Student clinicians represent the Speech and Hearing Center as well as The University of Alabama. Professional behavior and appearance are expected at all times and are necessary to promote confidence on the part of the client.
The Dress Code applies to students participating in in-house clinical practicum at the Speech and Hearing Center. Student clinicians placed at off-campus practicum sites are responsible for meeting the dress code requirement of that site.
What you wear should allow you to do the following:
- Sit on the floor or a low chair, bend over, or sit on your haunches without difficulty.
- Bend over without showing cleavage.
- Bend over, sit on the floor, or sit on your haunches without showing skin below your shirt or skin or underwear above your pants.
- Project a mature, professional image at all times.
Do not wear:
- Tight clothes that restrict movement or are revealing
- Skirts or dresses shorter than 1″ above the knee
- Off-the-shoulder, backless, low cut (including v-neck), or spaghetti strap tops
- Short tops that reveal skin in the midriff or back area
- Low pants or skirts that reveal skin in the midriff or back area
- Casual clothing, such as blue jeans, shorts, leggings, logo t-shirts, or flip flops
Clinicians are expected to follow simple rules for professional dress. The attire should be appropriate for the planned activity. Casual business attire is appropriate. Do not overdress for the planned activity.
Piercings: Piercing of the oral mechanism and visible piercings that detract from professional appearance are not allowed. Students must remove piercing hardware in clinic.
Incidents of unprofessional dress will be documented and reflected in the mid-term and end-of-term evaluations. More than one warning will be reported to the Department Chair for disciplinary measures. If a student is in violation of the dress code, the clinical supervisor can send the student home or withhold clock hour credit for that session.
Students must be professional during all clinical interactions. Student clinicians should never:
- Chew gum
- Take a cell phone, food, or drink into a clinic session
To be perceived as professional and mature the student should
- Shake hands when introduced
- Be organized and focused
- Be knowledgeable and prepared
- Never be judgmental
- Be positive, empathetic, and understanding
- If you do not know the answer to a question, defer to your clinical supervisor