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5.2.16 Personal Appearance

Staff members represent the Church and should therefore maintain a professional appearance, and observe good habits of grooming and personal hygiene. Modesty is one of the cardinal virtues, accodringly, suitably conservative business attire must be worn at archdiocese locations/worksites, all work areas, and offsite while conducting archdiocesan business. Tattoos should be covered up, hair color must be natural (black, blonde, brown, grey, red, white) and hair styles should avoid extremes.

Staff members should check with the person in charge for clarification about what is appropriate in their work area.

Whether or not a staff member is in the public eye, appropriate business attire must be worn on top and bottom. Revealing, form-fitting, provocative clothing is not considered business attire. For example, the following are not appropriate at any time:

  • Casual t-shirts or tank tops with slogans or prominent advertising text or images (except archdiocesan events)
  • Crop tops or tank tops (women)
  • Tank tops or sleeveless shirts (men)
  • Flip-flops or bare feet
  • Torn, frayed, sagging pants or pants with holes
  • Jeans, unless the staff member's job function requires freedom of movement, such as maintenance, food service, gardening, athletics or construction
  • Leggings or tights in lieu of pants
  • Shorts
  • Sweats
  • Athletic apparel during non-athletic activities

Certain job functions may call for different work clothes.  In these cases, attire appropriate to the task may be worn.

Dress policy at locations must follow these guidelines.

Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that staff members adhere to the dress code and are expected to take the steps necessary to remind and counsel staff regarding violations of the dress code. Violations of the dress code will result in disciplinary action and/or the employee's being asked to go home to change clothing.


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