800.002 Appropriate Attire and Conduct for Students

Approved by the faculty December, 2012, revised June 2014.


To establish standards for student dress and conduct when on campus or when representing the school.

Review Policy and Procedure

This OP will be reviewed by September of every even-numbered year (2012) by the Student Affairs Committee and approved by the Dean and the Executive Council.

The following standards for attire apply to all students enrolled in the Marshall University School of Pharmacy.

800.002.001 – General Personal Care Standards

1. Students will maintain good personal hygiene including regular bathing, use of deodorants, and oral care.

2. Hair maintenance

 2.1 Hair neat and clean and styled off the face and should be of a non-distracting color. Hair longer than shoulder length should be secured if in close contact with patient (e.g. physical assessment procedures).

 2.2 Facial hair should be clean and well groomed.

 3. Other personal care considerations

 3.1 Excessive cologne, perfume or aftershave is not recommended due to allergies and sensitivities.

 3.2 Cosmetics if used will be used in moderation.

 3.3 Nails should be well groomed, manicured and of short to medium length to facilitate patient care activities. Acrylic artificial nails should specifically be avoided in patient care areas due to potential infectious disease concerns.

 3.4 Jewelry and accessories including piercings must be non-distracting. Piercings will be limited to ears.

 800.002.002 – Appropriate Attire Standards for Routine Marshall University School of Pharmacy

1. Attire:

 1.1 A minimum of business casual styled clothing and shoes are required for clerkship and classroom settings, unless otherwise stated in this policy. Business casual is defined as: dress shirts, sweaters, polo-type shirts, suit/sport coats; dress pants, dress khakis, capris, dresses and skirts (no more than 2 inches above the knees); loafers, clogs, flats, dress heels, and leather deck-type shoes are acceptable as footwear.

1.1.1Gentlemen must have their shirts, including dress and polo-type shirts tucked in.

 1.1.2    Leggings/jeggings will be permitted as business casual, as long as they are worn with an appropriate blouse or tunic that is long enough so that it covers to mid-thigh length.

 1.2 “Green Day” will be every Friday during the school year. Marshall University and green colored t-shirts can be worn along with khakis.

 1.3 Casual attire will be permitted during scheduled exam blocks, after hours, and weekends. Casual attire includes pants with no holes and workplace-appropriate t-shirts. Sneakers and flip-flop sandals will be permitted on this day.

 1.4 Laboratory Attire will either be scrubs or business casual. Scrubs must be Marshall University School of Pharmacy approved scrubs. Nonporous sneakers will be permitted.

 1.5 Special exceptions to the above rules may be considered. Written requests must be submitted to the Associate Dean of Academic and Curricular Affairs at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the requested exception. Such requests will be considered by the Executive Council at their next meeting and a final decision upon the request returned immediately thereafter. Examples where exceptions may be requested include but are not limited to: Halloween, student training events, departmental retreats, and Marshall University spirit events.

 2. Items specifically not permitted under any condition:

2.1 Hats, caps, bandanas, and “doo-rags.” These items may be worn on campus; however, while in the classroom they are to be removed. Headgear considered a part of religious/cultural dress or in cases of medical need [e.g. chemotherapy] are permitted.

 2.2 Any clothing (e.g. slacks, denims, skirts, shirts, lab coats) that are soiled or torn excessively.

 2.3 Any dress considered provocative or non-full coverage undergarments.

 2.4 Clothing, which advertises or represents “mock advertising” including: alcoholic beverages, sexual behavior or innuendo, tobacco products, profane language or gestures, or any other advertising considered unprofessional.

 2.5 Tight fitting workout clothes (i.e. Spandex®, Under Armour®, biking shorts), pajamas, halter tops, tube tops, mini-skirts, skorts, sun dresses, beach dresses, spaghetti strap dresses, midriff tops, low-cut tops or tops with bare shoulders, or any dress otherwise considered provocative or exposing undergarments.

 2.6 Any open-toe shoe in laboratories, which may include but are not limited to: “flip- flops,” “Birkenstocks” or other sandals. Slippers are not allowed.

 2.7 Any institution in which Pharmacy students are practicing reserves the right to employ dress code policies that are viewed as more strict than stated above and will additionally be adhered to.

 3. Exceptions:

 3.1 Off campus representing Marshall: students should dress neatly. Care should be taken not to wear clothing that might be deemed inappropriate for a professional.

 3.2 Activities in specific laboratories and patient areas in which the instructors or institutional policy supersedes this policy.

 3.3 Any medical conditions that inhibit adherence should be discussed with the Associate Dean for Academic and Curricular Affairs.

 800.002.003 -Appropriate Attire Standards in the Context of Patient Care or Public Interactions

Defined to include but not limited to the following situations:

a) Pharmacy practice experiences (i.e. rotations/clerkships)

b) Professional student seminar series

c) Professional meeting functions

 d) When prior notification is given (i.e. a patient will be in class)

 e) Community service participation and Academic Service Learning

 f) Any context where the student is representing the School in public and the attire that is being worn or the personal hygiene is such that the School and University could be perceived in a negative light may result in that student being dismissed from the activity.

At least business casual styled clothing and shoes are required for patient care and public interaction.

1. An approved nametag must be worn on the student’s person and be visible at all times according to institutional policy where the student is practicing. (All students are expected to conform to this standard at all times.)

2. Additional considerations for attire and hygiene:

 2.1 Shoes that are otherwise determined to be a safety concern in patient care areas will not be permitted, with the final decision being left to the preceptor or institution where the preceptor resides.

 800.002.004 – Classroom Etiquette

1. Food and drink may be consumed in the classrooms during a learning event as long as it is not distractive to other students. Food will not be permitted in labs. Areas must be clean before leaving the learning environment.

2. Sustained conversation that is considered disruptive and impeding to student learning may result in the student being asked to cease the conversation or depart from the classroom.

3. Cell phones, pagers, and PDAs are to be on “silent mode” (not “vibrate) while class is in session. Texting will not be permitted during class periods. Students failing to follow such policies may be subject to being asked to leave class at the discretion of the instructor.

4. Students are expected to be prepared for class at the designated start time and attentive during the lecture. Any students considered to not be meeting this criteria (i.e. sleeping) may be asked to leave the classroom.

5. Any behavior determined to be disrespectful to peers or instructors will not be tolerated and may result in the student being dismissed from class and a potential hearing with the Student Executive Council (SEC).

6. Students may use computers for academic purposes, however, non-productive activities will not be tolerated and offenders may be asked to leave the classroom.

7. Any individual faculty member reserves the right to be more stringent with the rules for classroom etiquette, provided that the framework for those changes is made known through the student’s syllabus for the course.

800.002.005 – Enforcement Standards

1. Standards of Attire and Classroom Etiquette are intended to be self-regulated, though the faculty does reserve the right to intervene. Students are empowered to express their concerns to the individual, through class leadership, or they may also express their concerns directly to the faculty or course coordinator (preferred) for assistance.

2. Students inappropriately dressed, groomed, or otherwise considered disruptive may be dismissed (from classes) and requested to comply with the standards set forth in this document.

3. Questionable or disputed cases of dress or grooming shall be presented to Student Executive Council (SEC).

4. Repeated actions judged to be violations by the Student Executive Council will be considered improper professional behavior and may result in disciplinary action.

5. Other policies may be implemented as warranted to ensure adherence to these standards.


*Adapted from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Pharmacy