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Certain student workers no longer need uniforms

On January 11, 2013

 

Tutors and writing center employees will not have to follow a dress code after several students spoke out about the administrative proposal last month.

Several student workers spoke at a Student Senate meeting Dec. 4 and argued against a new uniform policy for all Division of Student Affairs workers. The policy included khakis or dress pants and a university-provided polo that was not allowed to be worn outside of work.

Dean of Students Michele Martinez said the Student Affairs senior staff decided to change course a few days after SG passed a resolution denouncing the changes.

All student workers are asked to wear name tags, only those who are working behind a desk will dress in a uniform, including resident advisers.

Matinez said she believes this event will encourage students to give more feedback, and it will also push administrators to seek more student input before making decisions.

“I think that’s the largest dialogue we’ve had in Student Government all year, with people on both sides arguing a topic, and I think it was good,” she said.

Martinez said there are no plans to alter the dress policy any further.

Joe Ozbolt, a tutor and senior double majoring in math and physics, said he was glad he had the chance to address his concerns about the policy and feels like the administration took his thoughts seriously.

“This tells students it’s not impossible to make a change. It tells them they have a right to speak out,” he said.

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