JAMESTOWN — GTCC’s board of trustees approved on Thursday morning a host of policies regarding student behavior, including a nonspecific dress code.

The dress code calls for students and employees to dress “in a manner in keeping with the serious academic intent of the college and in a manner acceptable to the community.” The policy also says the college “respects individual style and creativity,” so long as clothing is not disruptive or distracting.

The idea of a dress code grew from concerns about how some students dress on campus. Some of those complaints came from meetings that students had with members of the board of trustees.

A task force studied a dress code and other student policies before bringing recommendations to GTCC leaders.

Brenda Kays, vice president for student learning and success, said the dress code is meant to be educational and to get students thinking and talking about employability skills. A faculty or staff member who sees a student wearing clothing with vulgar language can talk to the student about why that’s inappropriate, she said.

The dress code will be included in core course syllabi, giving faculty an opportunity to review it with their students in the classroom, she said.

The trustees also approved an identification card policy requiring all students to carry their cards on them. President Donald Cameron said this will help the college weed out who is a student and who is on campus “hanging out.” The trustees approved a motion that will require them also to carry identification cards.

While GTCC is already a tobacco-free campus, the trustees on Thursday approved a policy that says tobacco use will not be permitted on any campus facility, with the exception of minimal use for specific educational purposes. Kays said such an occasion might occur in some of the allied health programs in which students are learning the dangers of smoking.

Trustee Bob Landreth voted against the policy, saying he thought it created problems for people who are addicted to smoking. He said the college needed to have a space where students could smoke. Students have repeatedly violated the no-smoking policy.

Cameron said the college already has tried providing a place for smoking.

“It is a nightmare trying to keep it clean,” he said.

Contact Jonnelle Davis at

373-7080 or jonnelle.davis


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