FEI Handbook and Leadership for a Democratic Society Information

LDS Program Policies

Business Casual Attire

Business casual attire is recommended throughout the program and while interacting with colleagues. Since dress codes and terminology vary widely among agencies, companies and countries, here are a few examples of what is considered business casual attire:

    • Open-necked, collared shirts, or blouses and sweaters
    • Khakis, pressed pants, skirts, or casual dresses
    • Leather shoes, boots, flats or casual walking shoes

Note: Jeans and casual shirts/tops are appropriate at times during the program. Athletic attire and lounge wear, etc. are not appropriate.  


The Leadership for a Democratic Society program commencement, which require business dress (e.g., Men: Business Suit or Sport Coat and tie – Women: Dress or Business suit)

Fitness activities, which require appropriate athletic attire.


The Leadership for a Democratic Society program is an intense and highly integrated experience in which you will not only be learning for yourself but helping others in your classes and core Leadership Development Team. Thus, your attendance at all program sessions, including the first working weekend, through graduation on the last day, is required. If you anticipate the need to miss any of the program, contact your agency training office and our Registrar immediately to either reschedule or find a substitute. We also urge you to delegate your regular work to others during your absence so you can devote full attention to and derive the most benefit from the program.

Early Withdrawal and Completion Policy

If a participant has to withdraw from the Leadership for a Democratic Society program, we will work with you to complete the program prior to the end of the fiscal year or within 9 months of the start of the enrolled program.


Assistance is available for Leadership for a Democratic Society executives with disabilities, which may include mobility, vision, hearing, and other physical impairments or health conditions, as well as learning disabilities.  Accommodations also can be made for short-term disabilities related to accidents or medical conditions and treatments.

If you have any special needs, please let us know when updating your Center for Leadership Development (CLD) Central user profile and contact the Program Coordinator and/or Lead Faculty prior to your arrival.


Visitors are not permitted when the program is in session, including the first weekend of the program which is a working weekend. 

Visitors are welcome to stay in your guest room during non-working weekends, typically the weekends after week 2 and 3 of the program. (please refer to the program overview/schedule). 

We also welcome visitors to attend the commencement ceremony on the last day of the program.

Notify the Program Office at least two days prior to the arrival of visitors. You must provide the name, and expected date/time of arrival. Visitors must provide a government-issued photo ID to obtain entry and to exit FEI. Visitors will be issued a temporary visitor’s badge and a parking pass. 

Minor children (under 18) are not required to wear a badge, but they must be under parent/guardian supervision at all times. Participants are responsible for meeting their guests in the lobby and escorting them for the duration of their visit on campus. At the end of the visit, participants must escort their visitors to the security desk to sign out, return their visitor badge and vehicle pass.

There is no charge for guests staying in participant guest rooms.  Meals for guests are available but participants must pay dining services directly.