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Coded confusion

Posted on: July 8, 2008

“Ano ba talaga Kuya?”

I would be blunt about it; the new dress code system is downright confusing.

When the dress code system was first strictly implemented in January of School Year 2006-2007, the administration’s goal is to discipline the students. When the “No wearing of rubber slippers policy” was implemented in the same school year; the goal is to make Norsunians presentable in the society. As Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Victoria Dinopol put it, “The students are the advertisement of the school…students should wear decent attire because the school is the sanctuary of learning.”

The policy has been on-again/off-again implemented and has been almost forgotten during the last semester. To see it being enforced rigidly this semester is refreshing to us who had been witnessed to the inconsistent implementation of the policy.

The aim of school authorities to discipline the students may have a noble purpose and may be worth applauding but its recent implementation is perplexing. The people implementing the policy can’t seem to make up their mind which type of clothing or shoes is admissible and which is not. What is okay for today is no longer okay for tomorrow.

The first few days of the implementation caused confusion as some students were one-by-one halted at the gate area for various reasons. While slip-ons, as long as it’s heeled were accepted before, students wearing such can no longer get inside the campus now. And of course, while others are being held by the gate area, there are also some who could still manage to get inside the university wearing slippers and shorts—the very things that authorities do not want students to wear inside the campus.

If truth be told, I have reservations that this policy will thrive until the end of the semester because as early as now, you can already see students wearing slip-ons and slippers inside the campus. And while spaghetti-strapped blouses are forbidden inside the campus, girls wearing such blouses are still a common sight. Their numbers may seem insignificant yet, but it is already saying something.

As questions of “how did you get in with that?” are commonly heard inside the campus, the people behind the implementation of the policy should at least reconsider the way the policy is implemented. A clearer guideline than the one posted in the bulletin boards should be made so it would also be clearer to students what to wear and what not to wear.

For almost four years of being in this university, I have seen this scene over and over again. And over and over, I have seen how it failed after a few months. There is one thing that school administrators need to learn in implementing policies such as this, consistency— a single word whose absence has caused a lot of complaint and confusion for so many times now.

We have seen this before and it is starting all-over again, like an old movie on rewind. And like movie fanatics, we continue to watch it every time it’s on, hoping that somehow the ending would be different. Over and over we observe the process, each time expecting it to be different than the previous episodes and each time it shows us that unless the people concerned learn how to grow a backbone, no policy will ever live long enough to make its mark.

“Ningas cogon”, that’s what it always is. Every body is burning with adrenaline in the first few weeks that a policy is implemented then slowly dies as the months pass by. With this kind of attitude, no student who has lived long enough in the university will take policies seriously.

Point is, to avoid confusions, there should be a consistency in the implementation of policies such as the “No ID, No Entry” policy and the dress code system. We have been watching long enough to know that these policies are only observed depending on who is guarding at the gate or what day of the week it is.

As the new chief security officer promises to be rigid in implementing all policies of the school, we can only listen, chuckle and tell ourselves that we have heard these lines before. And while a lot of students are still in confusion as to the implementation of the new policy, we will continue to watch, observe and hope that this time, it’s different.

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