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Appearance and Grooming

Responsible Department
Cadet Admissions
Effective Date
09/17/2015
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    Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to establish appearance policies related to hair, fingernail, grooming, tattoo, branding, body mutilation, and jewelry for select Cadet Admissions staff. This policy applies to staff whose functions include off-campus recruiting, meeting and greeting prospective Cadets as they arrive on campus, making presentations about the Corps of Cadets and/or interacting with individuals on behalf of the UNG Corps of Cadets in person.

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    Definitions

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    Statement

    1. The Army is a uniformed service where discipline is judged, in part, by the manner in which a soldier wears a prescribed uniform, as well as by the individual's personal appearance. Therefore a neat and well-groomed appearance by all soldiers is fundamental to the Army and contributes to building pride and esprit essential to an effective military force. A vital ingredient of the Army's strength and military effectiveness is the pride and self-discipline that American soldiers bring to their Service through a conservative military image. AR-670-1 contains the grooming standards for members of the Army.

    2. The Cadet Admissions staff is responsible for recruiting prospective Cadets and every detail counts. The staff is the first contact that the vast majority prospective Cadets have when considering the opportunities that the UNG Corps of Cadets, Army ROTC, and Army officer careers afford. When employees in Cadet Admissions take pride in their appearance they become a role model for those around them and convey the attitude of excellence that is synonymous with the UNG Corps of Cadets and United States Army.

    3. Therefore, all Cadet Admissions staff whose functions include off-campus recruiting, meeting and greeting prospective Cadets as they arrive on campus, making presentations about the Corps of Cadets, and/or interacting with individuals on behalf of the UNG Corps of Cadets in person must adhere to Army standards of grooming as prescribed in Army Regulation 670-1, Chapter 3.

    4. Staff members who do not adhere to these standards diminish the credibility of the Cadet Admissions and put in jeopardy our ability to meet our recruiting goals. Maintaining military-style grooming as required by AR 670-1 will enhance the recruiting experience for prospective Cadets and their families for the UNG Corps of Cadets.
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    Support Info

    1. The University of North Georgia ("UNG") is one of six Senior Military Colleges ("SMS") designated by 10 USC 103(2111) and only supports an Army ROTC program. As an SMC, UNG is required by AR 145-1 Section 2-1(b) to:

      1. Organize Cadets into a Corps of Cadets under military discipline;

      2. Require all members of the corps to be in uniform when on campus;

      3. Have as objectives the development of the student's character through military training   and the regulation of conduct according to principles of military discipline;

      4.  Meet military standards similar to those maintained at the service academies.


    2. Army Regulation 670-1, Chapter 3, Sections 3-1 through 3-4 contain the Army grooming standards. Cadets at the Army service academy must conform with this regulation. Cadets at UNG must conform with this regulation.

    3. Legal justification:

      There are several 11th Circuit cases addressing grooming requirements. Here are some relevant quotes:

      1. Willingham v. Macon Tel. Pub. Co., 507 F.2d 1084, 1088 (5th Cir. 1975) We conclude that the undisputed discrimination practiced by Macon Telegraph [refusing to hire men with long hair] is based not upon sex, but rather upon grooming standards, and thus outside the proscription of [Title VII]. This determination pretermits any discussion of whether, if sexual discrimination were involved, it would be within the BFOQ exception.

      2. Campbell v. Alabama Dep't of Corr., 2013 WL 2248086, at *2 (N.D. Ala. May 20, 2013) “Grooming policies are typically outside the scope of federal employment discrimination statutes because they do not discriminate on the basis of immutable characteristics.” Pitts v. Wild Adventures, Inc., 2008 WL 1899306 * 5 (M.D.Ga.2008) (citing Willingham v. Macon Tel. Pub. Co., 507 F.2d 1084 (5th Cir.1975)). A dreadlock hairstyle, like hair length, is not an immutable characteristic. Therefore, policies allowing such hairstyles for one gender but not another are not actionable under federal anti-discrimination laws. Harper v. Blockbuster Entertainment Corp., 139 F.3d 1385, 1387 (11th Cir.1998).

      3. Pitts v. Wild Adventures, Inc., 2008 WL 1899306, at *5 (M.D. Ga. Apr. 25, 2008) "Plaintiff's claim that she was discriminated against on the basis of race when she was required to comply with Defendant's grooming policy is without merit. Grooming policies are typically outside the scope of federal employment discrimination statutes because they do not discriminate on the basis of immutable characteristics." In Willingham v. Macon Tel. Pub. Co., 507 F.2d 1084 (5th Cir.1975).

      4. Harper v. Blockbuster Entm't Corp., 139 F.3d 1385, 1388 (11th Cir. 1998) Every circuit to have considered the issue has reached the same conclusion reached by this Court in the Willingham decision. See Longo v. Carlisle DeCoppet & Co., 537 F.2d 685, 685 (2d Cir.1976); Earwood v. Continental Southeastern Lines, Inc., 539 F.2d 1349, 1351 (4th Cir.1976); Barker v. Taft Broadcasting Co., 549 F.2d 400, 401 (6th Cir.1977); Knott v. Missouri Pac. R.R. Co., 527 F.2d 1249, 1252 (8th Cir.1975); Baker v. California Land Title Co., 507 F.2d 895, 898 (9th Cir.1974); Dodge v. Giant Food, Inc., 488 F.2d 1333, 1336 (D.C.Cir.1973).
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    Procedures

    Any operating procedures developed must comply with and reference this policy.

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