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Appalachian School of Law
The purpose of this policy is to convey an appropriate
professional image of the Appalachian School of Law, legal education and the
legal profession to our students, school visitors and the general public.
We seek to establish appropriate attire guidelines that model for our
students and others the professionalism expected of members of our profession,
and to encourage recognition of all of our employees as valuable members of the
This policy and these guidelines apply to all employees,
full time or part time, as well as student workers and volunteers.
Policy: Dress should project an
image of and convey professionalism, and it should be appropriate to the
employee’s job description and tasks.
the Academic Year:
employees will dress appropriately for their job descriptions and tasks when
school is in session. The President
or designee will define examples of appropriate dress. During specially designated days employees may be asked or
permitted to deviate from this policy. This
may include wearing more formal attire for special events, or less formal attire
for specified job-related projects. Occasionally, personnel may be granted the privilege to
appropriately observe “casual day”. Inclement
weather may necessitate certain modifications in attire.
During such times sweatshirts, casual slacks and suitable footwear are
Employees who regularly deal with or may be observed by
students and the public should dress to convey a professional image.
Employees who rarely deal directly with or are seldom seen by the public
or students have a less formal standard of dress, but nevertheless must dress
Other than During the Academic Year:
school is not in session, the dress code is aligned more to the performance of
the tasks being performed. Employees
may choose to wear less formal attire so long as the clothing is in good taste
and will not project a negative image upon the law school.
The following items of apparel are deemed inappropriate for all employees during normal working hours:
worn out or ripped clothing
not covered by jacket or other type of shirt
article made of spandex or similar material
suits (unless task-related)
with derogatory or disrespectful sayings or signs
shoes or beach-type “flip flops”
skirts, skorts and shorts will be considered appropriate if the length meets or
exceeds knee length. All clothing
should fit properly.
violation of the dress code is not grounds for immediate dismissal.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, sanctions may include
placement of notice in the employee’s personnel file, probation and/or being
sent home to change attire. Continued and repeated violations after notice may result in
employment personnel sanctions up to and including dismissal.