Required at all times:
- Grey slacks or skort/skirt of modest length – no shorter than 4 inches above the knee (available from Schoolbelles only). Slacks must be hemmed so that they do not drag on the floor and they may not have split seams.
- One of the following:
- Ironed white oxford cloth shirt with white buttons and buttoned down collar, long sleeved or short sleeved (available from Schoolbelles and elsewhere), OR
- White knit or green polo shirt with MPS logo, long sleeved or short sleeved (available from Schoolbelles only).
- A plain black or brown belt should be worn with any pair of slacks manufactured with belt loops.
- Only a plain white turtleneck or tee shirt may be worn under the oxford cloth or polo shirts. Long sleeved turtlenecks or tees may not be worn under short-sleeved polos or oxfords.
- Socks or tights (required at all times).
- Girls are required to wear solid grey or black footed tights with skirts from October 15 to April 1. During the remaining months white, grey, or black solid color crew or knee socks may be worn.
- Boys are required to wear white, grey, or black solid color crew socks.
- Navy socks may be worn with uniform shorts.
- Shoes: a closed toe shoe in condition of good repair. Boots, sneakers and slippers may NOT be worn as part of the uniform.
Required Dress Uniform:
- Plaid or green MPS tie (available from Schoolbelles or the MPS Spirit Store)
- Ironed white oxford cloth shirt with white buttons and button down collar, long sleeved or short sleeved (available from Schoolbelles and elsewhere)
- Gray slacks or skort of modest length — no shorter than 4 inches above the knee (available only from Schoolbelles). Slacks must be hemmed so that they do not drag on the floor and they may not have split seams.
- Plain brown or black belt to be worn on both dress and regular uniform days with any trousers that have belt loops.
- Girls are required to wear solid (no patterns) gray or black opaque footed tights with skorts from October 15 to April 1 (tights or leggings cropped at the ankle may not be worn). During the remaining months white, gray, or black solid color ankle, knee, or quarter crew socks may be worn.*
- Boys are required to wear white, gray, or black solid color crew or quarter crew socks.*
- Shoes: closed-toe solid color shoes in black, brown, gray, navy, or white must be worn (no boots or open-back shoe)
- Socks or tights must be worn at all times.
* The anklebone must be covered by the sock.
- Plain white tee shirt or turtleneck may be worn under the uniform shirt. Long sleeved tees or turtlenecks may not be worn under short-sleeved polo’s or oxfords.
- Green cardigan with MPS crest (available only from Schoolbelles)
- Green V-neck sweater with MPS crest (available only from Schoolbelles)
- Designated quarter-zip or crew neck sweatshirts with white lettering representing the school, an MPS team, or an MPS activity (available in MPS Spirit Store). The sweatshirt may not have a hood or a pouch and may not be ripped or torn. All designs must be pre-approved by the MPS administration. Quarter zips and sweatshirts may not be worn on dress uniform days.
- Hunter green full-zip fleece (available in MPS Spirit Store) with MPS crest may also be worn on non-dress uniform days.
- Boys may wear navy blue shorts (before October 15 and after April. 1 (available only from Schoolbelles)
- Solid navy blue socks worn only with shorts (available from Schoolbelles and elsewhere)
Students are expected to be neatly dressed and well-groomed at all times. Each student’s personal appearance should be compatible with the school’s educational purpose and environment. Oxford shirts must be pressed and tucked in at all times.
The following is a partial list of items which may not be worn on uniform days unless an exception has been expressly stated: non-uniform sweatshirts, printed or colored tee shirts, hats, non-uniform pants, cropped leggings, scarves, and around the neck keychains.
No student will be allowed to wear his/her coat during the school day. All coats, hats, and boots are to be left in the student’s locker before homeroom each morning and removed from that locker only after the final bell of the day.
**Non-uniform items such as ball caps and non-uniform sweatshirts may be confiscated and returned at the discretion of the teacher.**
Body piercings on a site other than an ear are to be filled with clear studs of the smallest size. Hair colors must stay within the scope of naturally occurring hair colors. Contact lenses must be confined to normal human eye colors and shapes. Tattoos cannot be visible during the school day.
Any uniform violation deemed minor by a teacher and an administrator will result in a verbal warning. Repeated minor violations can result in a tier 1 or tier 2 detention, at the discretion of the Dean of Students. More flagrant uniform violations may result in a tier 2 detention and the student may be required to change his/her clothes.
A temporary uniform excuse may be given by the student’s homeroom teacher upon the written request of a parent or guardian. Interviews and appointments during or after school hours are not excuses for being out of uniform. As a general rule, students are expected to be in a complete uniform at all times, internships included.
On occasion, students will be allowed to wear clothing other than those uniform items outlined above. “Special dress” days will be announced in advance either by the student council or the administration. At such times, appropriate dress guidelines will be issued. On these occasions Mercyhurst Prep students will dress and groom themselves in a manner suitable for the event being sponsored.
Dress up attire: Certain school days are designated as DRESS UP DAYS for specified groups or individuals. The definition of dress up is a non-uniform outfit that is neat, professional, and appropriate to an office/workplace. Includes: slacks (not jeans, sweatpants, warm-ups), skirts (no shorter than 4 inches above the knee, not stretch or body hugging), dresses (can be sleeveless but not bare shouldered), blouses, sport shirts and golf shirts with collars, dress shoes. Does not include: athletic wear, shorts and cut-offs, tank tops, low cut tops, low rise or body hugging pants (includes yoga pants/ leggings), spaghetti strap shirts and dresses, crop tops, halter tops, tee shirts, sweatsuits, hiking boots, sneakers, sport sandals.
Jeans days: Students are reminded that jeans days are school days and that one’s attire, while casual, must still comply with the concept of “appropriate to the setting”. If students choose to wear components of the uniform they must wear the entire uniform in conformity with the guidelines above. Purchase of a ticket allows students to wear only jeans and dress or cargo shorts of uniform length. It does not allow students to wear short shorts, cut offs, halter tops, crop tops, low cut tops, body hugging pants (includes yoga pants/ leggings), athletic shorts, miniskirts or tunics with leggings, pajama pants, sweat pants, warm-up pants, low rise jeans, or clothes that carry slogans or art dealing with sex, drugs, alcohol, or violence. Hats are not to be worn.
Birthdays: Students may enjoy either a jeans day or a dress up day on their birthday or half birthday. See guidelines above. If a birthday falls on a dress uniform or jeans day, the birthday privilege should be taken on the next school day.