DRESS CODE

The following supplemental information provides general guidelines for employees, staff, faculty and administrators appropriate attire and grooming. Because of the constant change in dress and grooming styles, some trends, fads or fashions common in the world may be considered inappropriate.

The President’s Council reserves the right to determine whether a specific style or fad is appropriate and thereby unacceptable at ACDT. 

Men and women’s attires should be reflective of their gender, and excessive or extreme styles should be avoided. For women, wardrobe selection should reflect modesty and femininity. For men, clothing should reflect good taste and masculinity appropriate for a professional.

Women’s Grooming

  1. A clean and well-cared for appearance should be maintained at all times.
  2. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing.
  3. It should not have slits above the knee or be formfitting.
  4. Dresses and skirts must be knee-length or longer.

Prescribed campus attire should not be patched, faded, frayed or torn. Employees are required to wear prescribed attire after school hours. Caps or hats should not be worn in buildings. Excessive ear piercings (more than one pair) and all other body piercings are inappropriate. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas. Flip–flops and other casual footwear are inappropriate on campus.

Men’s Grooming

  1. When officially representing the College on and off campus white shirt and tie with a suit must be worn to such official business.
  2. A clean and well-cared for appearance should be maintained.
  3. Trousers, slacks, and jeans should not be patched, faded, frayed or torn and must be ankle length.
  4. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles or colours, and trimmed above the collar leaving the ear uncovered (Professional Look).
  5. Caps or hats should not be worn in buildings.
  6. Men are expected to be clean shaven. Earrings and other body piercings are unacceptable.
  7. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas. Flip-flops and other casual footwear are inappropriate on campus outside residential buildings.

Dress Standards for Students at Campus Events

ACTIVITY AND RECREATIONAL ATTIRE

  • Dress standards for each event will be specified prior to the event. If no standards are indicated, the minimum standard will be campus attire.
  • Modest casual attire may be worn at certain activities and events shorts and other pants ending above the ankle are inappropriate for campus. Shorts are only allowed on playing fields and must be modest in length.
  • Travelling across campus to activities in shorts is not appropriate

EVENT ATTIRE

  • The minimum standard for men will be shirt and tie. Jeans are not acceptable.
  • The minimum standard for women will be a dress (or a skirt and blouse or sweater).
  • Casual and immodest (form fitting, shorts, skirts above the knee cap, bare backs, sleeveless, etc) dress or clothing will not be permitted.

SEMI-FORMAL DANCE ATTIRE

  • Men: A tuxedo is optional, while church attire such as a sports coat or dressy sweater is recommended. A dress shirt and tie, formal half-collar shirt without tie, or turtleneck with a sport coat and dress slacks are acceptable. Dress shoes are required. Athletic shoes, t-shirts, kilts, jeans and grubby attire are not acceptable.

    Women: A formal dress is optional (a modest dress with the hemline or slit at or below the knee). Dress shoes are required. Athletic shoes, sleeveless dresses, spaghetti straps, low cut necklines, unlined see-through materials, and open-back dresses below the shoulder blades are not acceptable. 

SPECIAL THEMED DANCES

Dress should be consistent with school dress standards at all events. Appropriate dress will be specified in the publicity prior to the dance.