Covered Individuals: All CEI Employees
Formerly Approved: 12/11/2019
The CEI dress code is business casual unless events, special guests, or meetings require business formal. Business casual attire allows the employee to feel comfortable, yet always look neat and professional. The following list is a guideline of appropriate and inappropriate attire under CEI’s business casual attire standards. These are examples only. Supervisors may determine if employees are dressed inappropriately for the workplace within this policy.
Appropriate Attire Examples:
Inappropriate Attire Examples:
CEI employees shall wear and appropriately display nametags when at an event that includes the public such as an employment fair, student recruitment, or registration.
Workplace attire should continue to be business casual during the spring and summer months, except on Fridays when dress down guidelines can be observed.
Dress Down Days
CEI observes Fridays and the academic Christmas and Spring breaks as dress down days in order to cultivate and nurture a spirit of teamwork and unity among faculty, staff, and students. On the identified observances, denim may be worn. However, the denim must be free of holes, frays, etc. Shirts should bear the CEI logo and/or be CEI colors and should fit within the standards of dignity for a business and educational setting. Shorts and flip-flops are not an acceptable form of casual attire in the workplace.
It is important to remember events taking place on Fridays and/or during the identified break periods and in some cases, it may be necessary to dress in normal business attire on these days.
Participation in dress down days is never required.
Personal Hygiene Standards
CEI employees must maintain and practice good hygiene. Offensive body odor, poor personal hygiene, or excessive perfumes/colognes are not professionally acceptable.
Addressing Workplace Attire and Hygiene Problems
Department supervisors are responsible for monitoring their employee’s compliance to the dress and hygiene standards. Violations of the CEI dress standards expressed herein shall be brought to the immediate attention of the employee. Violations shall be discussed in private with the employee. Employees who continue to violate the CEI dress or personal hygiene standards could be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.
205.3 Exception to Policy
An exception to this policy may be made on a case-by-case basis for employees under the American with Disabilities Act or those with a medical condition which requires certain apparel. To receive an exception, employees must provide HR with a request for accommodation from an appropriate healthcare provider.
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