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It’s not a formal code, but one southern school is sending out a warning to students: No mini-skirts, midriff tops, short-shorts, hats, pajamas or do-rags. At North Carolina Central University, the word is out: Students had better pay careful attention to how they’re dressing.
“Suggestive, revealing clothing, by men or women, should not be worn in a classroom,” Chancellor Charlie Nelms told the Kansas City Star. “And you shouldn’t be wearing pajamas to class!”
The question raised by students’ clothing isn’t a new one: Does appropriate dress lead to more respectful and appropriate behavior?
At least at N.C. Central, the answer is “yes.”
In one of the school’s business courses, professor Shirrell McNeill spelled out what students are expected to wear to class:
- Men are expected to wear suits and ties in conservative colors (no earrings, please).
- Women should wear professional looking business suits with low-heeled shoes and a skirt that comes only one inch above the knee when sitting.
N.C. Central isn’t the first college to take issue with how its students dress.
A year ago, Morehouse College banned hats, hoods, do-rags, etc. in class. Also, students were told they couldn’t wear sunglasses or offensive clothing in class, specifically: “decorative orthodontic appliances,” sagging pants, pajamas and bare feet.
And since the college’s students are male, clothing associated with women’s garb has also been banned — raising questions of anti-gay sentiments.
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