Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 5: Personnel

05:04:01   Dress Code

Related Polices and Guidelines

NeSCC Policy 05:06:05 Personnel Evaluations

The expectation of Northeast State Community College is that all employees be dressed appropriate for their position in attire that complements a workplace environment which is professionally operated, efficient, orderly and pleasant.

  • Neat and Well-Groomed - During working hours, employees should appear neat and professional at all times. Employees are expected to be dressed appropriately for their work area and maintain good personal hygiene.
  • Professional and/or Appropriate Attire - Employees should use common sense and good judgment in determining what to wear to work and the type of clothing appropriate for their position and work area.
  • Prohibited Attire - Some attire is unacceptable for work at any time. The following list provides some examples, although it is not a comprehensive list:

o    Any clothing, jewelry, or tattoos that contain an offensive word, message or slogan or picture directed at race, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, disability or is otherwise considered to be offensive or harassing in some way, is not permitted.

o    Any clothing that reveals the employee's stomach, full back or otherwise revealing attire.

  • Special Accommodations - Every effort will be made to reasonably accommodate employees with a disability or with religious beliefs that may make it difficult for that employee to comply fully with the dress code policy. Employees should contact their supervisor to request such a reasonable accommodation. Supervisors and the Department of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness (“Human Resources”) will work with the employees to develop a reasonable accommodation to meet the employee's specific needs while complying to the greatest extent possible with the general policy.

Enforcement of this policy is the responsibility of Supervisory personnel and Human Resources. Northeast State reserves the right to change, extend, revise, revoke or continue this policy at its discretion.

Disciplinary Measures 

Most of this dress code is left to the employee's personal discretion but Supervisors and/or Human Resources have the right to determine the appropriateness of clothing. Any employee who violates this policy for the first time will be warned, counseled and sent home to change clothing. Non-exempt employees will have this time charged to their accrued annual leave. Subsequent violations of this policy may lead to increased discipline, up to, and including, termination of employment.

Any requests for assistance in administering or interpreting this dress code policy should be directed to Human Resources.

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Revision History: May 2014; Edited Mar. 2023