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Student Worker Handbook: Dress Code

What you need to know to excel as a library assistant

DO Wear


  • NICE jeans
  • Dress pants
  • Khakis
  • Corduroys
  • Slacks


  • Casual tops
  • T-shirts
  • SWU shirts. 


  • Items that fall at or below the knee
  • Dresses should match the dress code policies for shirts.


  • Most types of casual/dressy shoes
  • Nice tennis/athletic shoes
  • Sandals 

HATS - Do not wear hats at work

It Is Important

Student workers who fail to meet the expectations for professional appearance will be asked to sign out and change clothes before returning to work.

General Rule


This may sound silly, but it reflects the expectation that we have for anyone working in the library.  We have an expectation of modesty and professionalism.

For many visitors to campus, the library is the public face of the University. Some campus visitors only enter the library. Since the library has such high visibility to a wide variety of people, staff and student worker appearance and attire should conform to professional standards. 

The following clothing guidelines represent our expectations for professional appearance. These policies are similar to the university dress code. Differences reflect the need for a dressier appearance than what you might wear to class or around campus, in addition to our need to conform to certain safety standards.

Do NOT Wear


  • Faded jeans
  • Jeans with holes
  • Sweatpants/athletic pants
  • Pajama pants
  • Shorts
  • Leggings as pants.


  • T-shirts with inappropriate pictures/words
  • Shirts and blouses that do not cover the top of your pants/skirt when bending or reaching
  • Sleeveless shirts, tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps
  • Shirts made of sheer or see-through material
  • Shirts with neck openings that reveal excessive cleavage while you are standing or bending


  • Items that are shorter than knee-length
  • tops that show excess cleavage
  • tight fitting dresses.


  • Flip-flops
  • shoes that are dirty or worn out


  • Hats or beanies


  • Leggings are not pants, if you wear them, be sure your shirt is long enough to cover your rear end.
  • No one, particularly men, should wear clothing that is baggy such that it appears “sloppy”; no one, particularly women, should wear clothing that is too tight.
  • Alternative clothing worn during spirit days (e.g. pajama day) should be changed before work. 
  • Any words, lettering, or graphics with offensive language is not acceptable.
  • If you have any questions regarding clothing, feel free to talk to Ms. Jenn or Ms. Shannon.