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2 Dress Ideology Code
These Dress Ideology Code (DIC) rules are to be followed by all Students and Staff members at all times while on campus. This includes arriving on campus by car or bus from somewhere outside the campus grounds, so be sure to make sure your dress is in accordance with the code before arriving. There will be no leeway to give you time to change after you arrive. Those living on campus should always be in accordance with the code, although they are allowed to change into something else once they leave campus. The college has no say over dress outside the campus, unless a punishment is in progress that requires the wearing or alteration of their dress in some way; in which cases they must remain in accordance with the punishment at all times, even off campus (to prevent the skirting of punishments by leaving campus until they pass).

The city council of New Town has passed several laws and ordinances to allow the dress code and rules of the Central University of New Town to be allowed outside the campus. These required them to relax some ordinances and change some laws, but all so they could better support the school and get its support in return. Due to this there is no chance of being in violation of any city law as long as all school rules are being followed as well. The city still allows other styles of dress that are not allowed on campus, so this is not a restriction on the people of the city, just some laws to allow those following the campus code to leave campus without risking city violations.

Visitors to the campus are allowed more leeway, especially when arriving, but must clearly wear their visitor badges at all times while traveling through the campus or be subject to the code. As posted at all entrances to the campus, visitors must immediately check in with one of the campus offices to acquire a Visitor Badge as soon as they arrive or be subject all rules of the DIC and other campus policies. Regular visitors (those coming to campus more often than four days in any given semester) will be required to follow the DIC, but should still wear their Regular Visitor Badge to separate themselves from some of the other rules and restrictions of the campus.

Although it may seem unfair, there are different standards of dress for male and female students and staff. This is due to the fact that there are distinct differences between both the attitudes and physical bodies of the two sexes. The DIC is designed to create a standard of modest and respectable appearance for all, without requiring a set uniform or strictly limiting personal choice options. This should allow students and staff to create their own style and show individuality while remaining within the rule of the DIC.

The dress code is expected to be followed at all times on campus, although certain areas (such as dorm rooms, Greek houses, locker rooms, restrooms, etc.) allow some relaxing of the rules to allow for necessary activities and comfort. There are also other exceptions to the rules during certain events, activities, inspections, and involvement in certain organizations, but these are limited and clearly stated in the rules and codes of those items and in accordance with the rules of the school.

Each person is different and sizes vary, so none of the descriptors are expected to perfectly match all people and should be adjusted where needed. To aid in this most descriptions are based on body location and not numerical units of measure. All body location descriptors are based on the body of the person wearing the clothing in question and not any other person. Rulers and other measuring devices may be used during inspection but must be used to compare distances not to use arbitrary numerical units of measure.

2.1 Unisex Information

There are some pieces of information that are the same for both sexes. Rather than repeat information unnecessarily, this shared information will be covered here and considered part of both sections below.

2.1.1 Overview
These are some common areas of information covered by the DIC for both sexes. All of these must be understood and followed to remain within the required code of dress.

2.1.1.1 Sheerness Rules
Although the body coverage rules talk about how cloth has to be covering certain body parts for an outfit to remain decent, there is also the manor of the sheerness of some articles of clothing exceeding decency standards. Again, this is something the school board dress code committee struggled with creating a hard and fast rule for, since there are numerous factors that affect how much shows through sheer clothing (such as the color of the clothing, the color of the skin, the contrast of what is below it, and the actual sheerness level of the clothing itself). They also couldn't agree to ban all sheer clothing, since most pieces of clothing are not 100% opaque in all lighting circumstances.

Another problem they faced was the reason for the sheerness of the clothing. Some was sheer because of the thinness of the fabric, some was sheer because of the weave used, some was sheer because of the material itself, and some was because it was actually a form of mesh or netting. They knew they couldn't do it without creating a huge and confusing comparison chart for all kinds, colors, and materials, so they had to simplify it in a way that would simply handle the more common questionable uses and trust that others would abuse the word of the code.

The material is what is judged for its sheerness, not the weave (because some knitting and weaves will have uneven holes that can't be quantified by a percentage without a long and thorough study that inspectors will not have the time or the qualifications for). The size of the weave is used to determine if a piece of material is counted as a single piece of material or as a piece of netting or strips (which are not allowed as a covering).

Sheerness: Items that cover areas that are considered indecent (mainly the nipples, vagina, penis, and testicles) can only have a sheerness level of 50% or less. Inspector and Staff ID cards contain a comparison window that contains a tint of 50% to be used to compare to clothing that is in question.

Weave: Items that have a weave with any gaps larger than an inch are considered to be netting or strips and not a solid piece of fabric for the reasons of this code. Netting or strips can be used to cover non-critical areas of the body without worry, but can not be used to cover areas considered indecent (mainly the nipples, penis, and vagina, as listed above).

2.1.1.2 Tattoos & Body Paint
Although generally frowned upon, tattoos have become increasingly popular among young people. As such they are allowed within the DIC, but with some caveats designed to discourage them. These rules are included for permanent ink, henna, and temporary tattoos equally and any student thinking about getting a tattoo should consider these rules before making that decision. Due to their similarity, Body Paint, including liquid latex, are also covered under these same rules, as if they are a temporary tattoo.

Those choosing to get or have a tattoo must leave the tattoo either completely covered or completely uncovered at all times (even if this would normally violate the DIC otherwise). When covered, you have to make sure not to be violating any other part of the DIC while still completely covering the tattoo at all times (even while moving around or even shifting the clothing naturally). Clothing worn when leaving them exposed at all must be carefully chosen as to not cover them in any way and may have to be altered if they do. With temporary tattoos and the like, as long as any part of them is still visible on the skin you have to follow all these rules for them, only allowing more casual dress once it is completely gone. Redness left behind after washing or pulling off paint or liquid latex does not count as the remnants of a tattoo, and therefore can (and possibly should) be covered.

2.1.1.3 Piercings
Although some are considered tasteful, the college frowns upon most piercings on the body anywhere other than the ears, but they understand the popularity and do allow them within the DIC, but with some caveats designed to discourage them. If any hidden body piercing is discovered during an inspection, and an offense is discovered, ending in a citation, hearing, or immediate punishment, the outcome of resulting punishments are increased up to one level per piercing discovered. This is to try and ensure that those who choose to have alternate piercings will do their best to follow the rest of the rules to the letter., for fear of increased levels of punishment.

Mention of "Hidden" piercings above is done to allow for ear piercings, which are obvious and exposed, to be allowed within the rules. After the rules were penned it was discovered that some other popular piercings (such as nose studs and belly rings ) were being left exposed to have them follow the letter of the rules. After some serious hearings in the student council and among the school board , it was passed that this was something that should be allowed, but with some extended rules. In order for a piercing to be considered exposed no piece of clothing can fall within an inch of it at any time. If any clothing does violate this, the piercing is considered hidden and the violation rules above apply.

2.1.1.4 Carrying Extra Clothing
One danger people run into is when they are carrying extra clothing (either new purchases, to the laundry, or somewhere else). It's hard on the inspectors and the staff because they can't often tell if what they are carrying is just that or was something they quickly removed to avoid being found in violation. Purchased clothing, with receipts still in the bag with them, are often checked and allowed to pass within hours of the purchase (especially if discovered between the store and the dorms and not in the educational sectors of the campus). If they are sealed items that haven't been opened they usually are fine. If they are loose items, opened items, or hand packed bags of items it can lead to problems unless they are able to prove they were not in violation with them at any time.

2.1.2 Clothing Types and Definitions
The following descriptions and definitions explain the different allowed and some not allowed types of clothing available for both sexes within the DIC. Most of them include some basic rules about what counts as the certain type of clothing and then some extra rules or options about how to handle them.

2.1.2.1 Coats & Jackets
The definition of Coats and Jackets within this dress code are body coverings designed to be worn over other coverings to help shield against colder weather and the elements , but must be able to open in the front through the use of buttons, zippers, or other fasteners (if any) or else be defined as a Top or Dress (depending on length). If they must be pulled over the head, as they do not have fasteners that allow them to be fully opened in front, it is a good sign that they are counted as a Dress or Top. Those without fasteners, but that do open completely in the front, can still be counted as a Coat or Jacket.

Coats and Jackets are not allowed to be worn inside enclosed buildings for longer than it takes to put on or remove them at the time of entering or exiting the building. They can be carried, but most buildings also offer coatrooms or hangers near main entrances to allow you to hang your coats up while inside. The main exception to this is in cases where a coat or jacket is being worn as a Top or Dress and not over other coverings, which is allowed by the DIC. This is allowed even if the Coat or Jacket does not normally count as a Top or Dress, but must still fit the rules and classifications of those coverings when worn that way (including restrictions on males wearing Dresses).

2.1.2.2 Accessories
Worn items that do not count as coverings and do not break other rules of the DIC are usually counted as accessories. Jewelry, gloves, hats, belts, ties, garters, garter belts, bandanas, suspenders, scarves, and so on are all normally considered Accessories. There are no regular restrictions on accessories, although it is requested that they are left to a minimum and not too "gaudy", which is not something that can be classified by a ruling. At worse it may be requested by certain members of the staff to remove Accessories that are said to be too gaudy and unbecoming of the college, but there is no further punishment or citation can be used for these kinds of offences.

Certain accessories that get too large and can act as coverage may have to be classified as other articles of clothing and fall under the rules as restrictions of those clothing types. This is most common with belts, scarves, ties, and suspenders. Unfortunately there is no easy way to set a hard and fast rule for these reclassifications and it is often let up to the inspectors and campus courts to decide.

2.1.2.3 Other
There may be some other items that don't fit into any of the other categories but may be still considered part of the DIC. They are not actually worn, so they don't count as accessories, but still must fit with the overall rulings of the code. This is most common with purses, wallet or watch chains, umbrellas, bags, and other such items. Most of the time inspectors ignore them unless they are extremely gaudy, at which time they may simply be asked to be put away or returned to their room or vehicle and left there.

2.1.3 Dress Code Exceptions
There are some common exceptions where it is not required that the DIC has to be followed and inspections are not necessary. The most common of these are when a violation citation has already been filed against them and they have not had a chance to change yet after the inspection and citation were given, but there are also several other kinds of exceptions, both those due to activities and locations. The following list covers most of the known exceptions, but others may exist or be added or changed at any time. It is important to keep track of these changes for ignorance of them is not an excuse.

2.1.3.1 First Day and Before Start of Semester
In the weeks before the start of fall semester (after summer classes have ended) and up through orientation day (which is usually the first day of the semester), there are no inspections or dress code enforcement. It is expected that new students will familiarize themselves with the rules of the college at this time and become in accordance with the DIC by the end of orientation. Inspectors and instructors may comment on perceived violations as warning to students, but can not perform inspections or give out citations at this time. After orientation day the code is in full effect, even for students who start late (although they may be given a visitor badge before they officially move in, which gives them time to become in accordance with the code).

2.1.3.2 Previous Violation
If upon receiving a violation and inspection they are left in a state (either of the violation itself or because of items confiscated as evidence) that is not in accordance with the DIC and they have not yet been given the opportunity to return to their dorms and change into something that fits the dress code, they may present their citation as evidence of their exception from further violations. Since citations are dated and clearly state what the violations was for and what state the suspect was left in, this only works as long as they are still within a relatively limited time from the inspection (no more than six hours) and in the same state as the citation says they were left in.

2.1.3.3 Day of Hearing
The suspect is required to arrive for the hearing in the same sate they were left at the end of their inspection, which may be against the DIC. On the day of a hearing, up until the time of the hearing, they are allowed to present both their original citation and their hearing date assignment papers as an exception for the dress code. After a hearing, if they are still left in a state that is considered against the DIC, but are not performing any required punishments yet, they are allowed up to two hours of leeway to return to their rooms and change into something more fitting with the DIC. Court verdict paperwork, which is dated with time of the end of the case, must be presented to any inspector to enact this kind of exception.

2.1.3.4 Performing Punishment
While a suspect found guilty is performing their punishment for a violation they can not be found guilty of another violation of the DIC, as many punishments have their own required dress codes used to mark them as guilty and embarrass them into following the DIC in the future. Although most punishments are obvious, some are performed alongside normal daily activities and may not immediately be recognizable as punishments, so it may be required that the guilty party presents the inspector with their verdict paperwork to prove what they are doing is part of an accepted punishment.

2.1.3.5 Locker Room/Restroom
Several rooms around campus are designated as locker rooms or restrooms. Within these rooms it is expected that levels of dress that would fall well below the DIC minimum standards will happen, since these are rooms where changing clothes, taking showers, and using toilets take place. Due to this these rooms have been designated as an exception from the dress code's minimal coverage rules. Some other violations may still be observed and cited for, but not these.

2.1.3.6 Personal Dorm Room or Greek House
Much freedom is allowed within what are considered private residences, even though they are all school property. Only major violations involving articles that are completely not allowed and layering violations are generally even considered for citation in these places, and then only by those few authorized to do so within them (dorm leaders, house leaders, etc.).

Some, such as Greek houses, may even have their own rules of dress within their walls, which may not fit in with the normal dress code for the college, but they can not extend these rules outside of the residence. These internal dress codes are not subject to official authorized inspectors to enforce and are handled only internally, so official citations can not be given for violations of internal dress codes. They also can not be used to cause a violation of the DIC that they then would get a citation for. If the internal dress code violates something in the DIC it supercedes such parts of the code only while on the premises. These internal dress codes are completely voluntary and can not be forced to be followed, although failure to follow them (or at least accept punishments or failures to follow them) may result in being kicked out of the organization and house.

2.1.3.7 Classroom
Within a classroom the instructor and their assistants have full authority over enforcing the DIC, and can perform inspections and give citations for any normal dress code violation. They may even have their own dress code additions that they expect to be followed within their class, and can give punishments as they see fit for violations of them, but they can not give official citations for violations of the class dress codes or for violations of the DIC caused by the class dress code.

Since these dress cods are not part of the DIC they are not required to be followed by college law, although failure to follow them (or at least accept punishments or failures to follow them) may result in being kicked out of the class. Instructors have full say over conduct and dress code within their classroom, as long as it doesn't violate the major rules of safety and protection, and normal violation claims can be made against these instructors if they do violate one of these major rulings.

2.1.3.8 Other Specialized Location
There are also other specialized locations or private establishments that may have their own rules, dress codes, or exceptions. These kinds of codes have to be posted at all public entrances and no inspectors are allowed to perform inspections within these environments (other than to make sure a punishment is not being avoided within). These locations can also not require those who are suffering school punishments to break the rules of the punishment just to fit in with the location's own internal rules.

Continue to Part 2 - Famales & Males clothing Rules
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Last modified on 2013/9/8 by Admin
 
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