ASSESSMENT OF DRESS CODE AVAILABILITY AND UTILIZATION BY FEMALE UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN UNIVERSITIES IN ENUGU STATE.
Keywords:Clothing, Dress Code, Availability, Utilization, Female Undergraduates
The study assessed dress code availability and utilization by female undergraduate students of universities
in Enugu State. Specifically, the study determined; the existing dress code for the female undergraduate
students in universities in Enugu state; components of dress codes acceptable for female undergraduate
students by both the students and staff in universities in Enugu State; consequences of non adherence to
dress code by the female undergraduates’ in Universities in Enugu State; hindrances to dress code
implementation/enforcement in the universities; ways dress codes could be implemented or enforced on
Female Undergraduates by Universities in Enugu States. The study population consisted all female
undergraduates and all staff in Registry Departments in the Universities. The study sample was 153 female
undergraduates and 104 staff from the selected universities giving a total of 257 respondents. Structured
questionnaire was used for data collection. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis. Findings
included; 16 components of dress code; nine consequences of non adherence to dress code by the female
undergraduates; 10 hindrances to implementing or enforcing dress code, and 12 ways to enforce dress code
by university administration. The study recommends that University Administrations should among others,
develop and implement dress codes for appropriate students’ clothing norms on campuses.