Appendix 2: Dressing Code for Medical Students at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
In formulation of a dressing code for students in the JKUAT Medical School the following points have been taken into consideration:
1. Medical practice is the oldest noble profession and is based on respect of life, human rights and humanity.
2. The most important client in this profession is the patient. His/her basic human rights, privacy, opinions and confidence have to be a foremost consideration at all times. In this regard, it should be appreciated that the vast majority and decency as well as strongly African cultural points of view. They hence do not approve of revealing attire currently prevalent in Western culture, which may be viewed as offensive.
3. A code of dress is therefore conducive to such coexistence and mutual respects.
4. The University of JKUAT is a secular institution catering for students from all religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. It is a situation that demands prudent coexistence, tolerance and comprise. It is not an appropriate venue for expressing extremism, whether social, religious or ethnic.
Areas where the code of dress applies
It should be used in the clinical/business areas of the Campus which include: inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, hospital corridors, laboratories, examination halls, libraries, departmental offices, lecture theatres and its environs, Principal’s Dean’s and lecturer’s offices.
It does not apply in operating theatre premises which have their own special attire, field work conditions, outreach programmes, students’ hostels and hospital fringes.
General description of formal code of dress
The basic formal dress of a medical student as described below is a business attire.
Sober colours are preferred.
Offensive graffiti of any form is prohibited.
The attire must be kept in good condition, regularly laundered.
White utility coats/jackets and nametags
White utility coats or jackets should be worn by all students wherever appropriate as is clarified below. All these should extend below the fly level and must be buttoned.
White coats should be worn on top of the formal dress at all times in the clinical areas including wards, outpatient clinics, hospital corridors, departmental and lecturers’ offices and laboratories.
Red nametags should be pinned over the left breast pocket of the white coat.
White coats must be spotlessly clean and pressed at all times.
Utility white coats/jackets above the fly level
Male code of dress
This will consist of a formal loose fitting trouser extending to the ankles.
Shorts of any sort
All designs of jeans whether denim or corduroy
Three quarter length trousers
Any transparent clothing
A formal shirt whose collar is designed for use with a tie is preferred, the shirt shall be buttoned to the neck at all times and secured with a tie which is fitted to reach between the levels of the navel and the waist.
Collarless shirts should be buttoned right to the top of the neck.
If a safari suit is used, this should be likewise buttoned up.
Shirts with low cut collars or missing buttons revealing the chest or abdomen
Short shirts that expose the abdomen
Female code of d ress
A formal dress, a skirt and a top or a trouser and a top are all acceptable.
The formal dress and skirt should be loose fitting and extend to or below the knell level.
Trousers should be loose fitting, as should tops, shirts or blouses.
Skirts or dresses above knee level
Slits extending above the knee
Any short tops revealing the abdomen
Exposure of underwear
Formal jeans, denim or corduroy
Low cut collars
Alternative codes of dress
Bui-buis, head veils/scarfs (hijabs), socks and gloves are acceptable as formal Muslim attire, and white utility coat should be worn over these as required. The same applies for kanzus.
Although few Indian or Chinese nationals attend this college, their national attires shall be acceptable dressing code. White utility coats must be worn in clinical areas.
Complete facial veils (nikab) in business and clinical areas (including I –patient wards,
outpatient clinics, accident and emergency, hospital corridors, lecture theatres, laboratories and examination halls. They are also prohibited in Departmental, Principal’s Dean’s and lecturer’s office).
Only closed shoes shall be allowed for both sexes. This is for hygienic purposes of both the patient and the student.
Ladies and men’s open shoes
Long female hair styles hair should be knotted at the back of the head.
In case of hair dying, only natural colours should be used, (Natural refers to earth colours such as red, blonde, brown, black and shades of the same).
Short hair should be kept neatly trimmed.
Scalp hair should be neatly trimmed, as should beards and moustaches.
Long and unkempt beards and moustaches.
Long untied female hair
Dreadlocks of any length
Plaited or corn rowed male hair
Head gear worn by religious groups such as Sikhs, Bohra community and some Muslim sects is acceptable.
Conventional hats, Stetsons, sports caps of any sort.
Female earrings are in order. They should however be formal and of moderate size.
Male earrings are strictly prohibited.
Perfumes, make up and aerosols
These should be used in moderation.
These should all be trimmed short and not coloured.
Only prescription spectacles are allowed.