Upper School Dress Code
Wyoming Seminary students are expected to uphold a standard of dress that we can all be proud of. As a college preparatory school, Wyoming Seminary prepares students for college and for life. Neatness in dress conveys a professional attitude, self-respect, and a seriousness towards academics and other aspects of school life. Our standard of dress is symbolic of what the school represents and is therefore an integral part of a Wyoming Seminary education. It is in effect throughout the entire school year and in all school buildings and on campus (except in dormitories).
• Shirts: collared shirts, dressy non-collared knit shirts, sweaters, and Wyoming Seminary sweatshirts are acceptable.
• Pants: khakis, colored jeans and dress pants are acceptable. Leggings are permitted but must be worn with a top, shirt, skirt or dress that is at least fingertip length.
• Shorts: khaki, non-denim shorts and dress shorts are acceptable but must be at least fingertip length. Shorts may only be worn during the months of September and May or at the discretion of the Dean.
• Dresses and skirts must be tailored and at least fingertip length. Sleeveless dresses are permitted but straps must be two fingers or wider.
• Shoes: dress shoes, canvas shoes, loafers, sandals, and boots are acceptable.
• Fingertip-length means length of garment must meet the end of fingertips with arms hanging straight at sides.
• All clothing should cover midriffs, backs and cleavage.
• Blue denim clothing is not permitted except as a jacket.
• Hats must be removed when entering any school building except for the CAC, PDSC or dormitories.
• Casual tank tops are not permitted as outerwear.
• Underwear/undergarments should not be visible outside of clothing.
• All clothing and shoes should be neat, clean, and in good repair.
• Members of athletic teams and extracurricular groups may wear parts of their game uniform or special club attire with approval from the Dean of the Upper School.
• Athletic clothing and shoes (excluding Sem-approved sweatshirts) are not permitted during the school day.
• Hair colors or highlights other than natural tones are not permitted; facial hair must be neatly trimmed; and long hair should be kept neat so that it does not fall in one’s face.
Once per month, a certain day is designated as a “Dress-Up Day.” Usually falling on special occasions, dress-up days call for more formal attire than our published standard of dress. Boys are required to wear jackets and ties, dress slacks and dress shoes; girls are required to wear either pantsuits (trousers and blazer), skirts, or dresses, and dress shoes.
Dress-Up Day Schedule:
August 29 (Convocation)
September 16 (Class Pictures)
October 5 (Grandparents Day)
November 14 (Thanksgiving Chapel)
December 14 (Christmas Chapel)
January 16 (MLK Day)
April 13 (Easter Chapel)
May 18 (Awards Day)
ENFORCEMENT OF DRESS CODE
Faculty members are empowered to warn or assign an appropriate punishment to students who are not in compliance with our expected standard of dress. Warnings are kept on record with the appropriate Class Dean, as well as the Dean of the Upper School, who will respond in an appropriate manner.
PIERCINGS AND TATTOOS
Earrings are the only visible “pierced” jewelry permitted during the academic day or at school functions. Unobtrusive “nose studs” may be permitted at the discretion of the Upper School Dean. The school reserves the right to ask that tattoos be covered up.
DORMITORY DRESS STANDARDS
Students may dress more informally during free time and for cafeteria-style meals except for lunch on school days (shirts worn in the dining hall must have sleeves). When in the dormitory, students may wear casual clothes. As a sign of respect to themselves and others, students should be fully attired whenever outside their rooms.