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Appearance and Grooming

The Library at UC Berkeley provides service to faculty, staff, students and the general public. We are committed to offering a professional level of response to all who inquire. It is expected that employees will take pride in a neat appearance and maintain their dress in a manner appropriate to their work.

The Library bases concern for appearance on two assumptions:

  1. The way we look is an important form of non-verbal communication.
  2. When on duty, we represent the Library and the University to all those with whom we interact.

Definitions of appropriateness in dress and grooming may vary from person to person, job to job, and unit to unit. In some cases, there may be work place safety considerations. Supervisors will confer with you when you or they are in doubt about the acceptability of your appearance or details of dress. Supervisors are responsible for giving helpful feedback concerning how your self presentation may affect work performance.

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