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Personal Appearance Policy


It is the responsibility of each employee to maintain a professional appearance that enhances the image of Indiana Wesleyan University to its constituents, and more importantly, that glorifies Jesus Christ.


Due to the diversity of job duties and departmental operations at IWU, vice presidents are authorized to establish reasonable appearance standards and dress codes that promote legitimate business, anti-harassment and safety interests. At a minimum, departmental dress codes must adhere to the policy guideline below.


The following are prohibited in all situations:


Spandex and/or other body hugging materials; bare feet; pants, shorts or skirts worn below the waist line; sexually provocative clothing; cross-gender dressing; hats in the office environment; clothing with content and/or brands in direct conflict with the Community Lifestyle Statement; the observable lack of undergarments and exposed undergarments; bare midriffs; and short skirts not extending beyond fingertips.


Extreme hairdos (mohawks, spikes, etc., and the use of coloring agents outside of the spectrum of natural hair coloration), visible tattoos, brands, mutilations, dental art and body and facial piercings are prohibited.  Female employees may wear appropriate earrings; however, plugs, flesh tunnels, earlets or other devices used to stretch the earlobe or surrounding cartilage are prohibited. 


Male employees may not wear any type of earrings while performing duties for or on behalf of Indiana Wesleyan University.  Piercings concealed by clothing should not be visible through the employee’s attire. 


Supervisors reserve the right to send any person home to change clothing or other items that violate any part of the personal appearance policy.  The time spent away from work for this reason will follow customary attendance policy guidelines.


Faculty and Staff are also expected to model appropriate attire while utilizing the Recreation and Wellness Center and outside University sports facilities.  The following guidelines exist:


  • Finished (hemmed) shirts only.  No cut-off sleeves.
  • Men’s tank tops must not show torso or be tight fitting in nature.
  • No spaghetti straps.
  • No razorback/sports bra-type tank tops.
  • Shorts must be at least fingertip length.
  • No midriffs.


Appearance Policy violations could result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.


This policy applies to all the employees of the University.


17-Mar-2015 - Date conversion to KB


Policy information

Employee Policy 300.02.16


Executive Director for Human Resources

Approved by

Vice President for Business Affairs/ CFO

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