Belgian university is red-faced after a message was sent out asking female students attending next month’s graduation ceremony to wear low-cut outfits..
The email, the report said, was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB)Men, however, were told to wear a suit for next month’s ceremony.
The email also told female graduates, “Of course, ladies, this advice is not obligatory,” the report said.The email caused an outcry on social media, BBC News reported.
University officials later released a statement on Facebook and Twitter, on behalf of its medical faculty, to apologize to all students who had received the message.
The statement called the dress code advice inappropriate and said went against the university’s values.
The report said a screen grab of the original email had been shared on a light-hearted Facebook page, ULB Confessions, which expressed outrage at the “little scandal.”
Hundreds of students responded, BBC News reported, accusing the university of being sexist.
The ULB Confessions page also published a student’s response: “No one has the right to tell you how you should feel in your skin. Nobody has the right to tell you how to dress. No one has the right to tell you how to play your role as a woman. No one has the right to take away this freedom that has been (and is still being) obtained with such difficulty.”