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DRESS CODE GUIDELINES FOR KIST STUDENTS

KARUME INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

DRES'S CODE GUIDELINES FOR KIST STUDENTS 2021/2022

1. INTRODUCTION 

Over the past decade, the higher education institutions' dress code has become an increasingly common policy nationwide. As opposed to the requirements of students to wear specific clothing in the form of uniforms, the dress code provides guidelines through which students are allowed to wear any clothing that meets the Institute and community requirements. When students grow and develop their identities, they often use clothes as a way to express who they are and what they believe. For this, Institute clothing and personal appearance should be neat, becoming, and appropriate. 

The Karume Institute of Science and Technology understands and fully supports students’ right to self-expression. The Institute also has an obligation to create a living, teaching, and learning environment where all members of the community are comfortable and not offended by inappropriate dress. 

The Institute Management, classroom instructors/lecturers, and other staff have the responsibility to oversee and address guidelines violators and/or deny services to students dressed in any of the prohibited attire. 

1.1 Rationale for Developing Students’ Dress Code Guidelines 

Students have been found wearing clothing that does not conform to the values of the KIST community. Also, students lack a clear interpretation of what constitutes acceptable dresses. 

Observance of Dress Codes is important because it helps to preserve moral standards, ensure discipline and a sense of responsibility among students, prepare students for their careers in real-world as many professions need smart personnel, and contribute to safe and supportive teaching and learning environment. 

Studying at an Institute is not only passing examinations but also maintaining the good image of oneself and the respective Institute through descent dresses. 

The Dress Code is designed to provide appropriate guidelines to all students to dress in a manner that is respectful of themselves and in the KIST community. 

1.2 Objectives of the Dress Code Guidelines 

Main Objective 

The main objective of the Dress Code Guidelines is to provide guidance to students on the appropriate dressing. 

Specific objectives i. Ensure smartness and appropriateness of dressing 

ii. Provide cultural and academic development arena 

iii. Provides a productive and positive atmosphere for the teaching and learning environment. 

2. REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS 

The following is required to be observed by all students at KIST: 

  1. For Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Pilot Engineering, students wear their uniforms according to their respective courses.

  2. Students should always wear their ID cards when on campus except in their hostel rooms. 

  3. The distinction of appropriate dress is subject to situations such as classes, workshops, places of worship, business and formal affairs, relaxation, and play/sports activities. 

  4. Learn to use the socially acceptable dress for specific occasions and activities. 

  5. Special Coats, White and Blue, are Common for both gender for Lab work. A white overcoat is exclusively meant for Computer, Electrical, Renewable Energy, Electronics, Telecommunication, Biomedical, Biology, Chemistry and Physics Labs, while Blue overcoats shall be worn for Workshops., Mechanical, Oil and Gas, Plumbing, Carpentry, and Civil Labs. 

  6. Inappropriate attire will be considered absolute or offensive garments without proper undergarments to unclear their transparency; form-fitting clothing without proper support undergarments; micro-mini dresses/skirts that do not cover enough of the thighs while standing/sitting; halter tops; midriff blouses; t-shirts bearing disrespectful language/indecent messages, and cut-out or torn jeans that reveal undergarments and/or private parts; 

  7. All trousers and gowns in the KIST area must be cotton/cadet and not jeans as curricula demand. For female students can wear a baya.

  8. Shoes are compulsory for all students on all working days. Indecent and undesirable dresses carrying political, abusive, obscene, commercial, and religious slogans; dresses designed in a provocative or vulgar mode; dresses carrying suggestive pictures, photographs, and invitations for mischief are strictly prohibited and liable for strong disciplinary action.

  9. Neither males nor females shall show any visual display of underwear. 

  10. Neither males nor females shall wear baseball caps, stocking caps, skullcaps, sun-visors, and bandannas in public buildings except in the privacy of the student's hostels or for religious or cultural activities; 

  11.  Hairstyle and beards should be moderate, no rasta, no funny cutting styles. Moustache is strictly not allowed.

  12. Dress KIST be appropriate for the occasion or setting. During special occasions (convocations, career/graduate and professional Institute fairs, employment opportunities, etc.) business or formal wear (shirt and tie, business suit, blazer and dress skirt/slacks, or dress/tuxedo) should be worn; and 

  13. Pajamas of all kinds, hair rollers, and/or bedroom slippers shall be worn only in the residence halls/blocks and not be worn in public areas. 

3. STUDENT DRESSING GUIDELINES 

3.1 Students will dress in accordance with their gender with the following guidelines: 

Clothing and general appearance shall not cause a disturbance or interference with the instructional programme. Clothing and general appearance KIST did not constitute a health or safety hazard; 

  • For Male Students 

  1. Male students shall not wear sleeveless/singlet garments in public areas. 

  2. Hats, caps, sweatbands, and other types of head coverings shall not be worn in the public areas unless approved for religious or medical reasons; 

  3. Males are not allowed to plait their hair and wear earrings; 

  4. Tattoos/tattooing makeup are not allowed; 

  5. Sandals/open shoes (kandambili, yeboyebo’s, etc) are forbidden; 

  6. No cut-off shirts or unbuttoned shirts will be allowed; 

  7. A student shall not wear clothing with obscene, crude, suggestive or vulgar phrases, or clothing that is suggestive or indecent; 

  8. Clothing advertising or supporting the use of alcohol, tobacco products, illicit drugs, promiscuity, or violence is not allowed; 

  9. Clothing that exposes underclothing/under trousers shall not be worn. Clothing considered and designed as underclothing such as skin-tight shall not be worn as outside garments; 

  10. Gang-related clothing is not allowed. Gang symbols (such as pacifiers, bandannas, or any other item or hairstyle identified with a gang) or symbols identified with an Institute fraternity or sorority are not allowed; Jewels that are a health or safety hazard or that depict weapons of violence, drugs, or alcohol should not be worn.  

  11. Jewels with spikes are not allowed; All clothes shall be in a state of good repair. Torn, ripped, or clothing with holes is not allowed. Trousers, running shorts, and gym shorts shall be worn only inappropriate physical education classes and are not appropriate in the classroom setting; 

  12. Students shall not dress in any manner reasonably deemed to be inappropriate and disruptive to the teaching and learning process as determined by the Institute management.  

  • For Female Students: 

  1. All clothing KIST be of appropriate length and fit. To be acceptable, skirts for female students KIST be hemmed and extend under the knees. Excessively loose or excessively tight-fitting clothing is not permitted. Form-fitting clothing KIST be covered with garments of appropriate length; 

  2. Strapless tops, tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, tops with excessively low necklines, and halters are not allowed. Midriffs shall not be exposed. 

  3. Female students shall not wear sleeveless garments which do not completely cover undergarments.  

  4. Hats, caps, sweatbands, and other types of head coverings shall not be worn in the public areas unless approved for religious or medical reasons; 

  5. Hair should be neat and clean and should not obstruct vision. Rollers, comb, and picks shall not be worn in the hair; 

  6. Tattoos/tattooing makeup are not allowed; 

  7. Sandals/open shoes (kandambili, yeboyebo’s, etc) are forbidden; 

  8. No cut-off shirts or unbuttoned shirts will be allowed; 

  9. A student shall not wear clothing with obscene, crude, suggestive, or vulgar phrases, or clothing that is suggestive or indecent; 

  10. Clothing advertising or supporting the use of alcohol, tobacco products, illicit drugs, promiscuity, or violence is not allowed; 

  11. The following trousers are not allowed to wear in the Institute area: Sagging trousers, Pajama trousers, Trousers with writing across the seat, and trousers that drag the floor.

  12. Clothing that exposes underclothing/under trousers shall not be worn. Clothing considered and designed as underclothing such as skin-tight shall not be worn as outside garments; 

  13. Gang-related clothing is not allowed. Gang symbols (such as pacifiers, bandannas, or any other item or hairstyle identified with a gang) or symbols identified with an Institute fraternity or sorority are not allowed; Jewels that are a health or safety hazard or that depict weapons of violence, drugs, or alcohol should not be worn. Jewels in pierced body parts are not allowed except in ears.

  14. Jewels with spikes are not allowed; All clothes shall be in a state of good repair. Torn, ripped, or clothing with holes is not allowed. Trousers, running shorts, and gym shorts shall be worn only inappropriate physical education classes and are not appropriate in the classroom setting;

  15. Students shall not dress in any manner reasonably deemed to be inappropriate and disruptive to the teaching and learning process as determined by the Institute management.  

3.2 Dress code violation 

 Going against this dress code will result in a fine that will be included in the student’s tuition fees. A student who has a question about the appropriateness of dressing should discuss the specific issue with the appropriate staff member before. 

4. REINFORCEMENT OF THE GUIDELINES   

  1. The Institute administration will thoroughly communicate with students on the appropriate dressing and enforce the guidelines in a fair, timely, and consistent manner. 

  2. Repeatedly offenders will be referred to the disciplinary authority for disciplinary action. 

  3. Students should be given an opportunity to come into compliance with the dress code after being made aware on the proper dressing guidelines. 

  4. Each case should be documented. 

5. AMENDMENT OF THE GUIDELINES 

KIST management reserves the right to adjust these guidelines at any time, especially in situations where dress, grooming, or visible bodily markings, become disrupting to the norms and academic environment. Such changes will occur more individually, but overall adjustments may be made. 

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