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Dress Code

Students of the Helms School of Government are frequently given the opportunity to interact with leaders in government, professional disciplines, and military service. In response, on Sept. 11, 2009, the Helms School announced the adoption of a Helms School of Government Dress Code.

The dress code adheres to a business/professional appearance with special attention to modesty. This enhanced standard has been reviewed by the university administration and is authorized under the provisions of the Liberty Way.

This dress code applies to students attending:

  • Any 300 or 400 level Helms School of Government class that convenes before 5:00 p.m., including weekend classes/seminars.
  • Any university or club function held in the Helms School of Government suite, regardless of the time of day.

Classes after 5 p.m.

Students in 300 and 400 level classes that meet after 5:00 p.m. should follow the dress code standards set forth in the Liberty Way.

Hats, caps, and shorts

Hats, caps, or shorts are never acceptable inside any classroom or the Helms School suite.

Red shirts for university events

University established “spirit day” dress for students is permitted.

ROTC cadets

Military service uniforms, worn in compliance with DoD standards, are always appropriate and welcome in the Helms School.

Violations of the policy

Any student found in violation of this university-approved dress code may be reported to the Office of Community Life. Additionally, the student may be asked to leave the class, exam, or function and be considered absent, as appropriate.

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