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sjones

San Francisco, CA

#1 Nov 12, 2007
I don't get the dress code thing. If you are a professional person teaching school no matter what level it isn't difficult to dress appropriately. If you don't care enough about representing yourself as a professional then get out of teaching. Do something at home where you can wear all the earings you want and short shorts. And ladies stop and think where all of this short stuff and stomach showing started...with Britny Spears. Look where she is now.
Yes to Dress Code

Salinas, CA

#2 Nov 12, 2007
I think dress codes SHOULD be enforced for teaching staff --- not only at the college level but, more importantly, at the k-12 level. We try to enforce dress codes for students and wonder what is the matter with their parents who let them out of the house in some of the outfits they wear to school. Well, who do we blame for inappropriately dressed teachers? We need to expect professional dress from our professional teaching staff! They are the role models we put before our students. If they cannot fulfill that role, then they should be dismissed!

“Imagine...”

Since: Dec 06

Madison, Indiana

#3 Nov 12, 2007
The issue here is that there is no dress code enforced for the students. If the faculty is going to be held to such stringent requirements, then the students should be held to a similar code. I personally find it appalling and sexist. Having a tattoo or an earring doesn't make you any less able to teach. Nor does it call to anyone or influence their thoughts making them unable to learn. Narrow-minded people frighten me.
Brad C

Denver, CO

#4 Nov 12, 2007
There use to be dress codes for students until the late 1960's/early 1970's. Rightfully, they were eliminated. Professors should not have to follow one. The exception to the no dress code rule would be that clothing had to cover private parts such as butt cracks, cleavage.
Bus Pro

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Nov 12, 2007
The sad part is that these professors do not know how to dress appropriately. If they did, then a dress code would not be necessary. How does a professor expect to be taken seriously if they look like a student? If a professor has so little respect for himself and his work to have a slovenly appearance, why should the students take him seriously? I wouldn’t take a professional seriously who did not dress appropriately.

Visible tattoos and facial piercings are not appropriate in normal business discourse. An employee’s appearance should not distract from the business product or service being transacted. When it does, it is inappropriate. Companies have learned that the image projected by employees reflects directly on the organization. Universities need to learn that lesson, too.

If one does not dress in a professional and respectful manner, one is not taking business or education transaction seriously.

Bottom line: I don’t want to transact business with people who don’t take my business seriously.
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rwillians

United States

#6 Nov 12, 2007
All the left wing profs who are trying to look young, hip and sexy enough to crawl into the sack with any student willing to fall for the "free-thinker" will be opposed to dressing like a person worthy of educating.
The Depot

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Nov 12, 2007
Yes to Dress Code wrote:
I think dress codes SHOULD be enforced for teaching staff --- not only at the college level but, more importantly, at the k-12 level. We try to enforce dress codes for students and wonder what is the matter with their parents who let them out of the house in some of the outfits they wear to school. Well, who do we blame for inappropriately dressed teachers? We need to expect professional dress from our professional teaching staff! They are the role models we put before our students. If they cannot fulfill that role, then they should be dismissed!
Let's not forget the main driving reason behind the embracement of casual attire that started in the very late 1960's and continued through to the Reagan Reaction. The syllogism works like this: Uniformity of dress promotes uniformity of thought. The purpose of a college education is to foster independent thinking. Therefore a dress code is non-conducive to an institution's educational goals.
LRG

Hebron, IN

#9 Nov 12, 2007
Is this president crazy or just trying to take attention away from the problems being caused by the university's name change he initiated? It's the students who need a dress code, not the faculty!
GDI

Columbus, IN

#10 Nov 13, 2007
This must be another requirement of Ralph & Sheri Trine's $10M donation, faculty dress code! Hey Earl and Ralph, what's next? Earl, anything else for sale in Angola?
cyberdependent

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Nov 13, 2007
You have got to be kidding me. What does it matter what a person looks like, that doesn't influence what they know, what they can say, the power of their thoughts... if you treat a person differently because of their appearance, that is nothing more than a reflection of your own warped priorities.
Mine

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Nov 13, 2007
To me, it is a job. In what other private indust would employees be able to question management imposing a dress code?

I would totally support one, both in a university and in a public school.
CapetonianAnthro pologie

South Africa

#13 Nov 14, 2007
This is absurd...
I have no argument why... But I just think it is.

“none”

Since: Dec 06

Pulaski County Indiana

#14 Nov 14, 2007
It appears that the conception is:

1. You can't teach unless you are wearing a certain type of garb.
College Professors and Teachers I thought transferred knowledge to students rather than trying to influence them with their
clothing -?
2. You can't learn unless you are wearing a certain type of garb.
As long as certain body parts are covered as to NOT distract, entice, suggest, lure, gain unnecessary attention, or to
identify with something then it becomes a question of how does a students clothing influence or have instilled into their
minds the knowledge being given by an instructor -?

It sounds as if ALL types of Teaching Institutions are being turned into a nudist Colony, and the prevention of such has raised concerns with a lot of the present ridiculous rhetoric.
Just make it a Federal Law:
Every living body be covered from the base of the neck to within 1" above the soles of their shoes.
Even that wouldn't suffice, because some would want their face covered as well (so as not to be recognized or something else meaningless)-!
What a stupid and unnecessary "Band Wagon" on a college level.
I'd be more concerned over the end result:
Than that of who's wearing what being a reason for learning.
cyberdependent

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Nov 14, 2007
Mine wrote:
To me, it is a job. In what other private indust would employees be able to question management imposing a dress code?
I would totally support one, both in a university and in a public school.
To me, that does more to implicate other jobs in private industry than it does the university.
MJK

Skokie, IL

#16 Nov 14, 2007
No matter what you do, some a**hole will not like it - whatever it is.

No matter what, some a**hole will try to create a rule against it - no matter what it is.

Apathy allows the a**holes to take over. Dictate how I should live, how others should dress. If these adults cannot dress the way they want within reason. They should hire a lawyer, and ensure their right to be treated like adults in the US.
more then i know

Angola, IN

#17 Nov 14, 2007
does anyone know how much it cost in lawyer fees to have something like this drafted? just curious
Professor at Tri-State

Frederick, MD

#18 Nov 14, 2007
The faculty was very upset, contrary to what our president states. We had a similar situation a few years ago when the administration issued a gag order and then retracted it after negative publicity from the press. The professors dress appropriately and there is no need to issue this dress code. An e-mail with the dress code attached was sent out to all faculty by our HR person and there was no mention that it was under review. We were told it would be in effect the following week. No one makes a comment because they are afraid of losing their job! Did you hear that we are also changing our name to Trine University due to a donation from Mr. Trine. It's never a dull moment here at TSU!
oh why not

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Nov 14, 2007
MJK wrote:
No matter what you do, some a**hole will not like it - whatever it is.
No matter what, some a**hole will try to create a rule against it - no matter what it is.
Apathy allows the a**holes to take over. Dictate how I should live, how others should dress. If these adults cannot dress the way they want within reason. They should hire a lawyer, and ensure their right to be treated like adults in the US.
No one is saying they can't dress the way the want. Dress in short shorts and a halter top for men and women if you like. Just don't expect someone else to pay you while you are being you.
jlg

Cumberland, MD

#20 Nov 14, 2007
rwillians wrote:
All the left wing profs who are trying to look young, hip and sexy enough to crawl into the sack with any student willing to fall for the "free-thinker" will be opposed to dressing like a person worthy of educating.
Nice example of several fallacies in reason. I will be sure to share this one with my students, right or left wing.
Jacob

Vincennes, IN

#21 Nov 15, 2007
So the President of the United States can tell the President of Pakistan what to wear (take off that military uniform), but the President of a University cannot tell his employees what to wear. What type of country are we living in?

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