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Why the dress code is ineffective

posted May 4, 2015, 10:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 4, 2015, 10:49 AM ]

You have probably heard the chatter in the hallways: “Do you think I’ll get dress coded for this?”

Many students dare to defy the dress code rules in the handbook, and it’s no wonder. Although dress code regulations have been more strict in the past, many students believe that the rules have been based on misconceptions of what is distracting to teenagers. In addition to this, many students have been dress coded while others have gotten away with wearing the same offensive article of clothing.

Not only is this unfair to those that get dress coded when others don’t, it shows that those patrolling the hallways and classrooms have preferences. While bias is inevitable, it goes to show that the dress code is ineffective for some students and they end up wearing whatever they want anyway.

I believe that the dress code should follow the policies of that of colleges. Most colleges allow more freedom in choosing one’s dress. For instance, Wichita State University dress code simply states that women’s attire should not show too much skin around the chest and stomach, and must not be revealing overall (webs.wichita.edu). While this may cause conflict over the definition of what exactly “too much skin” is, this gives students more freedom to choose their dress.

I believe that while it is absolutely necessary to be appropriate in a school environment, I do not think that sleeveless shirts, yoga pants or short shorts are in any way distracting. While certain articles of clothing may have this effect, teenagers are not as easily distracted by one’s dress as you may think. In my PSQ class, most students wear sleeveless shirts while working out, and it is not in the least bit deterring to other students in the vicinity.

As teachers begin to shape the dress code for next year, what is in the best interest of the students should be kept in mind. I hope the rules are reasonable, yet allow students to express themselves and maybe be just a little more comfortable.


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