Propriety – Asbury University
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In a community, guidelines of propriety provide direction for behaviors which are considered acceptable and proper. For example, standard guidelines for etiquette are simply expected rather than being delineated in this document, but specific matters of propriety for the Asbury University campus follow. Members of the community are challenged to give up some of their own preferences for the sake of community.

These Asbury University-specific expectations reflect a community concern for modesty and courtesy. Violations in the area of propriety usually result in incident notices or warnings unless the action is repeated or part of a pattern of unacceptable behavior which requires a more stringent consequence.

  • Dress Code: The campus dress code represents a concern for modesty, neatness, timeliness, cleanliness and appropriateness. Historically, community members have dressed according to high standards which demonstrated maturity. As fads and fashions come and go, Asbury reserves the right to determine if styles are appropriate and conform to the principles named here. For instance, shorts or skirts that do not meet mid-thigh and shirts that show the midriff are considered inappropriate attire anywhere on campus.

    Faculty, staff and Community Life staff in charge of activities or facilities of the University have the authority to require adjustments on the part of individuals whose apparel is considered inappropriate.

    Biblical principles which apply to the area of attire include a desire to glorify God in everything, responsibility to fellow believers, respect for others including a sensitivity not to offend, and personal standards appropriate to being a “new creation.”

    The dress code is designed to delineate a difference between the class experience (including chapel) and the casual environment. Students in classes are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for the business of being a student and in a way that reflects a respect for the academic endeavor. Specifically:

    • Class and Chapel Attire: Shorts, athletic wear, sports hats, torn or ragged clothing and t-shirts with messages that are in conflict with the character and values of Asbury University should not be worn.
    • Casual Attire: Principles of modesty and neatness still should be considered for attire worn in public areas like the student center, cafeteria, library and classroom buildings when not in class. Shorts and athletic wear (excluding running shorts, swimsuits, and spandex-type shorts/tights) may be worn in public areas when not in class.
    • Semi-Formal Attire: In keeping with the principle of appropriateness and timeliness, community members are encouraged to wear more formal attire for special events such as Artist Series, Highbridge Film Festival or other special occasions. Modesty should always be considered.
  • Grooming: Community members should refrain from extreme hairstyles. Hair should be neat and clean, and beards and mustaches should be neatly trimmed.
  • Relationships and Visitation: Out of respect for others and propriety in relationships, members of the community are asked to be discreet and prudent in public displays of affection.

    Discretion in visiting the rooms, homes or off-campus living quarters of the opposite sex is expected.

    • Visiting the rooms or residence halls of the opposite sex should only be during designated visitation times and in accordance with residence life visitation policies.
    • Visiting the off-campus living quarters of the opposite sex alone should be avoided.
    • Spending the night with a member of the opposite sex, even without sexual contact, is considered inappropriate and could result in consequences including separation from the University for a period of time.

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