With the diversity of backgrounds represented in the Dallas Theological Seminary community, the question of appropriate dress is occasionally raised. We commit ourselves to build and live in community that encourages responsible care and stewardship of the human body and soul while personally reflecting Christian modesty, maturity, discretion, and respect. Students are expected to maintain neat and proper attire.
Shorts are not appropriate during the fall or spring semester in the classroom or administrative buildings. Overly casual attire (such as gym shorts, workout clothing, flip flops, baseball caps, etc.) or clothing in disrepair (such as ripped jeans) is not appropriate in the classroom or administrative buildings. Shoes must be worn at all times in the classroom or administrative buildings. Apparel displaying vulgarity or vulgar graphics is considered inappropriate.
Exception for uniform work shorts is granted for Facilities and Plant Operations (FPO) employees while working on campus. All FPO guidelines must be followed. Appropriate dress shorts (not gym shorts, cut offs, or workout clothing) may be worn during summer school classes and summer school chapel at the discretion of the professor and based on the appropriateness of the situation.
Students are encouraged to consider the following principles as we together live in Christian community:
We relate and interact as members of a community. In community, we are called to be considerate of others, even putting another’s interests above our own, or foregoing a personal liberty for the sake of another (Philippians 2:4; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23).