Dress Code

IUSM Professional Dress Code

Approved by Curriculum Council Clinical Component: 4.3.12
Approved by Curriculum Council Steering Committee: 4.10.12

I.            PURPOSE

As a representative of the Indiana University School of Medicine every student is responsible for creating a favorable impression to support a positive image for our patients, families, and guests.  An individual’s appearance should create a feeling of confidence and respect through grooming and attire that is tasteful, neat, clean, and of appropriate size and length.

II.           SCOPE

All students are covered by this policy.

III.           POLICY STATEMENT - Minimum Standards

  1. Identification Badges:  All students are required to wear their identification badge at all times while on duty, except those students restricted from wearing the badge while working in sterile environments.  This ID badge must be worn above the waist so it can be easily read.  This will help patients, family members, physicians, visitors, and other employees identify the student.  Only stickers, emblems, and/or pins related to hospital sponsored or supported affiliations and professional affiliations may be attached to the ID badge as long as pertinent information is not covered.
  2. Personal Hygiene:  All students are required to be clean and maintain appropriate personal hygiene with regard to their body, hair, and nails.  Hair and nails need to be clean, neat, and of a reasonable length so as to not interfere with the student’s and/or patient’s safety or ability to perform their duties.  Artificial fingernails of any type are forbidden. Sensitivity and moderation should be exercised in the use of fragrance products.  Health related issues associated with fragrance products may lead to the establishment of control parameters and may be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  3. Clothing and Accessories:  Students should dress and accessorize in a manner that projects a professional image.  Clothes and work shoes need to be clean, neat, and in good repair.  Jewelry must not interfere with the student’s and/or patient’s safety or ability to perform their duties.  Clothing, jewelry, and accessories must also follow department-specific dress code guidelines, if applicable.
  4. Items considered inappropriate for a health care environment include but are not limited to:

   i.   bare back tops, halter tops, midriff tops, spandex tops, or other formfitting materials

   ii.  clothing or accessories bearing pictures or writing that states or implies nonprofessional, illegal, distasteful, or suggestive language/activities

  iii.  sunglasses (without medical reason)

  iv.  head coverings except when associated with professional, medical, or religious rationale or are  required for reasons related to practice or Board of Health regulations

  v.   visible tattooing that might be considered inappropriate or offensive

 vi.   facial piercing exemplified by eyebrows, lip, or tongue, or three or more earrings on one ear

 vii.  slippers and/or open-toe shoes (flip flops, sandals, etc.)

 ix.   Shorts (including walking shorts)

  x.   T-shirts, sweatshirts and pants, mini-skirts (skirts being more than six (6) inches above the knee), spaghetti strap dresses

  xi.  any color of any denim apparel including skirts, dresses, jumpers, shirts, pants, vests, and jackets

 xii.  painter/carpenter overalls and pants and bib overalls

xiii.  excessively worn, frayed, or wrinkled items

xiv.  reflective clothing (i.e., shiny garments with a liquid appearance)

xv.   any attire which would be worn for sports activity except when athletic shoes are worn by        students involved in providing patient care services

xvi.  clothing which advertises a service, business, non-health-related association, or other enterprise.  Designer logos are allowed (i.e. IZOD, Polo, Tommy, FUBU, etc.)

e.    Appropriateness to the type of duties being performed is the applicable standard if there is a question about the appropriateness of a student’s appearance or dress that is not specifically mentioned in this policy.  Scrubs are only to be worn in clinical settings.

f.    Students are to also adhere to the dress code policies at the affiliate sites in which they are assigned.

g.    Students who violate policy will be directed to leave the premises to change their attire.  Breaches of dress code may be reported as a Professionalism & Role Recognition competency deficiency. Repeated violations of this policy will be addressed by the Clerkship Director and may lead to discipline up to and including failure of the clerkship

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