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Dress Code: Attire and Grooming Guidelines

Workplace attire and grooming must be neat, clean and appropriate for the work being performed and the setting in which the work is performed. This document shall serve as a general guideline for the staff of Texas A&M University-Texarkana; however, implementation of these guidelines shall be at the discretion of the departments. Any questions about the guidelines for attire should be discussed with the department manager. Managers are responsible for ensuring that their employees are aware of and adhere to the university’s dress code. 

Rule of Thumb Regarding Workplace Attire: 

Staff members should dress to the above standards and in a professional manner so that if a candid photo of them in their work setting were taken, they would be comfortable showing that photo to executives in the context of their seeking a promotion or competing for a position to advance their career prospects in their current line of work. Such a photo should create a positive impression of the employee and of Texas A&M University-Texarkana. 

Fridays are designated as “Casual Fridays” on the A&M-Texarkana campus. On Casual Fridays and other days announced by the university president, the following standards for dress apply: 

Blue jeans (without holes or fraying) may be worn with collared shirt, sweater, or blazer. T-shirts with A&M logo may be worn only in conjunction with special university events. Employees may always dress more formally than the standards of Casual Fridays at their discretion and consistent with the nature of their work assignments. Managers have the authority to require more formal dress on Fridays as is appropriate for their departments. 

Examples of Inappropriate Attire 

The following list of items is not all-inclusive but shall provide examples of clothing and footwear that are unacceptable in the A&M-Texarkana workplace. 

Shorts 

Athletic or exercise attire 

T-shirts 

Sweatshirts (included hooded) or sweatpants 

Overalls 

Attire with inappropriate slogans or designs 

Strapless tops or tops with spaghetti straps 

Revealing clothing 

Student Workers 

Student workers may wear jeans as long as they are neat and clean and worn with A&M-Texarkana t-shirts or collared shirts for men and the equivalent of collared shirts for women (i.e., no tank tops or low cut/tight tops). Any variation in the dress code for student workers will be at the discretion of the particular department manager.