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Archives: Faculty votes to Allow T-shirts and Shorts

Sage Brennan

by on Friday, October 14th, 2011

After a lengthy discussion, the faculty voted last Friday to allow Milton Academy students to wear T-shirts and shorts during the school day. The vote came as a result of an SGA proposal which was first presented to Burch Ford, Dean of Students, and then to the faculty. The result is relief from the heat of early September, late May and June for students who have historically complained about having to wear cool-weather clothing on hot days. The faculty also discussed penalties for dress-code violations.

According to Ford, the SGA recommendation to the faculty was to allow T-shirts throughout the year, and shorts during September and the period from the middle of May through the end of school. The faculty voted to allow both shorts and T-shirts, provided that there were specific parameters that would determine which shorts and T-shirts were to be considered illegal. Ford says that she will meet with the head class advisors, by the faculty’s recommendation, to define those parameters and decide the exact time during which shorts will be allowed in classes.

The faculty discussed the dress code related issues at length during the faculty meeting on the 8th.  According to Ford, there was actually “very little discussion about T-shirts, but much time was spent deciding about penalties for violations of the dress code.” The faculty decided to require one hour of work-duty for each violation.

Ford feels that the specifics (i.e. which T-shirts are offensive) need to be defined. “It is important that the dress code have agreement and clarity, unlike last year, because confusion about the dress code makes it ambiguous.” The decision by the faculty, several years ago, that some T-shirts were appropriate for girls to wear (according to the latest fashion trends), eventually led to last week’s decision to allow all students to wear T-shirts. Future meetings should end the controversy that ensued because each faculty member has a different definition of offensive. Male students at MA, who have often wondered why girls are allowed to wear skirts that are skimpier than any shorts, are happy about the faculty’s decision. Jon Newton, Class I, says that he “can’t believe the faculty’s decision.” Everyone seems to find the decision to be satisfactory, and the students are enjoying their new-found freedom.

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