Date of Award

January 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Heather K. Terrell


Recent media coverage of middle and high school dress code controversies has called into question the fairness of such regulations on students’ clothing. The current study investigated gender differences in reactions to dress code violations and how reactions varied based on the race of the student who violated the dress code. The current study also explored how individual differences in hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, and social dominance orientation influenced judgments about dress code violations. Judgments about dress code violations were not found to vary based on the gender of the participant or race of the target. Social dominance orientation, however, emerged as a significant predictor of severity of the rating of the dress code violation.