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Business Casual Dress Code

Guidelines for Staff

  • Austin Peay observes a year-round business casual dress with the stipulation that business attire will be expected when the occasion requires it.
  • Public Safety is exempt from this policy.
  • Other departments where a uniform is required, such as the Physical Plant, are exempt from this policy but may choose to participate if appropriate based on job duties and as long as a name tag is worn.
  • When meeting with visitors from outside the University, or when the University is hosting special groups or guests, employees are expected to dress appropriately for the occasion.
  • Employees are expected to use good judgment and wear clothing that is appropriate for a professional setting.
  • Employees should err on the side of caution; if an item is questionable, another item or clothing should be selected.
  • Periodically, on special occasions, a day will be designated “jean day” or “T-shirt day” when blue jeans, other denim jeans and APSU logo/seasonal T-shirts/sweatshirts will be permitted.
  • For more detailed information about the Business Casual Dress Code, go HERE

Clothing/footwear considered acceptable includes, but is not limited to:

  • Khaki pants or any other type of pants generally viewed as business casual
  • Golf or polo shirts
  • Denim dresses or jumpers
  • Denim shirts and APSU logo sweatshirts
  • Dresses/skirts/shorts (shorts on Fridays only) no shorter than 3 inches above the knee 

Clothing/footwear considered inappropriate and unacceptable include:

  • Items that are worn, ripped, frayed, torn or unkempt
  • Items containing obscene, profane, discriminatory, provocative or inflammatory words or pictures
  • Items advertising alcoholic beverages, drugs, drug paraphernalia or tobacco products
  • Sweatshirts/sweatpants/leggings
  • See-through garments, halter tops, bare midriff/back tops, tank tops/muscle shirts, low-cut blouses and pants
  • Pool/beach attire including beach sandals and thongs/flipflops
  • Blue jeans or other denim pants (unless the supervisor approves as an exception based on the nature of the job)
  • Collarless T-shirts
  • Worn out sneakers


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