Dress and Appearance

Dress, grooming, and personal cleanliness standards contribute to the morale of all employees and affect the business image Spelman presents to students, parents and visitors.

During business hours or when representing Spelman, you are expected to present a clean, neat, and tasteful appearance. You should dress and groom yourself according to the requirements of your position and accepted social standards. This is particularly true if your job involves dealing with customers or visitors in person.

Your supervisor or department head is responsible for establishing a reasonable dress code appropriate to the job you perform. If your supervisor feels your personal appearance is inappropriate, you may be asked to leave the workplace until you are properly dressed or groomed. Under such circumstance, you will not be compensated for the time away from work. Consult your supervisor if you have questions as to what constitutes appropriate appearance. Where necessary, reasonable accommodation may be made to a person with a disability.

Without unduly restricting individual tastes, the following personal appearance guidelines should be adhered to:

ü       Skirt lengths must be conservative. Mini-skirt length is inappropriate.

ü       Jeans are not considered appropriate attire and should not be worn.

ü       Athletic attire such as warm-up suits and sweat pants are not permitted.

ü       Shoes must provide safe, secure footing, and offer protection against hazards.

ü       Athletic type footwear (i.e. sneakers, tennis shoes) are not appropriate professional attire.

ü       Tank tops, tube or halter-tops, or shorts may not be worn under any circumstances

Policy No.  705  Effective Date:  9/1/2000  Revision Date:  6/1/2002