Whoa...that would be "violating their rights!"
There's no way you would be able to institute a dress code! What would happen to all those football, baseball, and basketball jerseys the Hip Hop students spent their precious dollars on? Or the shorts that are hanging off their a$$ (saggin'). C'mon that's asking too much of them. I mean heaven forbid they would wear a standardized work shirt (like most reputable companies have their employees wear out in the field) to class. You wouldn't want to stiffle their sense of self expression. And arriving on time is just out of the question! it's fashionable to be late, didn't you know?
IMTD...now that's a great idea!
Wow, send them home if they aren't in required apparel.
Now when did you tell the students that this was the policy? I would imagine that they were informed on the very first day of class or during the orientation process.
How many students thought you were not serious about sending them home? How many did you have to send home before they got the hint? Did they ever get the hint?
I believe that students (people) want to see if you're consistent. Which IMHO is a sign of strength. At my school they came up with several policies that for 30 minutes stood fast...then it was business as usual: swearing profusely, no safety glasses in lab, shorts and tank tops, tardiness, in and out of class,etc. Those who want to comply and desire order (students) are without leadership from the administration or teachers.
And what's up with all the jailbirds who attempt to get into this field? Ok, ok doing time doesn't automatically make you a loser, but our ex-cons are tattoed, hang out in the parking lot smoking cigs and weed, dress like thugs and disrupt class with sex jokes and cell phone usage!
I say this: Caca rolls down hill