Helms School of Government
All students taking residential HSOG courses (CJUS and GOVT designations)
Pursuant to the authorization granted by the Liberty Way, the Helms School of Government will require its faculty and students to maintain a neat, well-groomed, and professional appearance while attending all 300- and 400-level classes that convene before 5:00 p.m., including weekend classes/seminars.
In addition, any university or club function held in the Helms School of Government suite, regardless of time of day, will require adherence to the Helms School Dress Code; hats, caps, shorts are not acceptable inside any classroom or the Helms School suite.
The Helms School of Government seeks to educate and train the next generation of leaders in some of the most high-profile positions in society. Therefore,students must be purposeful in the development of a professionally acceptable wardrobe, and hold themselves to a standard that transcends cultural and campus norms.
Definition of Glossary Terms
Suits (Women): Dress suits with a skirt or dress suits with slacks. Suits should be tailored and professional in cut, style, and color.
Dresses (Women): Tailored, professional, conservative dresses are acceptable.
Skirts/Slacks (Women): Skirts and slacks should be tailored, and professional in cut, style, and color. Skirts must be at or just above the knees with conservative slits. Midriffs may not be exposed.
Blouses/Shirts (Women): Blouses should be modest and complement the suit, skirt, or slacks. If there is a question as to the modesty of a blouse or shirt, err on the side of conservatism. Midriffs may not be exposed. Cardigans, sweaters, sweater sets, and blazers are also acceptable.
Dress Shoes (Women): Shoes should be polished and in good condition.
Military Service Uniforms: Military service uniforms, worn in compliance with DoD standards, are always appropriate and welcome in the Helms School.
Dress Slacks (Men): Dress slacks are preferred, professional colors are black, navy, blue, brown, khaki, and gray. Dress khakis are acceptable, but no cargo-style pants should be worn. All pants shall be worn with a belt at the waistline.
Suits, Sport Coats (Men): Suits should be a tailored and professional in cut, style, and color Subtle stripes, tweeds, and solids are acceptable.
Shirts (Men): Shirts should be long-sleeved, dress, or button-down oxford shirts, in professional colors. Polo shirts are permitted, but not encouraged. All shirts shall be worn tucked in.
Ties (Men): Optional, but strongly encouraged, with dress shirts.
Socks/Belt (Men): Socks and belt color should coordinate with suit/slacks and shoes.