Code of Conduct
Rules and Policies

Academic Integrity

A Punahou education is defined by high standards of academic performance and integrity in our work. We expect students to conduct themselves honorably when they use or create information, works of scholarship, works of art or music and other products.
All Punahou students:

  • Are responsible for their own work
  • Fulfill commitments
  • Acknowledge the use of the ideas of others
  • Are guided by a sense of honesty

Students who plagiarize or cheat create situations where essential learning may be missed and the efforts of scholarship misunderstood. Students should be meticulous about reporting the sources from which they drew their information or ideas and the processes they used to produce academic work.


Plagiarism involves, but is not limited to:

  • Submitting or participating in the submission of a report, paper, theme, design or art project, notebook, homework assignment, outline, computer program or any other product that has been knowingly obtained or copied in whole or in part from another individual’s work without a clear identification of the source
  • Neglecting to identify a quotation, a documented idea, information acquired through a personal interview or a passage that is paraphrased in such a way that the reader is misled as to the source
  • Obtaining and using experimental data from other students without the expressed consent of the instructor; using experimental data and laboratory write-ups from other sections of the course or from previous terms when the course was conducted; fabricating data to fit the expected results


Cheating involves, but is not limited to:

  • Obtaining help from or giving help to another student during an individual quiz, test or examination
  • Obtaining, without authorization, a quiz, test, or examination, including using a camera or microphone to capture sensitive information
  • Submitting the same written or oral material in more than one course without obtaining authorization from the instructors involved
  • Using or appearing to use books, notes or any other unauthorized sources of information during a quiz, test or examination
  • Using information technology in a way that is intended to replace the student’s own work (e.g., using an electronic language translator without teacher permission, storing formulae in a graphing calculator in a test situation, etc.).  Altering any answers or grades after they have been submitted for grading or finalized
  • Forging, falsifying or altering any information on application forms, transcripts, school records or communication
  • Engaging in dishonest conduct in any competitive event

Punahou believes it is essential that action be taken when cheating and/or plagiarism occur. This action may include a range of consequences including disenrollment from the school.

Copyright Guidelines

Student Copyright Manual, by Dr. Jerome K. Miller
Copyright laws protect the authors and creators of books, poems, maps, magazine articles, games, films, videos, computer programs, music videos and other communication technologies, including material found through the internet.


Copyright laws give some rights to users to allow the copying of short quotations. “Fair use” is the right of an individual to quote a small part of a copyrighted work without asking permission or paying a fee.
Students in computer classes often enter text, data, illustrations or logarithms as part of a class requirement. Students producing media projects (slides, film, video, etc.) often copy pictures from books, scenes from videos or TV programs or music from records. In most cases, this appears to be a legitimate application of “fair use.”
Copying by students as a “learning exercise” is a “fair use.” If students copy pictures, music or text to produce a media project, that copying may be a “fair use” as long as the copy is only used for a school project. Students may submit the project for a grade, and the teacher may show it in class.
The key question concerns future uses of the material students produce for class assignments. Students may keep it for their own enjoyment and probably can show it to a prospective employer during a job interview. However, if it includes copies of copyrighted works, it is probably illegal to share a computer program on a bulletin board or to exchange it with friends. In the case of media productions, it may be illegal to show it to an audience. It is particularly important that students not broadcast the program or transmit it through a cable system without checking on copyright permissions. Punahou’s Copyright Advisor can help decide if a request for permission is necessary. If the only thing copied is music, the station or cable system’s licenses may cover the music, but verify that before the broadcast or cable transmission.