Policy Details

Title: 02.02.004 - Student Dress and Hygiene

Policy Number: 02.02.004

Policy Title: Student Dress and Hygiene

Status: Active


This policy applies to students while participating in official school-related activities which include Skills Labs, clinical/field experiences, Capstone experiences, meetings with clinical providers or employers, etc.
Students are expected to wear the required school uniform and ID Badge to all school-related activities. The uniform consists of a grey button down tactical shirt with affixed Axon student patch or Axon student polo, white under shirt, black tactical pants, black belt, and black boots (preferably tactical in nature). Students must ensure that all uniform elements are clean and free of wrinkles, with both the under and outer shirts tucked in, and belt fastened. Students are expected to wear their issued institution Student ID Badge when in uniform.
Students may be allowed an exception to uniform requirements in pre-approved situations in which the candidate is completing clinical/field experiences, or Capstone experiences, solely at their own Fire Department. In such instances, the student must seek special approval from the institution prior to the scheduled clinical/field experience(s).
Hygiene and Grooming
Students are expected to have a natural hair color. The student's hair may be dyed as long as the resulting color is considered a natural hair color. Students with facial hair must be clean-shaven except for a mustache and/or goatee beard. The institutional preference is that any student attending a clinical/field experience be clean-shaven with no mustache or beard, as this is the standard expectation at field sites operated as a part of a fire department. In rare instances, a student may gain approval to participate in clinical/field experiences with additional facial hair, but only if the student obtains faculty-approval in advance of the experience, and the site does not have a policy against facial hair.
Students are expected to maintain proper hygiene when attending skills labs and clinical/field experiences; this includes well groomed hair, good dental hygiene, and control of body odor.
Students are allowed to have ear piercings. No other visible piercings are acceptable.
Students are not allowed to participate in clinical/field experiences with any tattoo visible above the collar of the student's uniform. Tattoos in other locations on the body are generally acceptable as long as they are deemed in good taste. Tattoos including words or symbols that could be construed as racist, sexist, indecent, promoting criminal behavior or organizations, depicting alcohol use, or depicting drug use; images portraying anything inconsistent with the standards of the EMS community; or anything that might elicit a strong negative reaction among viewers must be covered by clothing. Students with tattoos should arrive at any clinical/field experiences with appropriate extra clothing that would allow the student to cover existing tattoos in the event that the clinical/field site has a stricter policy than stated here, or in the event that an employee, volunteer, patient, or other stakeholder at the site explicitly objects to the student's tattoos.