Courses of Instruction

Dress Code

General Provisions: Students are expected to observe good grooming and personal hygiene practices. Students should maintain a clean and neat appearance in the workplace or classroom setting. Students should be aware that many of their peers have allergies or sensitivities to strong odors and smells and should limit excessive use of colognes or perfumes. Hair will be clean and well‐groomed. Male students should have clean shaven faces; however, an individual may wear a neatly trimmed beard or mustache. Hair color may be altered provided the coloring displayed naturally occurs in human hair and does not detract from their professional appearance.

Student Apparel: The general standard for appropriate dress is business casual. Examples of business casual are:

  • Dress or sport shirts with collars, blouses for females, sweaters, turtlenecks or mock‐turtlenecks shirts (not denim). Sweatshirts may be worn if a collared shirt of turtleneck is worn underneath. Polo shirts are acceptable.
  • Dress or casual "Docker" style slacks, skirts, capri pants, pant suits, and dresses. No blue jeans are allowed unless exemption authorized by policy (i.e., all Fridays).
  • Loafers or deck shoes (not canvas or athletic shoes) that are polished or cleaned and well maintained. Open‐toed shoes are acceptable for women only.
  • Department standard duty or dress uniforms are acceptable in lieu of business casual attire.

Unauthorized Attire:

  • Types of clothing generally worn when performing household chores or for recreational activities, except for golf shirts or polo shirts, which may be worn.
  • Items that are tattered, torn, frayed, patched, faded, stained, soiled, discolored, missing fasteners, or similarly in disrepair.
  • Clothing with offensive slogans, designs, or company names; clothing bearing commercial advertising for any product or service or other similar writing.
  • Clothing depicting or supporting criminal behavior, drug usage, nudity, profanity, promiscuity, subversive groups, bigotry, political slogans, or other similar writing.
  • Shirts with spaghetti straps, halter tops, tank tops, or tee shirts.
  • Denim jeans, blue or any other color of jeans, coveralls, leggings, jogging suits, or sweat suits.
  • Shorts.
  • Trousers without a hem.
  • Flip flops or shower type thongs, athletic shoes, and any sandals for men.
  • Form‐fitting stretch clothing, clothing that does not cover the back and midriff, and clothing that is unduly tight or revealing.
  • Excessively baggy pants of any kind.
  • Skirts and dresses with a lower hem that rises more than four inches above the wearer's knee when standing upright.

If a student has any doubt about whether an article of clothing is appropriate, they should resolve that doubt in favor of dressing more conservatively.

Schools/training with practicals and physical activities may have a more relaxed dress code with the approval of the Training Director. These schools include defensive tactics schools and re‐certifications; all crash investigation schools; Criminal Investigation; Crime Scene Investigation; Hazardous Waste and Emergency response for Methamphetamine Laboratories and re‐certification training; Emergency Vehicle Operation Course (EVOC) and EVOC Instructor; and Firearms Instructor. If you are attending one of these schools and have a question about the appropriate attire for the practical exercises, please contact the course coordinator.

2013 Courses of Instruction