PURPOSE / SCOPE:
To establish dress and appearance requirements that convey a professional image to students and campus visitors. This policy is not exhaustive in defining acceptable and unacceptable standards of dress and appearance; employees should exercise prudence in adhering to the principles underpinning the policy.
POLICY AND PROCEDURE:
The professional nature of the school should be considered in matters of dress and appearance. Employees who dress and groom themselves in a manner consistent with the professional aspect of their position and of ICOM set a positive example to both students and visitors.
Clothing and Appearance
Professional attire and appearance is expected of employees when on campus and other locations when working on behalf of, or representing, ICOM. Professional attire is not required when an employee is on campus after the normal end of the school day or on weekends if outside of normal work expectations.
Clothing selected should not be distracting. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and flip flops are examples of clothing items that should be avoided. Hairstyles, beards, and mustaches should be clean and neat and facial piercings should not be obtrusive.
Additional dress code requirements may be established by departmental policy, e.g. personal protective equipment and campus security uniforms. Dress code requirements may also be relaxed on designated occasions upon approval from the Dean or President.
Employees are asked to refrain from using perfumes, colognes and lotions with a strong scent to avoid negatively impacting colleagues, students and ICOM visitors.
Employee ID badges must be prominently worn at all times. Employees are not to deface or otherwise conceal their faces or other information on the badge.
ICOM recognizes the diversity of cultures, religions, abilities and disabilities and will take a sensitive approach when this affects dress code requirements.
Employees inappropriately dressed or groomed may be requested to leave campus and not return until they have met ICOM dress code standards. Questionable or disputed cases may be presented to the Dean or President whose decision will be final. Repeated violations may be considered improper professional behavior and may result in disciplinary action.
PRIMARY POLICY OWNER:
VP of Human Resources & Organizational Development