Optometry Student Handbook 2023-2024

College of Optometry (CO) 2023–2024 120 Intersession Policies Students may not book any binding travel arrangements for end of term or intersession travel that conflict in any way with final exam schedules. Students should also realize that they may be required to adjust any travel plans to satisfy academic requirements. Students must also be aware that academic schedules are subject to change without prior notice. College of Optometry Dress Code Students in the HPD must maintain a neat and clean appearance befitting those attending professional school. Therefore, attire should convey a professional appearance whenever the student is on campus for classes, laboratories, clinic, or on an external clinical rotation or program event. Monitoring the standards of dress is the responsibility of students, faculty members, and administrators. The following constitutes acceptable attire: • Standard O.D. program dress code: Only surgical green scrubs or professional attire with closed toe shoes are appropriate in meeting the CO dress code. Additionally, outerwear is acceptable. • Professional attire: Shirt and tie or blouse with slacks, pants or skirt, or a dress with appropriate shoes. • Exam dress code: Can be found in our Examination Policy (SharkLink, Optometry tab). Additionally, the following are also parts of the dress code and are to be worn at all times: 1. Identification badges/SharkCard: Issued at the One-Stop Shop in the HPD’s Terry Building and in the Horvitz Administration Building. Badges must be worn and visible at all times when the student is on campus or at a clinical rotation. Please note that I.D. badges are necessary for proper use of on-campus auditoriums, library, and recreational facilities and laboratories. These badges are given to students at no charge, except for replacements. 2. W hite Coats: Students must wear their white clinic coats with their names, optometry shoulder patch, and appropriate designation embroidered over or on the left breast pocket. The white coat is to be worn daily over the standard O.D. program attire. Although South Florida is more casual than some parts of the country, clinical dress code standards are designed to instill confidence in patients. White jackets may be removed at the discretion of the attending optometrist, based on the climate of the clinic and/or the demographics of the patient base (e.g., pediatric patient population). Examples of inappropriate grooming, dress, or student conduct include • plunging necklines, low-cut backs, large openings on sleeveless tops, or see-through material • tight shirts, dresses, or miniskirts with slits above the knee; capri or stretch pants • visible navels, piercings placed anywhere other than ears, unnatural nail grooming • sandals or any footwear resembling beachwear • body odor, excessive perfume or aftershave, or halitosis