Radford’s campus is a haven for different styles. In Hawaii’s warm weather, students wear everything from leggings and shorts, tank tops and t-shirts, and dresses and skirts to keep themselves comfortable and cool. With varying personal styles, students seek a balance to look good while following the school’s dress code policy.
While a handful of students innocuously violate the dress code, some students push the policy and commit egregious and frequent dress code violations that include pants that hang too low or too revealing shirts.
“The violations are usually with the females,” George Sumida, counselor, said. Problems arise when too much “flesh”is showing, as seen with females who wear short shorts and strapless tops.
But the girls aren’t the only offenders. Sumida said he has seen “gang wear, clothes with profanity or promotion of illegal substances printed on them, and do rags on the boys” as well.
“School uniforms would alleviate many of the problems attributed to inappropriate clothing on campus,” Sumida said.
Dress code violations can be a distraction as well. “It can affect the learning environment at the school,” Sumida said.
A list of dress code violations is stated in planners distributed to all students. According to the policy, dress code violators are subject to suspension.
No exposure of private body parts-including gluteus cheeks
No cleavage displayed below the level of the arm pits
All top garments must have a strap over the shoulders or around the neck
One half of the back must be covered
Skirts & slits in skirts must be no higher than “finger tip” length
No garments designed to display the midriff
No “tube tops,” not under a cover-not under any circumstances
No undergarments (underwear) visible: panties, boxer shorts, bra straps, grandfather shirts (wife beaters), etc.
No “see-through” garments that expose underwear
No top garments left open to expose underwear
No garments may be worn in a way, other than that for which it was designed (i.e. “fly” zipper unzipped, pants worn below the hips etc.)