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Student Dress Code

Explanation of Professional Appearance Policy

From Student Handbook “All CVM students are expected to dress appropriately at all times with particular attention given to personal hygiene, cleanliness, and especially professional demeanor. Students need to demonstrate that they have proper judgment about what attire to wear for a given educational activity. Clients should feel comfortable in a student’s presence. A student who makes a client, simulated client, or visitor feel uncomfortable is not showing good judgment in this critical area.

Students who come to school dressed unprofessionally will be asked to leave campus, change clothes, and return in appropriate attire. Any absence from class or from an exam because of a student’s lack of judgment will be considered an unexcused absence. The dress code is enforced between the hours of 7:30 am – 4:30 pm on Monday through Friday.”

Students are expected to follow professional casual dress guidelines for on-campus activities such as class. Students should be prepared to dress slightly more professional for other activities such as guest speakers, conferences, and special events like White Coat Ceremony. For example, for men, a tie is not required for classes but would be for other activities. Students will be notified ahead of time of events that require attire other than professional casual is required.

Dress code for lab, the VMTRC, and other clinical settings are different than for classes and is outlined in the Student Handbook.

Professional Casual Dress Code Guidelines and Examples

Professional casual is neat and should look appropriate in a professional college. Avoid tight or baggy clothing; professional casual is classic rather than trendy. Everything should be clean, wrinkle-free, well-fitted, and not show excessive wear.


Khaki or dark pants and dress shirts. Jeans will be permitted if they fit properly. Faded jeans or jeans that have holes or tears in them are not permitted. Women can wear sweaters; but should be aware of low cut necklines are never appropriate. Polo/golf shirts for both me and women are acceptable. All clothes should be clean, wrinkle-free, and well-fitted.


Men: Khakis or slacks are acceptable. Jeans will be permitted if they fit properly. Faded jeans or jeans that have holes or tears in them are not permitted.

Women: Women can wear pants, skirts, or dresses. Jeans will be permitted if they fit properly. Faded jeans or jeans that have holes or tears in them are not permitted. If you are wearing a skirt or dress it must be no shorter than 3 finger widths above your knee. The style of dress or skirt must be appropriate for class (i.e. no sun dresses or formal wear).


Men: Button-up shirts, polo shirts, sweaters, turtle neck shirts are acceptable.

Women: Tailored shirts, blouses, sweaters and polo shirts, are acceptable.

Shoes and socks:

Men: Appropriate shoes or boots should be worn. No sandals, athletic shoes or hiking boots. Socks should be worn at all times.

Women: Appropriate shoes or boots shoes should be worn. Dress sandals (not flip flops) may be worn in appropriate weather. No athletic shoes or hiking boots. Nylons, if worn, must be a solid, neutral color (i.e. black, tan, nude, or grey).


Belts should be worn as needed.

Watches, jewelry and other accessories

Watches, jewelry, and other accessories should not be excessive or distracting.


Appropriate undergarments must be worn and not be visible through clothing.


Hair should be kept neat. Unnatural hair colors (i.e. blue or green) are not permitted.

For Men:

Ties: Ties are not necessary for classes. Students will be informed of events where more professional dress is required such as guest speakers or special events.

Facial hair: Facial hair, if worn, should be well-groomed.

For Women:

Cosmetics: Keep makeup, if worn, professional and natural looking.

Items that are not permitted:

While not an exhaustive list, tube tops, sweatshirts, hoodies, tank tops, t-shirts, flip-flops, excessive body piercing, cut-off shorts, tennis shoes, and jeans with holes in them are considered to be examples of inappropriate dress and therefore unacceptable. Revealing, tight or excessively baggy clothes are not appropriate.