Appearance Policy (Dress Code)

1.0 Policy
1.1 It is the policy of Robert Morris University to establish standards of personal appearance and personal apparel to maintain the high standards and image of the University.

2.0 Scope
2.1 This policy applies to full-time, regular part-time, and part-time employees.

3.0 Procedure
3.1 Acceptable business attire and appearance requirements will be set according to the operational needs and tasks of the department and/or job.

3.2 The guidelines to be utilized to maintain the high standards and image of the University include the following:

3.2.1 Good personal hygiene is to be maintained at all times.

3.2.2 Clothes are to be neatly pressed, clean, and appropriate for the position.

3.2.3 Shoes are to be neat and clean; athletic shoes are permitted if they are appropriate for the job duties. Proper safety, comfort, and appearance are to be maintained at all times.

3.2.4 Jewelry which has the potential to cause harm to the employee or the ability to distract or interfere with the completion of job duties may not be worn at any time.

3.3 Employees are to be informed of the University and departmental appearance practices by their department manager.

3.4 Department managers will determine whether or not an employee is groomed and dressed appropriately for their particular job. Employees whose dress and appearance does not meet the University and/or departmental standards may be sent home to change clothes or to improve his/her appearance.

3.4.1 Non-exempt employees will not be paid for the time absent from work to correct their appearance.

3.5 Employees who have been found to violate this policy can be subject to the appropriate University disciplinary procedure.

3.6 The University reserves the right to establish the standards of personal appearance and personal apparel that will maintain the high standards of appearance and image of the University.

4.0 Definition of Terms
4.1 Personal Appearance - The outward aspect (look) a person portrays. It encompasses a person's hygiene, which includes body odor, breath, cleanliness, hair, etc.

4.2 Personal Apparel - A person's attire (i.e., clothing, shoes, jewelry, etc.).

Effective: 02/01/2000

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