The Advanced Studies Program at St. Paul’s School is a community of scholars. It is assumed that all students come to St. Paul’s for five weeks of serious study – balanced with wholesome recreation. The session is brief and intensive, and the emphasis throughout the summer is on self-discipline and personal responsibility. Students are expected to use common sense and intelligence in their behavior and to live amicably, respecting the rights, interests and property of others. Anyone unable to assume the responsibility of living within the Program rules and regulations should not attend the Program.
All final disciplinary decisions rest with the ASP Director, who has the authority to impose such disciplinary action as is warranted. The Director, in consultation (under normal circumstances and when possible) with teachers, house supervisors, interns and/or assistant directors, may suspend or dismiss any student who violates a rule or regulation or if he believes it to be in the best interests of the student or the School. Students dismissed from the Program will not be considered ASP graduates or be entitled to an ASP transcript.
Program Rules and Expectations
- You must not violate any federal, state, or local laws
- You must respect the rights of others. Physical or verbal assault of another person, including without limitation fighting, bullying, or hazing, is prohibited. Any type of harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited.
- You are expected to be honest. Any type of deceitful behavior, including without limitation lying, cheating, plagiarism, or theft, is unacceptable at St. Paul’s School.
- Your behavior must not endanger the health or safety of yourself or others. Unacceptable behavior includes without limitation tampering with alarms or fire safety equipment, smoking in a building, burning incense or candles, or the use of fire in any School building in an area not specifically designed for that purpose. Also, the unauthorized use or possession of weapons, firearms, explosives, or dangerous combustibles on the SPS grounds is not permitted under any circumstances.
- Your behavior must never jeopardize the welfare or good name of the School. You should be aware that certain activities even outside of Program hours or off School property may result in the loss of Program privileges and other disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal.
- While off School grounds, you are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the Program’s rules and regulations. Program disciplinary procedures may be applied when the Program discovers that violations of Program rules or regulations have occurred while away on a weekend or off School grounds during approved times.
- You are expected to be completely free of illegal drugs and alcohol while enrolled at St. Paul’s School. Possession, supply, consumption, or sale of alcohol or any illegal substance, including tobacco, is prohibited.
- You must not be in the presence of alcohol or any illegal substance while at St. Paul’s School. Being in the presence of the use or possession of alcohol or any illegal substance is prohibited. In addition, if alcohol or an illegal substance is found in your room and no person acknowledges possession of the substance, you and any other resident(s) of the room will be responsible for possession of the substance.
- You must not abuse medication or deliberately circumvent the School’s medication management policy.
- You are expected to use all forms of technology in an appropriate and respectful manner. Use or misuse of computers or computer Web sites, voicemail, electronic messaging systems, electronic mail, the School’s Internet or Intranet sites (personal, at home, or at School), which do – or could – impact the welfare of any member of the School community or the reputation or functioning of the School will not be tolerated.
- You must be present in your house at check-in and remain in the house afterwards. You must not leave the house after check-in or before 6 a.m. the next day.
- When students visit other dormitories, non-residents of that dorm are only allowed in the public common room area.
- Evening study hours are strictly enforced.
- No pets of any kind are allowed in the dorms.
- No automobiles or motorcycles. Students may ride only with approved drivers (see Permission/Release Form).
The Advanced Studies Program understands that adolescence is a time during which young adults develop personal and intimate relationships. The ASP respects its students and seeks to affirm and support young people as they develop a capacity for affection and commitment. The Program also is aware of the serious physical, emotional, social, and legal consequences that can result from intimate sexual contact between young people. The actions of all should remain appropriate in all public, semi-private, and private contexts. Hand holding, having one’s arm around a partner, or a quick kiss are examples of appropriate public expressions of affection. Overly passionate displays of affection (e.g., prolonged touching or kissing, the removal of clothing, or any type of sexual intercourse) are not appropriate actions in public, semi-private, or private locations and are prohibited while enrolled in the Program.
Any and all sexual advances or conduct between adults and students is prohibited. The Advanced Studies Program condemns and expressly prohibits sexual contact or relationships between adults and students, and sexual harassment of any kind.
Sexual harassment is defined as sexual advances (either verbal or physical), requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature which affects a student’s emotional well-being or which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning or social environment.
Sexual harassment can take various forms, many of which violate state or federal laws. Not all forms of sexual harassment may be readily apparent to every member of the community. It may be direct and overt, or it may be subtle and ambiguous. It may be behavior that is repeated, or it may be behavior that occurs only once. It is not social or courting behavior between equals, but rather the assertion of power over another individual that puts that individual at a disadvantage.
Individuals might unintentionally act in a manner that others experience as sexually harassing. It is the responsibility of all members of the community to ensure that their words, actions, and interactions with others always reflect the intent to promote respect and trust. Attempts to justify such behavior as a “prank” or “joke” do not change its harassing nature if the object of the joke is not a willing participant. Whatever the basis for the harassment, it is prohibited.
The Advanced Studies Program will not tolerate and responds vigorously to any reported harassment, discrimination, bullying, hazing or sexual harassment of students, faculty, staff, or family members of employees residing on the grounds. Even when students or adults are not certain about whether they have been subject to or witnessed harassment, discrimination, hazing, or bullying, it is important that the behavior be reported.
An individual who needs to report an incident of harassment, discrimination, bullying, hazing, or sexual harassment may do so through one of three means:
- Report the incident directly to the Program’s Director or Clark House personnel (the Health Center)
- Report the incident to any trusted adult in the community (e.g. one’s intern, teacher, house supervisor, college counselor, the athletic director, or an assistant director)
- Submit a report via Lighthouse Services. Lighthouse is an independent company hired by St. Paul’s School to provide a means for community members to report incidents without identifying the source of the report. Lighthouse can be contacted by:
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (tell them you are at St. Paul’s School)
Fax: 215-689-3885 (tell them you are at SPS)
Although there are circumstances in which an anonymous report can be better than none at all, it is far more difficult to determine the facts of what occurred if complaints are made anonymously. Also, while the Program cannot promise strict confidentiality, because information must be shared in order to conduct an effective investigation, the Program releases information concerning complaints of harassment, discrimination, hazing, bullying, and retaliation only on a need-to-know basis, such as to conduct a comprehensive investigation or to ensure that the requirements of this policy and applicable law are met.
Cell Phone Policy
In the interest of students being present and engaged with their peers, other community members, and their natural surroundings at all times, the Advanced Studies Program has a strictly enforced cell phone policy. Students are allowed to bring cell phones (or any other wireless connecting devices) to the ASP. Please note that a student’s cell phone should be kept in his/her dormitory room and can only be used while in or immediately outside the owner’s respective dormitory. Exceptions to this rule will only be made for the most extenuating of circumstances and must be approved by the Director.
Absences, Free Time, and Visitors
Since the summer term is a short one, weekend or overnight absences (other than those discussed below) must be cleared with the Director in advance. Except for very, very unusual circumstances, students are expected to be in attendance every day of the Program, from June 25 to July 31. Requests for such permission should be made in writing to the Director. All class, recreation, and study appointments must be met unless excused by the School medical staff or the Director. Students should be aware that while we would like to be accommodating to all, guests/visitors are not permitted to eat meals at the dining hall.
With the exception of the first weekend, June 25 and 26, students have free time to leave campus or entertain visitors on campus as follows. Students should be aware that while we would like to be accommodating to all, guests/visitors are not permitted to eat meals at the dining hall.
Wednesday Afternoons: Leave after classes; return no later than 7:30 p.m. Visitors: Between 12:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Afternoons: Leave after classes; return no later than 7:30 p.m. Visitors: Between 12:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays: Leave any time after 7 a.m.; return no later than 7 p.m. Visitors: Between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Overnight: Students are allowed to leave after classes on Saturday and return by 7:30 p.m. on Sunday with the Director’s permission.
Visitors: All visitors to the grounds must check in and out with the Director or Assistant Director on duty.
When Leaving the School Grounds
Students may leave only during approved absence times Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, unless they have received prior approval from the Director for additional absences.
Sign out with the Assistant Director on duty when you leave and check back in upon your return.
You may ride only with approved drivers. Bikers must wear helmets, should use caution, and not ride on sidewalks in Concord.
Health Insurance and Information
You are responsible for your own health and accident insurance and for all medical expenses during the summer term. All students must have health insurance.
If you are sick, please report to your house supervisor for emergency service at any time. Advise your house supervisor or intern if you are reporting to the Health Center. The Health Center is open 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. every day. The health center staff will make an attempt to reach parents in the case of illness or injury, so that students may see their primary care provider when appropriate and receive services within the scope of their insurance plan. For any serious illness/injury or when arrangements cannot be made with the parents, the ASP will make use of Concord Hospital or the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, both of which are one-half mile from the school.
Parents or guardians are required to provide the ASP with a list of all medications that the student currently takes. This information should be provided on the Health Record form, under Consent for Self-Administration of Medications. In accordance with School policy, ASP students may self-administer the following medications with parental permission.
- Class 1- Non-Prescription Medications: Any non-prescription medications such as dietary supplements, vitamins, or herbal remedies.
- Class 2 - Topical Prescribed Medications and Certain Oral Prescribed Medications: Topically applied creams for the treatment of acne, oral antibiotics, oral medications for the treatment of allergies, and oral contraceptives.
- Class 3 - Emergency Medications: Asthma inhalers, epinephrine auto-injectors, insulin and other similar emergency medications.
The following classes of medication must be administered through the Clark House (see below for procedure):
- Class 4 - All narcotic, stimulant, and psychotropic medications
- Class 5 - All other prescription drugs not otherwise classified.
Class 4 and 5 medications will be administered by nurses on a daily basis. All students taking Class 4 or 5 medications must bring an extra pre-labeled bottle from the original prescribing pharmacist to put his/her medication into each day. The student will be responsible for bringing the extra bottle with him to the Health Center each day for the daily dose, which they can self-administer at the appropriate time.
The ASP reserves the right to revoke a student’s right to self-administer any medication when, in the professional judgment of Clark House medical staff, the student has demonstrated an inability to self-medicate safely.
Upon arrival at School you will be assigned to a House (dormitory). Your mail should be addressed as follows:
Your Name - _______ House
St. Paul’s School (ASP)
325 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-2591
An overview of important numbers and procedures is provided below:
Advanced Studies Program Office (to reach the ASP Secretary and Director’s office):
Phone: (603) 229-4777 (mornings only), or (603) 229-4716
E-Mail: email@example.com, Fax: (603)229-4767
St. Paul’s School Switchboard Operator: (603) 229-4600
St. Paul’s School Security (in case of emergency, after hours): (603) 229-4646
Students are permitted to bring bicycles. Sturdy locks must be used to avoid “tempting” others. Bikes will need to be stored on bike racks outside dorms. All students, staff, faculty and interns are required to wear securely-fastened helmets when using skateboards, bikes, scooters, in-line skates, roller blades and other transport of this nature.
In the classroom and for most meals informal dress is appropriate, but please avoid extremes. All clothing should be neat, clean and in good repair. Students are expected to dress respectfully, sensibly, and appropriately at all times. Any ostentatious display of clothing, possessions, or sexuality is inappropriate. Shorts, slacks, tennis shirts, sports shirts, and sandals are appropriate for most of the summer. Shorts and skirts must be mid-thigh length or longer. T-shirts displaying inappropriate language or logos will not be permitted. For occasions such as Graduation, appropriate semi-formal attire is required (i.e. dress, dress pants, skirt, coat, tie). Footwear must be worn at all times.
Bedding and Linen
You must bring your own linen, including sheets, pillows, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths, and blankets. We usually have some cooler nights early in the summer term. Most beds are extra-long twin size; so please plan accordingly. Also, bringing a mattress pad or cover is suggested.
Washers and dryers are available in each house; you will need to supply your own detergent.
St. Paul’s School insurance does not cover personal items in the houses. Students should remember this as they plan what to bring for the summer term.
You are encouraged to bring musical instruments, but they should not be played in the houses during study periods. Students often perform at Chapel services, in the Talent Show, and on special occasions. Various musical and singing groups are usually formed during the summer.
Fans, clocks, computers, electric hair dryers are permissible; refrigerators, air conditioners and TV sets are not. Students are welcome to bring their own computers and printers, although these are not required. The School has several computers and printers available in various buildings for student use. If you bring a radio or music player, you must bring earphones for use during study hours.
Student rooms are furnished with beds, desks, desk chairs, wardrobes or closets and bureaus. Please bring your own desk lamp and fan. Since the summer term is short, there is no need for a lot of extras.
Books and Supplies
You will receive textbooks on Saturday in your classes. You will be expected to provide your own notebooks, paper, pencils, and pens. You may bring these items with you or come prepared to purchase them at the School Store.
Tuition covers virtually all necessary summer expenses. Nevertheless, students are encouraged to have some spending money ($50-$100) for expenses such as bookstore items, dorm snacks, trips to town during free time, and summer-end t-shirts.
There will be a limited number of softball gloves, tennis rackets, frisbees, and other equipment available. If you own these or other sports equipment which you’d like to use, please bring them with you. For squash and tennis court use, you must have non-marking tennis sneakers.
St. Paul’s School will provide e-mail addresses to summer students. Students can access email through a web browser at webmail.sps.edu. The email is accessible both on and off-campus. Credentials will be given out during IT orientation.
The technology resources available to ASP students include email, file storage on campus servers, campus-wide high-speed internet access, wireless networking, and access to school printers. There are over 75 public computers. Public computers are available in the Lindsay Center for Math and Science, Ohrstrom Library, and Schoolhouse building. Each student house has a Mac and a Windows workstation along with a printer available.
You are invited to bring your own computer and printer, although these are not necessary (see below for more information). Computer training will be provided in the opening days of the Program. All students will need to sign an Appropriate Use form during orientation before they can log onto the network. Students found using the campus technology resources in violation of the Appropriate Use guidelines will be subject to disciplinary actions as deemed appropriate by the ASP Director.
Computer support will be available throughout the summer; the Help Desk is staffed Monday - Friday, 8-4. The IT tech shop is located in the lower level of the Schoolhouse and can be reached by phone using x2000 and via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I choose to bring a computer, what kind should I bring?
A Macintosh or a Windows-based computer is fine. It is recommended that your computer meet the following specifications:
- Operating System: Windows 7, 8, or 10
- Productivity Software: Microsoft Office Standard, OpenOffice, LibreOffice
- RAM: 8GB (Minimum recommended)
- Hard Disk: 200 Gb or higher
- Operating System: OS X (Mountain Lion) or higher
- Productivity Software: Microsoft Office Standard, OpenOffice, LibreOffice
- RAM: 8GB (Minimum recommended)
- Hard Disk: 200 Gb or higher
SPS network access is provided for every student, and SPS Secure wireless is available in all student houses and academic spaces. Your computer must have wireless network that meets the minimum specifications described above. Most laptops come equipped with wireless networking. Credentials will be given out during IT orientation.
To protect your personal computer and others on the School network, you must also have virus scanning software installed and configured to automatically update. Computers identified by the campus systems without appropriate antivirus protection and/or exhibiting virus like symptoms will be prohibited from accessing the SPS network.
House common rooms each have public computers and laser printer. Student’s personal computers may be configured to print to the public printers in the house common rooms.
Wireless networking is available in all Academic locations, the Ohrstrom library, the Friedman Center, and in each student house. Each student will receive unique network credentials during orientation which will permit them to attach their personal computers to the campus’ secure wireless network.
A nurse is available daily from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Clark House, the St. Paul’s School health center. The Concord Hospital and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic are one-half mile from the School. As necessary, the ASP also has the services of the resident SPS medical director in Clark House.
Students must submit a medical form and immunization record filled out by parents or family physician. For the summer of 2022, the COVID-19 vaccine will be required. Each student must have appropriate accident and health insurance throughout the program.
The safety of its students is the single most important responsibility of the ASP program. While everyone on campus shares in the responsibility of assuring safety for themselves and others in community, the Safety and Security Department is on duty and available every hour of every day and night. With rules such as housing sign-outs and check-in times, Security officers, heads of house, teaching interns, and other adults are vigilant about each student’s safety.