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Dress-Codes at d.tech: a Gray Area

By Zaina Shaikh

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Here at d.tech we don’t have an official dresscode, but students have been confronted by teachers about their outfits’ inappropriateness. The Dragon asked teachers why they “dress code” students, and found out that you’d be surprised why they do it – or don’t – do it.

d.tech staffer, Quincy Stamper, said, ¨Well, when we tell you to cover that up, we’re not saying that because it’s inappropriate. It’s about self respect.You have to dress conservative, you don’t want the guys or whoever it is to have the conclusion in their mind of thinking of you guys as objects. You want to save it for the person that you really want to see [you],¨ Quincy said.

Marcus Marshall, d.tech’s Athletic Director, described appropriate school clothing as, ¨Something that covers all your areas that, I [Marcus] wouldn’t want to be seen in myself, and something I wouldn’t want to see someone else in.¨ Marshall has never “dress coded” a student because he feels  ¨uncomfortable¨ doing so. However, he did say that he feels that there should be, ¨a line…or boundary, to keep some kind of control, or else people would be coming in some crazy **censored** gear.¨ When asked whether enforcing a dress code could maintain students’ levels of self respect, he responded, ¨It could start with a dress code, but you having self respect is something you have to take on upon yourself.¨ He added,  ¨Your body is yours, keep it special, because you are special.¨

But what about the female perspective? Sarah Lucckesi, d.tech Educational Specialist, said, ¨I think dress code is slightly important. As students get older and prepare to join the workforce, many companies do set clear guidelines on their dress codes. I’d like to think that a student’s job is going to school, so they should want to dress for success.¨ When asked if she would “dress code” a student if she saw anything inappropriate, she said, ¨If the school set clear guidelines to what defines inappropriate clothing choices, I would have a conversation with the student in order to understand why the student made that choice, but I don’t know that I would ‘dress code’ the student.¨

Sophomore,  Agathe Vasseur, has been “dress coded” in the past. ¨I was wearing a tank top that was showing 2-3 inches of my skin on my belly,¨ she claimed. She thinks she shouldn’t have been “dress coded.” Nevertheless, Vasseur concluded that appropriate dress is “whatever you feel comfortable in!¨

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