Yonkers, NY asked in Civil Rights and Education Law for New York

Q: Can I sue my school if they dress code me for something that's not listed in the code of conduct of the school district?

I'm in a school in yonkers public schools district. I am wearing shorts about 3-4 fingers above my knee. A friend told me that the code of the school was 4 fingers above the knee so even if that was true, I shouldn't have been dress coded since my shorts are long enough. But no where on the website do I see that subjective rule, and in the yonkers public schools dress code document, the only thing they mention about short is that it needs to be from the waist. It mentions nothing about how long or short the shorts need to be. 4 other girls were dress coded for the same reason with shorts that were almost knee length at the same time I was at the entrance of the school. My question is, do specific schools have the right to modify their own dress code contrary to the district's? And if they do, what happens if they dress code me for the wrong reason?

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Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
  • Cedarhurst, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Sounds like the school is being overly concerned about this particular dress code. Three or four fingers above the knee - a far cry from miniskirts - should not present a problem.


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