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Policy Number: HR-49
Effective Date: July 2002
Revisions: July 2002, July 2000
Responsible Officer: Senior Vice President of Student Life & Administrative Services


This policy was established to describe for employees appropriate dress for the workplace.


The University requires employees to present a professional business image to other University faculty, employees, patients, visitors and students.


This policy applies to all University non-faculty employees.


Dress is apparel or clothing appropriate for the workplace as determined by each department. Appearance is an impression or aspect of an individual’s dress, attire, or personal hygiene as determined by each department.


  1. During business hours, an employee is expected to present a clean, neat and professional appearance and to dress according to the requirements of his or her position.
  2. Safety and health regulations are factors to be considered when determining the appropriateness of an individual’s dress including accessories such as, but not limited to, jewelry and head coverings.
  3. Dress and personal appearance requirements will be consistently applied by each employee’s supervisor/manager.
  4. Violations of this policy will result in performance improvement up to and including termination of employment.
  5. An employee must wear or carry his or her University identification badge while conducting business or visiting other work sites while working.


  1. The supervisor/manager is responsible for the communication of the University’s Appearance Policy and departmental dress standards.
  2. The manager/supervisor is responsible for counseling an employee about this policy and for addressing repeated or continuing violations of the policy by taking actions outlined in the Performance Improvement Policy up to and including termination.

Inquiries regarding this policy can be directed to the Human Resources Department.