Council considers separating dress code from Honor Code


Financial District, NEW YORK--The controversial topic of the college dress code resurfaced at a Feb. 5 King's Council meeting after being tabled at the last meeting and is now moving closer to a resolution.

As of now, the student dress code is a part of the King's Honor Code, but some students would prefer if more of a division existed between the two policies.

House leaders at large said they would like the dress code to be removed from the school’s Honor Code, qualifying that attire should be addressed apart from a document that deals with bigger issues of morality and integrity.

Josh Linder's meeting transcript said that the Council "resolved to recommend to Student Development a removal of the dress code from under the honor code and for presidents to conduct a conversation with Student Development about enforcement.”

This suggestion, moved by House of Reagan President David Dantzler, preceded a request for amendment from the House of Lewis President Mike Medeiros proposing that House and King’s Council leaders begin an ongoing conversation with students concerning the topic of the dress code; this was adopted 9-0.

Dantzler said that he and fellow Reaganites post style articles from publications like GQ on the House’s Facebook page, encouraging each other to embrace the unique environment at King’s and adopt a strong sense of House pride.

On the opposite end of encouragement, suggestions to impose shame on dress code violators also arose (for example, one of the House presidents, who shall remain unnamed, recommended that offenders be forced to don hideous orange “vests of shame” as punishment for under-dressing).

The Council has decided that the dress code will no longer be discussed at future council meetings, but the conversation will continue between the House presidents and Student Development, most likely at future presidents’ meetings. Also mentioned was the possibility of a “town hall”  discussion that could involve the student body, if the subject is deemed important or relevant enough.

What do King’s students have to say about the dress code? Is this a school-wide concern? Are there certain changes that students would like to see made in an effort to more clearly define it? Who is responsible for enforcing the dress code, if anyone? Leave a comment below, and share your thoughts with us!