Libraries & Spaces
When was the dress code for students eliminated?
According to student handbooks, "Georgetown gentlemen" were required to wear "coats and ties and be otherwise neatly dressed in the classroom and classroom buildings" until 1968. Prior to 1966, they also had to wear coats and ties in the chapel, library, offices, and the dining hall. The late 1960s saw a discussion of permissible male hair styles, particularly in the School of Medicine. In March 1970, the Executive Faculty of the School, after conducting a survey, decided that moustaches, beards, long hair and sideburns "are not objectionable in themselves, if they match an otherwise good appearance." In the 1940s and 1950s, by which time women were enrolled in all schools except the College, women students were forbidden to wear shorts, slacks, or jeans on campus unless they were worn for "school or class picnics or by special permission for individual or group activities." Miss G, the handbook for women students, had a section on dress standards as late as 1970 when it advised: "It should be remembered that Georgetown is located in a metropolitan area and women's attire should at all times, be in good taste. The personal preference of your professors should be considered in selecting your classroom attire."