University tells female students to wear ‘low-cut’ tops to graduation — wait, what?
Graduation season has arrived and as students prepare to receive their diplomas after years of hard work, one university is apologizing for its absurd dress code guidelines.
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium is apologizing to students after an email suggesting that women wear low-cut tops to their graduation was sent out ahead of the June 26 ceremony.
Yeah you read that, correctly: low-cut tops.
The private research university received a great deal of backlash after a screengrab of the email sent to students was posted on the ULB Confessions Facebook page last week, with the caption, “Little Scandal.”
According to a Mashable translation, the email reads: “My colleagues and I will wait for you at 1:00 p.m. behind Janson to help you … There’s a lot of you, so be on time.”
The message then goes on to advise, “From an aesthetic point of view, it’s preferable that the young women wear dresses or skirts with a low neckline, and that men wear suits,” but clarifies that for women, this isn’t obligatory.
The following day, the school’s official Facebook account commented on the post, explaining that the Dean of Medicine took note of the message and acknowledged it contradicted ULB’s values. He reportedly sent an email apologizing on behalf of the faculty and to all students who received the instructions. The university also posted an additional apology to all its Facebook followers. It’s unclear from the apology the origins of the instructions.
Despite the apology, over 700 comments on the two posts showed students were very displeased with the email. Several users accused the university of sexism and questioned why on Earth students should be required to show their chest to graduate.
Mashable reached out to the university for additional comment.