Did Bugema University go too far?
A University in Uganda, Bugema University yesterday issued an official notice that places a ban on the use of jewellery, make-up, mini-skirts, sleeveless/open tops, coloured nail varnish, trousers, etc. by female students in the university.
The ban is to take effect immediately.
In what the University says is its way of enforcing ‘moral culture’ among students, the notice reads that no student would be allowed back into school next semester if they do not adhere to the instructions.
“No student should come back with the above mentioned next semester. Culprits will face university disciplinary committee for serious action,” read part of the notice issued.
Bugema University is owned by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The university was founded in 1948 as theology school. However, over the years, it has expanded its base and now offers Bachelor's degrees for both science and social science majors.
It changed its name from Bugema Missionary Training School to Bugema Missionary College and subsequently to Bugema Adventist College.
However, in 1976, when the institution was cleared to offer bachelor’s degrees in different disciplines, the name was changed to Bugema University.
Speaking on the ban, the university dean of students, George Mupaghasi, during an interview granted to a news agency said:
“No student should come back with the above mentioned next semester. Culprits will face university disciplinary committee for serious action.
“We have been taking these students through these rules, especially during their orientations but to our disappointment, some of them end up falling culprits of indecent dressing.
“We have done this because in case any of our students get a problem along the way, we are held accountable so, we need to protect them as we reserve the positive image of the institution as well.
“We need these students to dress in a respectful manner as stipulated in our university handbook.”
In 2017, Zambeze University, an institution in Mozambique, as part of its dress code policy, banned students from wearing sandals, shorts, tight dresses and dreadlocks on campus.
According to the University World News, a research paper from Uganda it cited that dealt with sexual harassment in medical schools recommends that administrators promote decent dressing of female students “to avoid luring males into sexual feeling and behaviours. Institutions should design decent uniforms for medical students where need be”.
The ban has continued to receive negative reactions from students and critics who say that the ban is a violation of fundamental human rights and freedom of students?
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