FTCC considering dress code, smoke-free campus

October 19, 2010 9:03:32 PM PDT
Fayetteville Technical Community College's Board of Directors is considering a dress code that would eliminate sagging pants on campus as well as a policy that would make the campus smoke-free.The school already has a policy about student attire under the student code of conduct. However, the Board of Directors believes a dress code will improve the learning environment and promote good behavior, among other things.

"Our main job is to make sure that our students when they come to us for educational training that they are employable," FTCC President Dr. Larry Keen said. "And when they leave here that what they invested their time and effort and money into that it gives them results. And so if we fail to correct them in terms of behaviors such as improper dress codes such as I just described, then we're not doing them a favor."

In addition to the dress policy, the board is also considering making the campus smoke and tobacco free.

The college already has a smoking policy which bans smoking in buildings and limits smoking to designated areas.

The campus has 17 designated smoking areas, but many students don't use them.

"I'd rather keep it in the designated areas and not ban it all together," FTCC student Suzanne Faircloth said. "As long as people could abide that and smoke were they're suppose to."

"I mean I can understand not smoking in buildings you know, having a designated area to smoke that I can follow those rules, but to just completely ban smoking, it's too much," FTCC student Carolina Fisher said.

The Board of Directors says the policies are not going to change overnight, but they are is looking into them. Recommendations will be made and they may be implemented by the first of the year.

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