Code of Conduct
Rules and Policies

Additional Rules and Policies

Citizenship Infractions

The following actions constitute a violation of Punahou’s Code of Conduct and are considered major citizenship infractions. (Other major infractions were outlined earlier in Code of Conduct.)  Any of the following behaviors may result in disciplinary action, including expulsion.
Excessive absences from school, tardiness or problematic attendance patterns, whether the absences have been approved by the school or not, may result in a student’s disenrollment at the school’s sole discretion.
Any act of aggression or intimidation to any member of the Punahou community will not be tolerated and may be subject to disciplinary action.
Theft refers to stealing or unauthorized borrowing, including taking materials out of the library without following correct procedures, and taking someone else’s items from lockers or students’ bags. Students should not bring valuables to campus.
Refers to actions that could injure self or others, such as roof climbing or driving too fast on campus.
Refers to any intentional or reckless destruction or defacing of property, including graffiti.
Lying to school officials is strictly prohibited.
Students who are discovered off campus without a Green Slip, Privilege Card or who have not been excused by parents through the Attendance Office ahead of time will be assigned 10 demerits for a first offense. Repeat offenders will be subject to serious disciplinary action, including the loss of senior privileges and possibility of expulsion.
Students who refuse to comply with reasonable requests made by faculty or staff, or students who repeatedly fail to comply with school policies (including, but not limited to those relating to off-campus violations; attire policy violations; and attendance at Chapel, assemblies, homeroom or study halls) are insubordinate and may be subject to serious disciplinary action, including the possibility of expulsion.

Card Playing and Gambling

While card playing is permitted in certain areas, no dice or gambling are allowed. Magic, Pokemon and other Trading Card Games (TCG) are NOT allowed.

Media and School Communications

Punahou School seeks to safeguard student privacy in its communications about school programs and activities. There are a number of procedures in place to support this effort, which is managed by the Communications Office.

All media outlets and personnel, e.g., newspaper, television, filmmakers, etc., who wish to come on campus or who are invited to come on campus, are managed by the Communications Office. Access to students on campus is granted only upon approval by both the school and parent(s). Exceptions include Carnival and other public events.
Parents are asked to sign a media release as part of the enrollment agreement. This release allows school photographers and videographers to photograph or record students in the regular course of the school day or school activities for use by the School.
  • In ads, publications and videos targeted to external audiences, students may be identified with first and last names and class year, with parent approval.
  • The Communications Office contacts parents for special photo requests planned outside of the regular course of the school day and school activities.

Athletics and Title IX

While Punahou does not receive any federal financial assistance and is not covered by Title IX requirements, the school strives to provide its students with reasonable access to its athletics program and aspires to meet the requirements of Title IX in our athletics program.

Volunteer Drivers

Along with School buses and chartered transportation, Punahou enlists volunteer drivers (parents, etc.) to drive vehicles that transport students to off-campus activities both on Island and off-Island. Prior to providing transportation, volunteers are expected to obtain and sign Punahou’s Volunteer Driver Agreement from the School department they are providing transportation for, and adhere to the terms listed in the Volunteer Driver Agreement. In addition, the volunteers must adhere to all the additional terms in the School’s Code of Conduct.


Uber and Lyft have explicit policies governing underage riders. Those policies explain that one must be at least 18 years old in order to have an Uber or Lyft account and request rides; riders under 18 are required to be accompanied by an adult. Uber and Lyft drivers are required to decline ride requests by riders they believe are under 18. The school and its employees will not facilitate the hailing or boarding of ride sharing vehicles for students, nor does the school or its employees assume any responsibility for students or other members of the community who arrive to campus via a ride sharing service, or who board a ride sharing vehicle on or near campus.