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Casual Dress Policy

Purpose

Columbia College’s usual dress practice is considered primarily business attire, but for the purpose of continuing to promote employee morale, a more casual dress practice is enacted during less busy business times (i.e., summer and session or semester breaks). This policy offers employees the opportunity to dress in business casual attire during appropriately designated times and provides a great way for employees to be comfortable in the workplace. 

Scope

This policy applies to staff members during the less busy business times (i.e., summer and session or semester breaks) as determined by each employees’ supervisor.

Policy

Columbia College prides itself on the professional atmosphere it maintains and the positive image that employees present as representatives of the College. This image is affected by the manner of dress we use within our offices, in the offices of our constituents, and in public when we are representing the College. As stated above, this policy applies only during those less busy business times (i.e., summer and session or semester break) and is contingent on supervisory permission.

During the less busy business times, it is important that we continue to present a professional image to all of the College’s constituents and it is therefore important that employees use their best judgment in dressing appropriately. Employees who prefer to dress more formally should feel free to do so.

Casual wear encompasses many looks, but it really means casual clothing that is appropriate for a professional office environment. Casual wear does not equate to sloppiness. It is clothing that allows you to be comfortable at work, yet always look neat and professional. Employees should consider each day’s activities when determining what to wear.

Listed below is an overview of acceptable casual wear, as well as a list of some of the more common items that would be considered inappropriate for our College environment. Although this list is not intended to be all-inclusive, it should help to set general parameters for proper attire and provide you with information to assist you in making intelligent judgments about items that are not specifically addressed. Generally, if you are unsure if an item of clothing is unacceptable, it is best to either choose a different item of clothing or inquire with your supervisor first.

Examples of acceptable attire include, but are not limited to:

  • Pants consisting of khaki-type pants, slacks, and jeans that are clean as well as hole and wrinkle-free;
  • Shirts/tops consisting of casual shirts, polo shirts, blouses or sweaters;
  • Casual dresses or skirts with modest hemlines; and
  • Footwear consisting of loafers, boots, flats, heels or sandals.

Examples of unacceptable attire include, but are not limited to:

  • Jeans that are excessively worn, faded or have holes;
  • Sweat pants, shorts, spandex or other form-fitting pants (unless the top covers below the buttocks);
  • Shirts/tops consisting of t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, halter tops, tops with bare shoulders (unless worn under a sweater, blouse or jacket) or tops that are distracting or revealing;
  • Dresses or skirts that are too short or have spaghetti straps (unless worn under a sweater, blouse or jacket); and
  • Footwear consisting of athletic shoes, sneakers or flip-flops.

If you have any questions about the above information, please discuss with your supervisor.

You may also contact Human Resources with questions at humanresources@ccis.edu or via phone at 573-875-7495.

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