishonest acts of any kind, including plagiarism or the unauthorized removal of materials from the Library. 
  3. The purchase, possession, use, or distribution of:
    • any illicit or illegal drug, including marijuana
    • any prescription drug in a manner not consistent with the instructions of the prescribing physician
    • legal over-the-counter drugs, or "home-made" preparations or remedies for purposes other than legitimate medical treatment or
    • prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in a form that would not normally be purchased. Possession of paraphernalia that are customarily used for illegal drug use or drug abuse will be considered a violation of this rule.
    • Leaving Exeter without permission. 
    • Absence from the dorm without permission after reporting hours at night. 
    • Purchasing, possessing, drinking, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, or the possession of empty alcoholic beverage containers. 
    • Gambling for money. 
    • Unauthorized visiting of boys to girls' rooms or of girls to boys' rooms. 
    • Actions that create a fire hazard; this includes smoking (which is not permitted during Summer School) or burning any material in student rooms, possessing or using fire crackers, and tampering with fire extinguishers or fire alarm systems.
    • Students are not permitted to use or have custody of any weapons, including those used for martial arts, any type of firearms, stun guns, TASERs, or air guns of any sort, including BB guns.
    • Use of skateboards, scooters, rollerblades/skates, bicycles or any other wheeled vehicle or device, except a wheelchair or ambulatory device is prohibited.

    Students who choose to remain present while others violate rules governing the use of alcohol or other drugs, or while others commit hazing, may be subject to major disciplinary action. The faculty may also dismiss a student for violating or attempting to violate, or choosing to remain present during the violation of, any other rules and regulations of the Summer School. Students may also be dismissed for unsatisfactory conduct, for a generally unsatisfactory record, or for conduct injurious or dangerous to themselves, to the Summer School, or to others. Failure to know the rules and regulations is not a defense. Summer School's interest in the conduct of students away from campus during the session is the same as it is in their conduct on campus. Summer School may hold students accountable for their off-campus and online conduct in appropriate ways, including a disciplinary response.

    The aim of regulations governing day students is to enable them to share the boarding experience as much as possible while recognizing their status as students who live at home. The behavior of day students is governed by the rules that apply to all Academy students; and day students are expected to conform, as far as practicable, to the same regulations as boarding students. Day students are under the supervision of their parents when they are home. UPPER SCHOOL day students are expected to be off-campus by 9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. for ACCESS EXETER day students) Sunday through Friday, and 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

    Care of Academy Property

    Students are expected to maintain their rooms in good repair and to follow faculty instructions regarding their upkeep.

    Students are financially responsible for damage and/or abuse of Academy property.

    In order to insure the safety and well-being of the students, faculty, and staff, and/or to comply with state and local fire regulations, the following policies must be followed. Violations of the following regulations could result in disciplinary action.

    1. Student rooms must be kept neat and clean. 
    2. Pets are not permitted in student rooms. 
    3. Extension cords must be UL approved and wire size must be a minimum of #16. Items plugged into any cord must not draw more than 1,200 watts. No more than one extension cord per room is allowed. 
    4. The following items are NOT permitted in student rooms: beanbag chairs, refrigerators, televisions, and all heat-producing items including flat irons, coffee pots, corn poppers, hot plates, toasters, electric immersion coils, high-voltage electrical appliances, halogen floor lamps, and high intensity lamps that generate excessive heat. Bulbs in student lamps must not exceed a 60-watt rating. 
    5. Candles, incense, and other open-flame devices are not permitted. 
    6. The following electrical items ARE allowed in students rooms: electric razors, clocks, radios, computers, stereos, and hair dryers (portable only). Personal computers are allowed in dorm rooms, but television receivers may not be used as monitors.

    Dress Code

    Dress is informal, but students are expected to be well groomed and to use good taste in their choice of clothing. Shorts or slacks are usually worn to class. For some occasions coats and ties are needed by boys, and girls frequently wear dresses. Footwear is required for class, dining hall, library, and all official school functions. Hats are considered outdoor wear and are not to be worn indoors. During class, students should refrain from wearing clothing that will be distracting to their classmates or the task at hand.

    Motor Vehicles

    If a day student is a licensed driver, he or she may drive between home and campus. Assuming proper insurance and parental approval, he or she may also give rides to other day students for commuting. Once on campus, the vehicle must remain parked in approved locations. Boarding students may not possess or rent motor vehicles on campus or in the Exeter vicinity. Students may not accept rides from passing motorists while under the jurisdiction of Summer School. Boarders may not ride in vehicles, including any form of public transportation, without parental and Summer School permission.


    The Summer School believes that the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco use have been convincingly demonstrated; consequently we do not allow students to use tobacco in any form during the session. Because the rule is strictly enforced, no student should enroll with the expectation of being permitted to use tobacco.

    Weekend Out-of-Town Permissions

    After the first weekend, which is closed for orientation and special activities, students in good standing who have on file a Parental Permission form with the appropriate written permission from their parents, may take weekend leaves. Weekends begin after a student's last class on Saturday and end at 9:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. for ACCESS EXETER) on Sunday. Following the specified process, details of weekend plans must be registered in the Summer School Office, and only after official approval may a student leave campus. These procedures are defined in materials that will be mailed to each family of enrolled students prior to the opening of Summer School. Unless students are participating in a trip sponsored by the Summer School, they must not leave the town of Exeter without following specific out-of-town guidelines.