Fayetteville Tech eyes dress code, smoking ban

Posted October 19, 2010

— Students on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College might soon have to pull up their pants and snuff out their cigarettes.

The Fayetteville Tech Board of Trustees is considering implementing a dress code and a smoking ban.

The proposed dress code is designed to "improve the learning environment, enhance school safety and promote good behavior," according to a draft that the board is expected to debate at its November meeting.

"Whenever you see pants down around the knees and underwear exposed, to me, that is just absolutely inappropriate," Fayetteville Tech President Larry Keen said.

Keen said he has no problem with the clothes that a vast majority of his students wear, but he noted that some "are going to push the envelope."

The dress code would ban baggy pants, some piercings and suggestive language on clothes. Violators could face suspension or expulsion.

Keen said he wants students to start dressing like they will have to in the workplace.

Saggy pants Fayetteville Tech eyes dress code, smoking ban

“It all has to do with employability,” he said. “When they go out thinking they are dressing in a particular way, and that it does not give them a competitive edge in a very competitive market, then we’re doing them a disservice."

Keen said college officials are gathering input from students on the dress code and plan to word it carefully to head off legal challenges.

Students are divided on the idea of a dress code.

"No matter what kind of job you get, even if you work at McDonald's, they're not going to let you walk around with a little short skirt dress or spaghetti-strap shirt," student Beatrice Medina said.

"As long as it doesn’t distract anyone from their class and stuff, then (how they dress) shouldn’t really change anything," student Britt Bordone said.

Bordone also dismissed the idea of an outright smoking ban on the Fayetteville Tech campus.

The college already prohibits indoor smoking and restricts smoking to designated outdoor areas.

Twenty-five community colleges in North Carolina already have tobacco-free campuses.


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  • Raptor06 Oct 20, 2010

    "Obama wants to ban me from talking on the phone while I drive." Keepin_it_real_in_NC

    Why is President Obama in this conversation? Don't know about you, but I learned during my driver education back in 1969 that no one in NC has a right to drive. And, you're not the only person on the road. Civilized societies have laws to guide the behavior of individuals interacting with others in that society. If you don't want to comply with the laws, express your right of free choice and don't drive. Just in case this point is also raised, there's no mention of the right to drive an automobile in the U.S. Constitution. Too many folks are misquoting that document lately.

  • whatusay Oct 20, 2010

    The entire state needs a "decency" dress code. And dnclary2004....I assume if you go to FTCC you have a right to walk into the financial aid office and talk to someone...why wait on a phone for an hour????? Students of community colleges making comments here sound like a bunch of "cry babies" instead of respectable young adults looking to better themselves through education. If you are there to learn, go clean, neat, and learn. If you are there to smoke and wear pants down around your anckles....stay at home and collect welfare and food stamps.

  • dnclary2004 Oct 19, 2010

    I am a student at FTCC. They need to worry more with how their employees act to the students and talk to them about answering the phones.. i sit on the phone one day for over an hr waitting on financial to answer and they would not pick up.. when i drove up to the school the lady was rude. I even had issues with a instructor in the spring along with most of the class. We went to the administration and nothing was done. Most of the class droped. and few others passed.. But no they want to worry with how the students dress or express themselves..Yet another point in society that wants to push its power into others lives..and on the smoking deal.. how can the staff say something to a student for smoking in a place at school when the same staff members smoke there too.. FTCC wake up.. other schools treat their students a whole load better then you can ever think off.. one reason i am glad this is my last semster there..

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Oct 19, 2010

    How is saying "Once again liberals trying to control everyone's life" a leap? Libs want to tell me I can't drink soda. They don't want me to buy Happy Meals. They don't want me to own guns. I can't buy the light bulbs I want. I have to wear a seat belt. Obama wants to ban me from talking on the phone while I drive. Not a leap...just a fact.

  • mulecitybabe Oct 19, 2010

    Rev, nobody said they should huddle at entrance ways and puff away. My comment specifically stated an area well away from others. The justification in the past has always been that second hand smoke effects others, but if the smokers are well-segregated that shouldn't be an issue.

  • soyousay Oct 19, 2010

    keep..Once again liberals trying to control everyone's life

    what an amzing leap over the cliff to come up with that, but then sometimes you just can't help yourself

  • MudLife Oct 19, 2010

    at CCCC smokers have to go stand out by the road on 421. Some staff employee saw a student smoking in their car and got on to them about it. Said you're still on campus property you need to go to the road.

  • Keepin_it_real_in_NC Oct 19, 2010

    Once again liberals trying to control everyone's life.

  • ugottabkiddinme Oct 19, 2010

    you look like fool with ya pants on the ground...pants on the look like a fool wit ya pants on the ground

  • theladyabsinthe Oct 19, 2010

    I'm a student at Wake Tech and that campus supposedly went smoke free two years ago. When I started there spring semester you could see students standing beside the signs designating the campus as a non-smoking campus smoking while faculty (including security guards) looked on. The ban is a joke.