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Staff Dress Code (Non-Athletic)

Document Number: StaffHR--112 Revision #:
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 08/17/2012
Primary Author: Director of Human Resources Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 01/12/2012

General Description

Information about the staff dress code relative to HR policy.


Delineation of policy.


All faculty, staff, and administrators

Responsibility: Administration
Human Resources

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Relevant Knowledge: In order to comply with this policy you should know:
Current University policy

Terms and Definitions: Additional training

Corrective Action

Loss of privilege, general

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Policy Provisions

Staff Dress Code

As a representative of Cumberland, your appearance and conduct reflect not only upon yourself, but also upon the University, and imparts a lasting impression upon our students as they prepare to enter the workforce.


Employees are expected to use good judgment as business professionals when determining work attire, and to practice a courteous and cooperative attitude towards co-workers and the University's constituencies at all times.


Cumberland reserves the right to set guidelines for employees during work hours, and to secure conformity of these guidelines, when in the University's judgment, they have been violated. The University's dress guidelines, setting forth dress that is considered inappropriate, are provided below:


Under NO circumstances may employees wear, while working, or acting in an official capacity as a representative of the University:

· strapless tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, or cropped tops (this excludes formal dresses worn at formal events)

· shorts (except to athletic events)

· clothing with profane or offensive wording (whether express or implicit)

· clothing that shows undergarments (sheer)

· torn clothing, clothing with holes in it

· tight-fitting, revealing, provocative or oversized clothing (including skirts shorter than 2“ above the knee)

· Denim or jeans in any color or style (except to athletic events, or on such occasions as the University makes an official announcement of a limited exception to this guideline)

· Hiking boots, flip-flops or athletic shoes (except athletic shoes are permitted at athletic events)

· more than one earring per ear

· rings through the nose, eyebrow, tongue, or body parts other than the ear lobe that are visible to the public


All clothing must be clean, neat, and fit properly. Safe, neat, and clean shoes should be worn at all times.


Facial hair is permitted as long as it is neat and well-trimmed.


All tattoos must be small in size or covered at all times and may not be profane or vulgar in nature.


Employees are expected to be conservative in the wearing of makeup and scented products.


If employees require a reasonable accommodation regarding their dress for bona fide health and/or religious reasons, they should contact the Office of Human Resources to discuss an exception to the personal appearance guidelines. Unless it would constitute an undue hardship or safety hazard, Cumberland will make an effort to reasonably accommodate such requests.


All employees should practice commonsense rules of neatness, good taste, and comfort. Cumberland reserves the right to determine appropriate dress at all times and in all circumstances and may send employees home to change clothes should it be determined their dress is not appropriate. Employees will not be compensated for this time away from work and will be required to use vacation and/or personal leave time for this absence.


Repeated failure to comply with the dress code may lead to disciplinary action.


*Athletic Department Employees should inquire with the Athletic Director for their Dress Code Policy.


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Performance Evaluation
Performance Metrics: Compliance with standard policy and procedure

Consequences: Further training
Loss of privileges

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Subject Experts
The following may be consulted for additional information.
Director of Human Resources

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