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Morehouse College considers its dress code lax and president Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr has decided Morehouse Men need to get tapered up. From Black Men in America:

The administration’s new policy which went into effect this month) is spear-headed by Morehouse’s new President, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, Jr.

Morehouse College has a rich tradition of preparing young men to change the world.

Read the new policy for yourself and tell us what you think. I’m over 45. I have no problem with the dress code.

Morehouse College Appropriate Attire Policy
October 2009

Published in The Maroon Tiger

It is our expectation that students who select Morehouse do so because of the College’s outstanding legacy of producing leaders. On the campus and at College-sponsored events and activities, students at Morehouse College will be expected to dress neatly and appropriately at all times.

Students who choose not to abide by this policy will be denied admission into class and various functions and services of the College if their manner of attire is inappropriate. Examples of inappropriate attire and/or appearance include but are not limited to:

1. No caps, do-rags and/or hoods in classrooms, the cafeteria, or other indoor venues. This policy item does not apply to headgear considered as a part of religious or cultural dress.

2. Sun glasses or “shades” are not to be worn in class or at formal programs, unless medical documentation is provided to support use.

3. Decorative orthodontic appliances (e.g. “grillz”) be they permanent or removable, shall not be worn on the campus or at College-sponsored events.

4. Jeans at major programs such as, Opening Convocation, Commencement, Founder’s Day or other programs dictating professional, business casual attire, semi-formal or formal attire.

5. Clothing with derogatory, offense and/or lewd messages either in words or pictures.

6. Top and bottom coverings should be work at all times. No bare feet in public venues.

7. No sagging–the wearing of one’s pants or shorts low enough to reveal undergarments or secondary layers of clothing.

8. Pajamas, shall not be worn while in public or in common areas of the College.

9. No wearing of clothing associated with women’s garb (dresses, tops, tunics, purses, pumps, etc.) on the Morehouse campus or at College-sponsored events.

10. Additional dress regulations may be imposed upon students participating in certain extracurricular activities that are sponsored or organized by the College (e.g. athletic teams, the band, Glee Club, etc).

11. The college reserves the right to modify this policy as deemed appropriate.

*All administrative, faculty, students and support staff members are asked to assist in enforcing this policy and may report disregard or violations to the Office of Student Conduct.”

Good to know Morehouse is focused on the important things, making sure no rampant purse-carrying is taking place and totally not letting students who shoot other students graduate.

What say you all? Is Morehouse on the right track or is this a step in the wrong direction?

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My $0.02:

There's been a similar dress code at Hampton for at least ten years. When I was there, for the most part, it wasn't a big deal, although some students disagreed with not being able to wear do-rags & t-shirts on their leisure time on campus.

I don't think this is intended to limit self-expression, just to create an atmosphere of professionalism & respect on campus.

For the most part, asking people to remove hats indoors as a courtesy and to wear a shirt and tie to formal programs in the auditorium isn't imposing on free expression. These are the same dress guidelines you'll find at most places of business, and the campus is a place of business.

Some companies have a lenient and relaxed atmosphere, while others are more formal and professional. In my opinion, colleges are the same way. It's not an issue of the rules being fair or unfair, but rather students finding the school that is the best fit in terms of environment.
Posted By: Jon C.
Saturday, June 26th 2010 at 11:58AM

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