4.6.2 Image and Appearance Policy

Policy Statement

Alexandria Technical & Community College recognizes that dress is a matter of personal taste and that standards vary within the working community. However, Alexandria Technical & Community College is a professional organization and its employees are a direct reflection of that professional environment. Traditional business and business casual attire are acceptable forms of dress for all Alexandria Technical & Community College employees (Monday through Friday) consistent with the approved guidelines below.


Employees should dress in a neat manner for the work they perform during the regular business day.

Examples of ACCEPTABLE clothing include:

  • Kahki Pants
  • Corduroy Pants
  • Colored Denim Pants
  • Dress Pants
  • Dressy Capri-Length Pants (nothing shorter)
  • Skirts (no shorter than 6" above the knee as a guideline)
  • Collared Shirts (includes polos)
  • Pant Suits
  • Dressy Denim Outfits/Suits (includes jumpers and skirts)
  • Blouses
  • Dresses (no shorter than 6" above the knee as a guideline)
  • Suits
  • Sport Coats
  • ATCC Logo'd Dress Shirts
  • Turtlenecks
  • Uniforms (chosen by department/program)
  • Open-Toed Dress Shoes
  • Dress shoes (the exception would be steel-toed shoes in the shop areas for safety reasons or special shoes that need to be worn for medical reasons)
  • Light cologne or perfume (due to allergies and health issues of others)
  • Business-appropriate jewelry

Examples of UNACCEPTABLE clothing include:

  • Hats
  • Sweatshirts
  • Bibs
  • Painter or Carpenter Pants
  • Shorts
  • Logo'd T-Shirts (i.e., Old Navy, Aeropostale, and/or those items with text, offensive language, or graphic artwork, etc.)
  • Athletic Shoes (unless medically necessary or program specific)
  • Flip Flops (or anything resembling beach wear)
  • Warm-Up Suits or Sweat Suits (unless program specific)
  • Spandex Pants
  • Halter Tops
  • Spaghetti-Strap Tank Tops (unless layered under clothing)
  • Mini-Skirts
  • Torn, Ripped, or Excessively Tight Clothing
  • Clothing Revealing the Midriff, Buttocks, or Cleavage Section
  • Denim Blue Jeans (unless job or position specific)
  • Facial Piercings and Exposed Body Art (supervisors may require that these items be removed and/or covered during work shifts)

It is the responsibility of all employees to represent the college, their program, and himself/herself in a professional way at all times. This includes one's choice of dress and appearance. Employees who fail to meet these expected standards will be visited with on an individual basis.

When in Doubt

When you are dressing in the morning, here are seven questions to ask yourself about your dress attire:

  1. What would I think of someone else wearing this?
  2. Have I seen anyone else wearing something similar?
  3. What impression does this outfit give of me?
  4. Would this outfit or item offend or distract anyone that I will see today?
  5. Would this outfit or item be more appropriate for leisure activities outside the office?
  6. Am I meeting with outside business people today?
  7. Does this outfit follow Alexandria Technical & Community College's image and appearance policy?
Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 3/16/06
Last Date Revised: 3/16/06