Catholic School Requires Students To Receive Pre-Approval On Prom Dresses

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Students at Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, are upset about the one major dress code rule they have to abide by for prom: Dresses must be pre-approved beforehand.

The policy states that “dresses cannot be too short, too low-cut, expose too much skin around the midriff or be ‘inappropriately revealing.’” Students and their guests must also dress in “gender-specific formal wear.” 

Dress code guidelines for formal and semi-formal events were provided to students on Sept. 8, 2014. But earlier this month, the school amended its guidelines to require female students to submit photos of their dresses before prom, which is on May 1.

A petition on protests the new requirement. “We have not been given a set of guidelines in a reasonable amount of time,” the petition reads in part. “Our children will not undergo scrutiny of prom gowns based on outdated, unrealistic expectations and rules implemented at such short notice.”

"I think it's a little ridiculous,” Margaret Esser, whose daughter will be attending Delone's prom, told the York Daily Record. "If you already have a dress, what are you going to do then?”

Delone issued a statement saying the school “has the responsibility to ensure that Catholic values and moral integrity permeate every facet of the school's life and activity … The only change this year is the requirement of young women to submit photos for review by prom moderators.

“The early release of the guidelines, and the addition to them, was a proactive approach to prevent student's embarrassment and disappointment of being denied entrance to prom due to dress code infractions.”

Source: Huffington Post,, York Daily Record / Image via The People's Tribune/Flickr

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