Dress for success at N.C. Central University
NCCU wants greater attire awareness
Public universities in North Carolina don't have formal dress codes, but some private institutions do. Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, for example, prohibits hats, do rags, bustiers, halters, pajamas, bedroom slippers and "Daisy Duke" shorts.
At NCCU, the issue can be dicey. There are no hard data to prove clothing can distract, just anecdotal evidence from professors. Administrators can't order students to buy new clothes, and they are wary of stifling free expression.
And what's OK to wear?
Bernice Johnson, dean of the University College, uses common sense.
"If there's a student with a dress so short people are whispering about it, that's a distraction," she said.