There are some good reasons SHU could use a dress code
Many Catholic grade schools require uniforms. Non-Catholic private schools often require them as well. Some public schools even try to enforce a uniform policy.
Back in the 70’s, Seton Hall was not immune to the psychedelic hippie phase the rest of the country was experiencing.
One professor even experienced a student trying to streak in a classroom.
The fashion statement at the time involved a lot of tie dye and flowers.
When the University had a dress code, there were restrictions against blue jeans and loafers.
Jackets, ties, dresses and skirts were the standard. While these are the standard for career fairs and other events, some students would rather not dress this way.
Other students take a lot of liberty with their outfits, especially when the weather is warm at the start and end of the year.
There is no dress code now and the school does not plan on creating one any time soon.
While dress codes restrict some creative freedom, they may not be the worst thing.
Besides the classic argument that uniforms make getting ready in the morning and give students less laundry, they also alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with appearing a certain way.
Universities should not have uniforms.
But should there be a general dress code? Or is common sense good enough – we can trust our peers not to attempt any streaking stunts, right?
A dress code might not be the worst thing.
Certain outfits can be a distraction.
Trends like crop tops, tank tops, flower headbands and neon colors could attract attention to other people in the classroom and therefore take minds off of lectures for any given amount of time.
The punishments for violating it would not have to be severe, but having a dress code in writing could prevent some surprises we see in the classroom.