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Appropriate attire policy

All-male college cracks down on cross-dressing

An all male college in GA recently passed an “appropriate attire policy” that prohibits students from wearing “women’s clothes, makeup, high heels and purses as part of a new crackdown on what the institution calls inappropriate attire”. It also “also bans wearing hats in buildings, pajamas in public, do-rags, sagging pants, sunglasses in class and walking barefoot on campus”. The reformed dress code is aimed at a small group of students said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services. “‘We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men,’ he said.”

The policy has brought both positive and negative responses. One senior disagrees with the policy because it tells students what they should wear in free time outside of the classroom. He feels it infringes on the student’s freedom of expression.

The issue: should this college be allowed to tell the students what they can and can not wear. Why is the attire deemed inapropriate? If the students are not infringing on anyone elses rights why are their rights violated?

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  1. bolong32
    October 20, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Morehouse is a University and like all colleges, they are attempting to prepare students to go out into the working professional world. If this way of dressing is not considered professional then why should it be allowed in a professional environment?

  2. dsanderson14
    October 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Students need to realize that as long as they are going to that school, they are representing that school as well. The school simply wants their students to look respectful and professional.

  3. cwmoore11
    November 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm


    This is an interesting case. Attire is a big issue in schools today because of changing trends. The most recent trend are the guys wearing the girls pants that are way too tight on them. I think this is stupid on the guys part because hey need to hold higher values for themselves. If a guy wants to wear girls clothes, they need to examine who they are. Making new rules in school about attire for guys is a good thing because hopefully it will make all the same. Although I agree with the attire changes, I don’t agree with this school targeting a small group of students. Although I don’t agree with gay relationships, they do have their rights. The school should not say that they are targeting one small group of students who are gay. In my eyes, this is racism and should not be tolerated. If good for one, it should be good for another.

  4. kim
    November 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I think that this article is interesting. I personally believe that the school is right. What people wear is a huge aspect before you enter the real world. People will judge and if these pupils have been installed with what is good to wear at a young age then these people will know what is right and what is wrong to wear then i think that this could only get better. They will thank the school when they grow up.
    On the other hand i believe that if boys want to dress up like girls then this should be allowed because this is what they want to do. We can not stop anyone from doing what we want. This is a good debate but i generally believe that the school is correct.

  5. okazako1
    November 5, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I think it is not right to prohibit students from wearing “women’s clothes, makeup, high heels and purses.” How this has to do with education? We all have rights and it is 21 century. to look attractive doesn’t mean to look inappropriate. On the other hand, I do agree revealing some parts of the body (open bally, short skirts, etc.) is not acceptable in the school, but I am talking about looking like you are going to the club or to the party.

  6. yulianap
    November 5, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    It is interesting case. I wonder what our university would do if boys start dress like girls on campus.
    I do agree that the attire policy is appropriate in this case. Note, that it is “an all male college”, therefore pretending that it is ok for guys to wear makeup and hills sound unsuitable with educational institution.

  7. riderash
    November 11, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Instead of focusing on what students shouldnt wear the school should tell students what they are expected to wear. Pinpointing certain clothing items that only a select few students wear is not right. It is fine that the school wants to have students look professional and i think they do have the right to enforce a dress code they just need to make this a little less obvious that they are so against cross dressing.

  8. mjmolner
    November 24, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    People of a certain age and a certain level of intelligence should present themselves in that manner. If you attend a school with a dress code you must abide by it. It is a way for people to guide students into a professional look. I think that there is no need for a man to wear womans clothes. If your going to college and getting a good education there are not to many jobs out there where they accept you as a cross dresser.

  9. abendym
    November 29, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    This is very interesting. Clothes and fashion is a way for people to express themselves. I feel that if Morehouse wants to ban certian items of clothing for ALL students because of a group of 5 students then they should put a uniform into effect. I dont think its fair to punish and entire body of students because of a small group.

  10. courtnei86
    December 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    There are many issues in this one article. The issue of the school enforcing a dress code is acceptable and understandable. This should be considered a professional institution that is preparing student for their future jobs. A school dress code should be implemented and enforced. Although the school only targeting a small group of cross dressing students should not be tolerates. A dress code implemented for the betterment of the school is morally right but using a school dress code to affect only a small group is wrong.

  11. bnjoe
    December 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Morehouse is a school known for its academics. So all students who go there are a representation of what Morehouse is bringing up. A dress code should be enforced because of the type of institution it is. In a professional environment, men wear suits with ties and women wear either pant suits or skirt suits, in the business world, tell me a job that you have been too where there are cross dressers, none that I can think of. Morehouse is preparing these students for what is to come in the real world and in the real world there will be no cross dressing in a business, professional environment, so why not start now trying to fix the issue before it gets any further out of hand.

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