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Expectations of Kinesiology Students

Academic Honesty

The Department of Kinesiology upholds the university policy concerning academic honesty. This policy is found in its entirety in the ASU Student Handbook and it is strongly recommended that you review it in detail. The kinesiology faculty will follow the guidelines stated in the ASU Student Handbook for sanctions in the event of academic dishonesty. The sanctions are based on the severity of the violation. Examples include assignment of a lower grade with explanation from the instructor, expulsion from the course with a failing grade and possible expulsion from the university.

Professional Attire

The importance of professional attire cannot be overstated. A person’s attire is a reflection of not only oneself as an individual, but also of the organization and/or the profession that he/she represents.

Individual faculty members have the discretion to establish expectations for dress in their respective classes. However, as a way of emphasizing our desire to establish professional expectations, the following items are prohibited in all Department of Kinesiology classes:

  • Any item that the instructor considers inappropriate, offensive or indecent.
  • Hats, caps and head covers, except those worn for religious purposes.

All kinesiology students are expected to dress in appropriate professional attire when representing the Department of Kinesiology to the public. During field placements, internships, practicums and student teaching, kinesiology students are required to meet the expectations of the department and of the cooperating agency. Instructors may also choose to apply these standards for in-class activities, such as oral presentations and micro-teaching assignments.

Kinesiology professionals have two distinct types of attire:

  1. Business professional attire is that which is worn for presentations, workshops, conventions, interviews and other similar professional events. While there is a great deal of variety and flexibility, this attire is generally more formal and more conservative than everyday dress. There are some definite dos and don’ts. Learn more specific information regarding business professional attire.
  2. Professional physical activity attire is that which is worn by kinesiology professionals while providing leadership and service to their students or clients. These are work clothes but not workout clothes. This attire is functional, comfortable and safe and allows for ease of movement, but is still professional and conservative. Since physical activity takes place indoors, outdoors, in the water, on courts, on grass, etc., the clothing varies with the setting. Professional physical activity attire includes, but is not limited to, warm-ups, shorts, collared shirts, logo t-shirts, socks and appropriate shoes. Pants or shorts should be worn at the natural waistline. Pants or shorts must be hemmed. Shorts must be at least the length of arms extended. Shirts must be tucked into the pants unless the hem is straight and extends beyond the top of the pants.  Shirts must have an approved logo (see instructor for approval) and/or an approved name badge.

Prohibited items include:

  • Hats, caps and head covers. Exceptions may be made for outdoor activity where hats are necessary for sun protection (see instructor for approval).
  • Jeans of any color.
  • For safety reasons, jewelry should be limited to stud earrings within the ears and care should be taken with necklaces, bracelets and watches. Please consider that others may interpret exposed tattoos, body piercings and ear piercings in men as offensive.
  • Any item that is considered inappropriate, offensive or indecent by a Department of Kinesiology faculty member, university supervisor or agency supervisor.
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