BPA State Leadership Conference Dress Code


Dress code violations are a serious offense and create an unfair environment for students who have followed the dress code.  Conference participants not following the official dress code may be disqualified from competitive events, not allowed on stage, or banned from the conference until accepted attire is secured.  It is the responsibility of the chapter advisor to see that students comply with the rules established for proper dress.  For State Leadership Conference, the Oklahoma State Executive Council adopted the dress code for National Leadership Conference.  The only exception is that a student may wear a blazer, sport coat, or business jacket instead of the official BPA blazer. 

Please have conversations with your students about appropriate professional dress and screen your students before the sessions begin.  The best way to prevent dress code issues is to know the dress code policy, have conversations about the dress code, and possibly have a dress code check prior to the conference.

Professional appearance is an important aspect of the overall preparation of BPA members for the business world. To that end, BPA supports a dress code for its career-based functions that exemplifies the highest standards of professionalism while being non-discriminatory between males and females.

Oklahoma BPA’s State Executive Council has developed the following official dress standards for the State Leadership Conference. Students, advisors and chaperones must follow the dress code.

Virtual Backgrounds

If you are recording from home, it is recommended to be in a gathering area such as a living room, dining room, or den. A virtual/digital background is encouraged, but not required. If the video is conducted in a bedroom or bathroom without a virtual/digital background you will be asked to relocate before conducting any of the screening activities. This is to maintain a standard level of professionalism for our applicants, advisors, and volunteer interviewers.

  • It is important to consider your background. Make sure items are neat and presentable.
  • Oklahoma BPA has provided a variety of virtual/digital backgrounds that you may use for free and they can be found at https://bpaok.org/virtual-bpa/

Dress Code Handout (Click to Download)

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