Dress Code Changes


Katie Apple, Staff writer

Lately, some students have been noticing a crack-down on regulations of what they’re wearing in class by some of the teachers and staff members around the building.

“Most teachers have been relaxed, while others are going a little overboard,” Senior Veera Shah said.

Last spring, the MCCSC dress code committee, which includes South’s Christina Aducci, Amanda Figolah and Kirstin Milks, decided to meet when representatives came to Figolah wanting to discuss a few aspects of the dress-code.

These representatives were made up of a smaller group of students coming from a community building student group led by Aducci, Figolah and Milks.

“The members wanted to bring up a list of recommendations” for the dress-code, which includes removing the concept of gender-based rules and instructions on how faculty can enforce the code “comfortably,” Aducci said.

Even if an item was considered inappropriate, some teachers were not reporting the offense because they did not feel comfortable calling attention to students’ clothing.   

Shah said she “was dress-coded because [they] could see a centimeter of [her] stomach.” She had never been previously dress-coded before that.

Photo taken by Alexander Christopher

There was one change made to the dress-code because these representatives wanted to have the creation of a “universal dress code” that will apply to everyone, regardless of gender.

Shah also said that she knows that the committee did change the dress code to be “gender friendly, which is nice,” but she feels that there is still some inequality. Shah thinks the rules are still aimed at girls because she’s “never seen a guy get dress-coded.”

“I can see how some people think [that it is targeted only towards] female students, but it’s just kind of the nature of the game.” said assistant principal Jay True.

For girls the most common violations are midriffs and shorts, while for guys it’s mostly sagging pants and inappropriate tank tops.

“[The] guys don’t really wear shorts that short… the only thing the [administration has to worry about for the boys] are tank tops that are too low,” True said. He noted that he has not had to address a shirt on a boy so far this year.  

The committee also wanted to create specific rules that would apply to different ages of students. They feel that some clothing that is acceptable for a 17-year-old to wear might not be completely appropriate for a 7-year-old. For example, the length of shorts should not be the same for an elementary school compared to a high school.