Honor Code

Our traditions are a vital force: They bridge the generations, bond new students with old, and help us build our community. Best of all, they’re a lot of fun and help make Chatham Hall the unique place it is.

The Chatham Hall community and all of its traditions build on the foundation of the Honor Code and the Purple and Golden Rule. Students, teachers, administrators, and staff use these principles to create a value system based on shared trust.

The Honor Code

The Honor Code is the guiding precept of the School. It states:

I will not lie.
I will not cheat.
I will not steal.
I will report all infractions of Honor.

The Purple and Golden Rule

The Purple and Golden Rule is founded upon the expectation of mutual respect, consideration, and thoughtfulness. The rule holds all members of the Chatham Hall community accountable for their actions and seeks to create a principled and caring sisterhood.

  • I will respect all people and recognize that other people may have customs and beliefs different from mine.
  • I will respect and follow the rules of Chatham Hall, taking responsibility for my actions and mistakes.
  • I will honor the concept of “White Flag” – I will respect the property and domain of others.
  • When faced with a choice, I will endeavor to do the honorable and right thing.
  • I will set an example for my peers by my actions and words.
  • I will support others when they are following the Purple and Golden Rule and will counsel those who are not.

Shaping the Chatham Hall community on the Honor Code and the Purple and Golden rule ensure that Chatham Hall continues to be one of the top boarding schools in America.