Once upon a bright Sunday afternoon in February, a girl was supposed to enter the school to go to TheCrusader Publication office for the production of the election tabloid. Going to school on Sundays was never new to her since StC 302 is like her second home. Since the start of the academic year, her Sundays have always been Cru Office days and she liked it like that, especially because she can freely wear shorts inside the school.
Well, that’s what she thought until that day. When she was about to enter the school, the security guard stopped her and said she couldn’t enter because she was wearing shorts. Of course she was very surprised because she had never been blocked by the guards before and had done it almost the entire year, believing that the University Dress Code does not apply during Sundays and holidays. After defending herself and asking the guard to take her ID just to gain entry, the guard still refused to let her in, saying that she’s only doing her job and that she also did the same to the others who also violated the Dress Code.
Defeated and frustrated, she went home, changed into the ugliest pair of pants she has (like she had a choice), and went back to school. On her way to the office, she came across two girls wearing shorts, and another, and then another. Too infuriated to ignore it, she approached one and asked if the girl is an XU student and how she was able to enter the school. “Oo, taga-XU. Gipasulod ra man ko. Okay ra man.”
And they all lived happily ever after. The end. WHATEVER.
Above is just one of the many stories of aggrieved XU students who’ve had a taste of the guards’ inconsistency over the University’s Dress Code Policy. Let’s talk about the University’s policy first. In the XU Student Handbook, it is stated that ‘the Guards-on- Duty shall exclude students from entering the campus for non-compliance of the University Prescribed Uniform Policy’. This is effective during regular school days, wash days and Saturdays. Unfortunately, Sundays and holidays are not stated in the provision. But whether or not this rule is effective on Sundays, here’s the catch. The handbook also says that ‘all students who come to school not wearing the prescribed uniform but wish to gain entry shall be asked to leave their University ID and report to the Director of Student Affairs not later than 24 hours for proper sanction and clearance purposes’.
This only says that the guard may be right for blocking the girl in the story, but she should have let her enter when she surrendered her ID because that’s what the handbook says. Now you might be asking where she got the idea that the Dress Code Policy does not apply during Sundays and holidays. Here’s the confusion. Last June 11, 2011, the Central Student Government President Mario Tero II posted on Facebook the points of agreement during the dialogue between the CSG and the Security Officials held on October 29, 2010. The same document was also posted by the CSG in their official Facebook page. It pointed out specific standard indicators for footwear and pants that are not allowable in the school to further elaborate what was stated vaguely in the handbook. It also said that the ‘dress code will not apply during the following times: Sundays, Xavier Days, and holidays.’ Voila!
So which is which? Is that dialogue between the CSG and the Security Officials good as nothing?
And of course, we cannot forget the issue on the guards’ inconsistency. This is a really popular tale, if I must say. They are just doing their jobs, says my conscience. But if they really are, they have to do it with all due consistency. I believe that’s a very good way to keep the students from trying to break the rules. That is if there are even clear and solid rules to begin with.