Dress Code

The SAS dress code emphasizes neatness, cleanliness, and modesty, while still allowing a wide range of clothing choices. Different occasions, whether formal occasions, work, school, athletics, or play, have varying expectations.

Please note that this has been updated for 2020-2021.

School Dress

School Dress is worn everywhere on campus Monday - Friday from 8:45 am - 3:10 pm. Because students may not be aware of each day’s activities, school dress should always be appropriate for the possibility of outdoor activities and active learning. 

  • All clothing must be clean, properly hemmed, unfrayed, and must fit appropriately.*
  • No athletic wear: athletic pants, athletic shorts, athletic tights, and sweatpants are not to be worn during the school day. The only exception is sports teams asked to be in uniform by their coach.
COVID-19 NOTE: Because locker rooms may be closed, students may wear their SAS practice gear or other clothing required for their Afternoon Programs to class; rules for neatness, cleanliness, and modesty still apply.
  • Leggings can only be worn with dresses, blouses, or tunics, and the student’s entire trunk must be covered. Students cannot wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, pullovers, or any type of jacket with any style of legging.  
  • No camouflage clothing.
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be no shorter than the tip of the middle finger*
  • Tops must cover the abdomen, back, and chest at all times.*
  • Shoulder straps must be at least two fingers wide.*
  • Appropriate undergarments must be worn but not visible.*
  • Brands, logos, images, and words must be smaller than the hand, with the exception of shirts, sweatshirts, and outerwear with St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School design/approved graphics or college logos. College t-shirts/sweatshirts with more than just the logo can not be worn.
  • Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug or sexually explicit/suggestive designs or logos are never acceptable.
  • See-through clothing, visible piercings (other than ears), “gauges,” tattoos, distracting hairstyles, unnatural hair colors, and other head coverings (except those for religious reasons) are not permitted. Hats may be worn outdoors only.*
  • Pajamas are not to be worn during the school day or at all in the Dining Hall.*
  • Faces must be clean shaven.   

Grub Days/Casual Dress may be worn when School Dress or Formal Dress is not required. Restrictions marked with an asterisk (*) above are still enforced on Grub Days/Casual Dress Days.

Formal Dress

Formal Dress is worn on formal social occasions, special academic occasions, and other occasions as prescribed by the Head of School. 

Formal Dress will be required on these occasions:

  • Signing of the Honor Code                 
  • All Saints Day                                  
  • Ash Wednesday Service                     
  • Good Friday                                    

Students may choose one of the following formal dress traditions:

Choice 1: Dress or skirt/dress pants with blouse and dress shoes.

Choice 2: Coat and tie, dress shirt, dress pants, belt, socks, and dress shoes

COVID NOTE: There are no formal dress days currently scheduled for 2020-2021.

Dress Code Enforcement

Boarding students who are not in dress code will be required to change immediately. Day students who are not in dress code will be asked to call their parents/guardians to request that they bring them appropriate clothing. Offences will be handled in the following manner:

1st offense: A warning by email to the student, advisor, and parent/guardian

2nd offense: A letter to the student’s parent/guardian and advisor warning that a significant change of dress may be in order for the child

3rd offense:  Student will wear required dress for four weeks. Required dress includes: khaki/black/navy pants, shorts, or skirts (of an appropriate length) with belt, SAS polo shirt, SAS sweatshirt if needed (these are available in the school store), and closed toe/heel shoes. Students who do not comply will be asked to appear before the Honor Council.

Any offense after 3rd: Student will wear required dress for four weeks.  

Because rules cannot be written to describe all clothing styles and options, the school will determine if any questionable article of clothing should not be worn. Students not living within the spirit of the dress code will be given a very specific set of guidelines to be determined at that time. Questions about dress may be referred to the Dean of Students.


Main Number 931.598.5651*
Weekend/Union 931.598.5653*
Administrator-on-Call 931.636.4720

*Links to dial-by-name option and emergency contact

For general new and returning student concerns, student activities, and travel, contact:
Geoffrey Smith
Dean of Students 

Shawna Midgett
Asst. to the Academic Dean

Kelley Black
Associate Head of School/Academic Dean

Rachel Malde
Middle School Coordinator 

Derek Perkins
Director of Admission & Financial Aid

Rob Zeitler
Director of Athletics

Dan Monahan
COVID Coordinator

Melissa Gilliam
Director of the Health Clinic

Molly Short

Sherri Bergman
Director of Communications & Marketing