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Perception Of Fountain University Students On The Dress Code Of The University


This study was on the perception of fountain university students on the dressing code of the university. The total population for the study is 200 students of fountain university in Osogbo, Osun state. The researcher used questionnaires as the instrument for the data collection. Descriptive Survey research design was adopted for this study. A total of 133 respondents made final students, year four students, year three students and year two students were used for the study. The data collected were presented in tables and analyzed using simple percentages and frequencies

 Chapter one


1.1Background of the study

Education is very important investments in any nation making to assure her future in terms of economic, socio-cultural and political development. Its importance in translating the future of great nations cannot be overemphasized. That is why every government in our contemporary world makes it a fundamental obligation to provide education for its citizens. The Longman Dictionary defines Education as “the result of the teaching or the training of mind and character” Education apart from inculcating knowledge is also aimed at formulation of character. Education is the formulation of the human person in view of the person’s final end and the dignity of the society. Education at all levels seeks to draw out the good potential in people, to replace error with truth, ignorance and incompetence with knowledge and competence. Furthermore, education leads to wisdom and discipline which constitute the foundation of human happiness

In recent time, clothing a second skin to man appears to have lost its value amongst undergraduates in universities especially female. Newman (2000) and Muluhan and Foire (1990), stated that unlike other animals, man supplements the body covering provided by nature with clothing a second skin. Since clothing is a second skin to man, then it becomes worrisome that today undergraduates in the Nigerian universities rather go half clothed.

Indecent appearance has come to characterize the dress pattern of many students on the campuses of higher institutions of learning in Nigeria. There is hardly any higher institution of learning in country that is not faced with this nauseating problem.

Egwinc (2010) referred to indecent dressing in a more specific term is the attitude of some one male or female that dresses to show off parts of the body such as the breasts, buttocks or even the underwear particularly those of the ladies that need to be covered

According to Gushee. D.P (2004) indecent appearance is improper and inacceptable dressing which is so provocative and offensive because it reveals the high rate of moral decadence in the society of our time.

Okoro.W (2006) Opines that indecent dressing is a social malady that cuts across many countries of the world. Indecent dressing is caused by various factors such as poor parenting peer group wrong use of internet, fading values as well as demonic influence.

World encyclopedia Beitannica (2005) indicates that some of the most basic function of dressing are to provide warmth and protection to beautifying or enhance sexual appeal and to supply information about the wearer (like age, sex, social status occupation) e.t.c but students on campuses as turn dressing to another thing.

Fountain University is one of the best universities in Nigeria when it has to do with dressing code. The management of the University give strict warning to students against indecent dressing. Stated that all students must be properly dressed in line with the University dress code. When caught for the offence he/she shall face one semester suspension and the parent shall be invited. Based on the background the researcher wants to investigate the perception of fountain University students on the dress code of the university

Statement of the problem

The rate of indecent dressing among the Nigerian institution of learning is causing a lot of concern to education stakeholders. There has been increase in dropout rate, carry over rate and outright failure rate among the students and some attempt by the Government and public to control it has yielded no fruits. This research work intends to look into perception of fountain University students on the dress code.

Objective of the study

The objectives of the study are;

  1. To ascertain fountain University dress code
  2. To ascertain whether decent dressing accepted in Fountain University
  3. To ascertain perception of fountain University students towards dress code

Research hypotheses

For the successful completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher;

H0decent dressing is not accepted in Fountain University

H1: decent dressing is accepted in Fountain University

H02:   there is no perception of fountain University students towards dress code

H2:   there is perception of fountain University students towards dress code


Significance of the study

The study will be very significant to students, school management, policy makers and the ministry of education. The study will give a clear insight on the perception of fountain University students on the dress code of the university. The study give insight on the proper of decent dressing in campus and what it portray among undergraduates. The study will also serve as a reference to other researcher that will embark on the related topic

Scope and limitation of the study

The scope of the study covers perception of fountain university students on the dress code of the University. The study will be limited to students of fountain university in osogbo, Osun state. The researcher encounters some constrain which limited the scope of the study;

  1. a) AVAILABILITY OF RESEARCH MATERIAL: The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study
  2. b) TIME: The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.


Perception: Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information in order to represent and understand the presented information or environment. All perception involves signals that go through the nervous system, which in turn result from physical or chemical stimulation of the sensory system

Dress code: A dress code is a set of rules, often written, with regards to clothing. Dress codes are created out of social perceptions and norms, and vary based on purpose, circumstances, and occasions. Different societies and cultures are likely to have different dress codes, Western dress codes being a prominent example

Indecent dressing: According to a submission by Oyeleye etal (2012), indecent dressing. simply means the deliberate exposure of one’s body to the public. This practice is contrary to the acceptable. norms and values of the society. Moral decadence on the other is a reduction in the level of morality in the

Decent dressing: Decent dressing means one is dressed according to the function, culture or beliefs (non- revealing dress). Proper does not necessarily mean decent. It means being dressed according to the surroundings or occasion


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