Fairbanks Personal Appearance Policy

Management Policy

Fairbanks has established personal appearance and dress standards through which staff will project an image of professionalism to co-workers, patients and visitors.  These standards, requirements and, in some instances, prohibitions, are organization-wide in scope.  In addition, there may be departmental policies relative to personal appearance and dress code specific to the individual area.  Staff will be notified by their supervisor if additional departmental standards exist.  There may be times when, because of work to be performed, more casual attire than normal is appropriate.  Also, scheduled casual days will allow for some relaxation of the usual dress code.  You will be notified in the Newsletter of those occasions.

General Guidelines & Procedures

Dress, grooming, and personal cleanliness standards contribute to the morale of all employees and affect the image Fairbanks presents to all customers and visitors that come into contact with Fairbanks employees. All Fairbanks staff are expected to present an appropriate professional appearance and image consistent with all employees in a health care and human services setting.  This image requires high standards of personal hygiene, grooming and proper dress.


Business/Business Casual attire is required.  Daily circumstances such as meetings with persons outside Fairbanks should help determine which is appropriate.  A listing of acceptable attire for business and business casual dress follows.  The listing is not all-inclusive.  If you are in doubt as to the appropriateness of an item, please discuss with your supervisor prior to wearing the item.


All staff will wear identification badges containing the Fairbanks name.  Name tags should be worn above the waist so that they can be readily seen and read.


Managers have the responsibility and authority to enforce the dress codes for staff in all areas of Fairbanks.  An employee who appears for work inappropriately dressed will be given an initial warning and may be sent home from work and directed to return to work in proper attire.  Under such circumstances, the employee will not be compensated for the time away from work.  Employees who defy the code may be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in Fairbanks’ Personal Policies.




Business suits Shirts with tie
Blouses/Skirts Business Dresses
Vests Sweaters/Cardigans
Blazers/Sport Coats Dress Pants/Slacks


BUSINESS CASUAL In addition to Business listed above:

Polo/Golf shirts Casual Slacks/Khakis
Casual Skirts Casual Dresses
Skirts or Split Skirts Denim Shirts/Skirts/Jumpers
Women’s fashion T-shirts Backless Shoes



Clothing that advertises drugs, alcohol, or commonly understood “vulgar” or obscene words Clothing that is torn or frayed
Leggings alone (without a skirt or dress) “Sagging” pants or shorts
Pants that are higher than mid-calf. Business casual Capri pants are acceptable. Skirts, dresses or slits in skirts and dresses that are more than 2 inches above the knee.
“Flip flops” aka beach or pool shoes. Clothing that is sexually provocative (e.g. tight, see through, low cut)
Hats or caps unless necessary to carry out job duties. Sweatshirts*, Sweat Pants, T-Shirts**, Shorts, or Jogging Suits
Crop Tops Midriff Tops, Tube Tops, Tank Tops, Tops with “Spaghetti” Straps Undershirts
Clothing that exposes the midriff, cleavage or underwear Blue Jeans***
Open-toe Shoes/Sandals Cargo pants

*Sweatshirts with a holiday theme may be worn on designated days.

**On designated casual days, a Fairbanks T-shirt or a T-shirt with an addiction recovery theme may be worn with appropriate jeans.  Other “theme” T-shirts may be worn only on designated days.

***Blue jeans may be worn on designated casual days

In addition, visible body piercings will be limited to the ears and/or one small piercing on the nose.  Piercings on eyebrows, tongue, and lips are not permitted on an employee during working hours.


Tattoos are permitted however, tattoos or brands visible on the body that promote racism/discrimination, indecency, extremist or supremacist philosophies, lawlessness, violence, illicit drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or sexually explicit material are prohibited.

  1. Racist or discriminatory tattoos or brands are those that advocate the degradation of a person based on race, ethnicity, national origin, or gender.
  2. Indecent or sexually explicit tattoos or brands are those that contain a visual image, the dominant theme of which depicts or promotes graphic nudity, including sexual activities or organs, in a lustful way. Tattoos featuring fully exposed nudity are prohibited.

Extremist tattoos or brands are those that depict or promote extremist activities or organizations that advocate hatred, intolerance, or lawlessness (e.g., terrorist groups, neo-Nazis, skinheads, outlaw gangs, extreme political organizations with violent histories). Because some extremist/criminal groups and organizations exploit popular symbols (e.g., cartoon characters), care must be taken in evaluating such tattoos or brands so as not to implicate members who may have selected the tattoo or brand based on its artistic value rather than a hidden meaning. In these cases, a determination will be made based on the totality of thematic elements expressed by tattoos or brands elsewhere on the body.