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Attire Guidelines

The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt is committed to providing a safe and secure environment and a positive learning atmosphere. SSMV students are expected to dress appropriately at all times while participating, showing respect for themselves and others. SSMV students should dress in a “smart casual” manner, meaning a preference for shirts with collars, sweaters, or blouses instead of t-shirts and shirts with large logos. Additionally, pants should not be classified as tights or athletic (eg. Yoga pants, sweat pants, or leggings).

In addition, the guidelines below will be enforced since our classroom is classified as a laboratory and because students periodically visit other research laboratories on campus. Adherence to the guidelines below will ensure the highest level of safety and reduce skin contact with hazards that may be present in a laboratory.

Laboratory Safe Attire

Open-toed shoes, sandals, and flip-flops may not be worn. Because students will periodically conduct lab experiments as part of the curriculum, protective footwear shall be worn to reduce foot contact with liquids or solids which may be hazardous.

Also, for lab safety purposes, shorts, cropped shirts, and skirts may not be worn. Pants must fall at or below the ankle. If a student’s personal belief system requires wearing of dresses or skirts, they must fall below the knee. All School for Science and Math students must adhere to the SSMV Attire guidelines when attending class on Vanderbilt campus. Exceptions may be made for field-based research studies.

SSMV reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and reserves the right to determine what might be disruptive or unsafe.

School Administration reserves the right to modify this policy.

Updated: 7/27/2021