Code of Conduct
Rules and Policies

Use of Technology

Responsible Technology Use Policy

The use of internet access and technology at Punahou School is considered a privilege and responsibility. Students and parents must agree to Punahou School’s technology use policies, including the efficient, ethical and legal utilization of the Punahou network and internet resources.
Punahou staff may examine and monitor the use of Punahou-owned information technology (IT) resources, including, but not limited to, iPads, laptops, servers/network, files and communications to maintain system integrity and ensure that the system is used responsibly. Students who fail to follow the Punahou Responsible Technology Use Policy may lose their access privileges and face disciplinary action. Punahou may seize students’ electronic devices while an allegation is being investigated.

Punahou’s network and connection to the internet is essential to supporting the school’s educational objectives. Technology should provide education, research and resources and promote collaboration and communication by students, faculty and staff.
The network may also be used to obtain and transmit information relating to school, student and alumni events and activities, and to communicate with members of the Punahou family (trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni).
Your account, email, file storage and other related systems are provided to you for your use in furthering your education at Punahou School. These systems should not be used for other activities that are unrelated to your education at Punahou, such as creating accounts with other third-party services, like Spotify, iTunes or social media sites.

Students and adults are expected to maintain good citizenship and character in their online presence, abiding by the generally accepted rules of computing, network etiquette, privacy and online safety. These rules include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities or any other inappropriate language.
  • Do not use language in social media, messaging platforms, or any other service, that constitutes bullying or harassment of another student, faculty member, staff or any other person.
  • Do not reveal private information, including address, phone number or those of others.
  • There is no expectation of privacy while using Punahou School’s network, devices or systems.
  • Administrative staff have access to email, file stores and all other systems in use, and may report suspicious or inappropriate activity to the appropriate authorities.
  • Do not use computers or networks in such a way that would disrupt their use by others.

Any electronic communication with individuals, groups or institutions is done as an individual unless you have specific permission from a dean, principal or other administrator to act as a representative of Punahou School. Individuals are always identifiable as having an account at, and therefore, it must be clear that your views, ideas, questions, actions and other communications represent you as an individual and not Punahou School.

The following actions are strictly prohibited under the Responsible Use of Technology policy:

  • Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: threatening or obscene material or material protected by copyrights or trade secrets.
  • Printing or downloading of copyrighted materials such as music, motion pictures, magazines, newspapers and other publications is prohibited unless authorized by the copyright owner or his/her licensee or allowed under the Fair Use Doctrine (see also Copyright Guidelines).
  • School computers and/or the Punahou School network may not be used to bully, threaten or intimidate others; to misrepresent yourself or others or to cause harm to the network or others.
  • Use of the Punahou systems and network resources for commercial or business activities, other than those of Punahou, is prohibited.
  • Use of the network for solicitations unrelated to Punahou, product advertisements or promotions, and political lobbying or campaigns (other than for school and alumni association offices) is prohibited.
  • Distribution or sale of any Punahou email addresses to merchandisers or other mass marketing operations that may generate unsolicited email messages (“spam”) is prohibited. For similar reasons, giving Punahou email addresses to retailers and making online purchases through the network, except in connection with Punahou business, is strongly discouraged.
  • The attempt to use any system or create a program to interfere with, change, or interact with programs, security settings, systems, networks, or devices that are the property of Punahou and are used for school related purposes by students, their parents and staff is prohibited.
  • The attempt to circumvent security settings and content filters using tools such as proxies or VPN (Virtual Private Network) clients to access websites blocked by Punahou is prohibited.

Backup your data. Punahou School makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the service it is providing. Punahou is not responsible for any loss or damage suffered through the use of its systems or networks, or the inability to use them. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, misdeliveries or service interruptions. Use of any information obtained via the Punahou network is at the individual’s risk. Punahou specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its network and internet services.

Security on any Punahou account is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users. Anyone who identifies a security problem must notify a system administrator in the IT Help Desk. Problems should not be demonstrated to other users. A user should not give a password to another person or use another individual’s access information. Giving access information to anyone or attempting to log in to a Punahou computer or network or to the internet using another person’s account may result in immediate cancellation of user privileges.

Punahou endeavors to provide appropriate, supervised access to its network and to the internet based on the age of the student and on the classroom or lab situation. It is clear, however, that supervision can never be complete and individual users are expected to accept responsibility for their own actions. All students who access the internet agree to accept the responsibilities outlined in these guidelines.

Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data of the school or of another user, the internet or any other network that is connected to the internet.

Non-sanctioned devices, such as personally-owned laptops or cell phones, pose a great risk to the security and stability of the Punahou School network. At no time should students, staff or faculty connect any personally owned or personally acquired devices to any Punahou School network, other than the guest wireless network. This rule extends to network components, such as switches and wireless access points. Such devices may be shunned from all Punahou School networks permanently and potentially confiscated.

All terms and conditions stated here are applicable to all Punahou School devices, facilities and networks in addition to the internet. These terms and conditions shall be governed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Hawaii and the U.S.

Cell Phones and Smartphones

The use of personal or school-provided cellular and smartphone devices should be mindful of our educational mission and not detract from or interfere with the ability of a student, employee, volunteer or contractor to perform and complete his/her duties and responsibilities. Students must be respectful of their peers and educators by turning off phones or setting them to silent mode and refraining from checking for messages during school hours.

Social Media Policy

Portions of this policy were adopted from, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Social media offers valuable opportunities for students to connect with each other and with individuals outside the Punahou community; share experiences and educational resources; and even create their own content. However, there is a time and place to engage in social media activities. There are age-appropriate policies regarding access to personal devices and social media. Students should not be using any devices. All students are expected to honor the minimum age policies of the social media sites which they use and are expected to abide by the policies of their grade level around device and social media use during the school day.
While social media enables students to communicate with friends and classmates outside the classroom and away from campus, it should never be used as a tool to harass, ostracize, bully or otherwise harm any person in the Punahou community. Punahou’s social media policy strictly prohibits any action that could be construed as cyberbullying, as defined in the Code of Conduct.

Punahou offers the following social media guidelines as a recommendation for student safety and well-being:

  • Always use good judgment when communicating online. It is best not to communicate with strangers.
  • Remember that people are not always who they say they are.
  • If you receive any unwanted contact or communication from a stranger or person you know that makes you feel uncomfortable, tell an adult.
  • Refrain from sharing your personal information online, such as your full name, address, birthdate, school schedule, phone number, email address, etc. Any information you share on your social network or via direct message can be made public, even if your profile is private.
  • Online interaction with faculty and staff should be limited to educational or professional communication.

Damaged or Lost Computers and Devices Policy

Punahou School has implemented a policy for personally assigned devices and other electronic devices that belong to the school and are under the care of students.
The policy applies to devices that are lost, stolen or incur physical damage, beyond “normal” device failures, that would be expected of equipment under normal care and use.


In the event a personally assigned device is reported as lost, stolen or damaged to the Information Technology HelpDesk, IT will document the incident details in the service management system, including dents, warped device casing, cracked screens, engraving, deep gauges, apparent damage from liquid and others signs of distress.
Based on the circumstances, IT may either offer the student a loaner device while the student’s device is being repaired or may issue a permanent replacement.


Parents/guardians will be charged a technology repair/replacement fee when their child damages or loses possession of the computer device assigned to them for the school year. Fees will be assessed per the below schedule:

Damaged & Lost Devices:
  • First occurrence: Parents/guardians charged 50% of the repair or replacement costs (minimum $100)
  • Second occurrence: Parents/guardians charged 100% of the repair or replacement costs (minimum $100)

Stolen Devices:

  • Replacement fee will be waived provided the student’s parent or guardian provides Punahou School with a copy of the police report generated for the missing device.
  • Stolen – First occurrence no police report provided Parents/guardians charged 50% of the replacement costs
  • Stolen – Second occurrence no police report provided Parents/guardians charged 100% of the replacement costs

Punahou IT will send monthly reports to the business office specifying details of damaged/ lost devices. Any fees will be subject to the same policies as other outstanding balances and may impact the students’ graduation status.


Executive leadership has the authority to waive any damaged device fee. In some cases, special circumstances may apply where responsibility and cause of the damaged device is totally out of control of the owner (e.g., one student intentionally damages another student’s device). These situations may be better treated as discipline cases, whereby discipline and restitution are handled by the deans.