University Beard Policies

Many millennials are growing beards and they are have become popular on campuses across the country. Sometime, though, students find themselves at an institute without being aware of the rules and regulations regarding facial hair.

While the majority of the universities seem to have a very relaxed policy regarding beards and facial hair, specialized training institutes might have some exceptions. In addition, some universities lay out in detail their “beard policies” in student handbooks.

Some schools continue to have a “no-beard” policy but they usually have some exceptions. For example, about two years ago, BYU modified its policy to allow students to grow a beard based on a legitimate need such as for religious or medical purposes.

Other universities have regulations on who can grow facial hair and how long it should be. For example, Bob Jones University only permits “neatly trimmed” facial hair at “approximately ½ inch or less” and it needs to be fully grown in prior to the start of the semester. However, this privilege is not for everybody. Only for upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) and graduate students are allowed to grow beard.

Pima Medical Institute also allows students to grow “neat and trim” facial hair but with no mention of length.

This is welcome news because some minorities are especially prone to pseudofolliculitis barbae also known as PFB or barber’s itch – basically curly hair turns back towards the skin causing inflammation and itching. The best prevention in this case is to just grow a beard, so the hair does no grow back into the skin.

Other university departments base their guidelines on the specific field of study which might require the student to wear for example a respirator. So if you get into nursing or something similar look out for the policy that states your facial hair needs to be able to accommodate a respirator.

Nowadays beard care products are as ubiquitous as shampoos and deodorants and they make caring for a beard super easy. With millennials continuing to take groom and take care of their beards, in the future, beards are going to become more and more mainstream as millennials move into positions of authority. At that time, we will most likely see any remaining beard policies become even more relaxed or removed altogether.

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