Ugandan university issued new dress code; bans mini skirts, tattoos, piercings, shorts


The management of Bishop Stuart University (BSU) in Uganda has issued new dress code guidelines that include a ban on mini skirts and tattoos.

According to the notice by the university’s Dean of Students, Rev Francis Muhangi, issued on December 1, the new dressing code will apply to all students effective December 2, 2021.

The new guidelines prohibit males from putting on sandals, damaged jeans /trousers, shorts, braided/plaited hairstyles, tattoos, piercings, and uncombed hair.

On the side of females, mini skirts and dresses, mini pants, damaged jeans /trousers, and tattoos have been banned.

The dean warned that students who wear anything contradicting the new dress code will be prohibited from accessing the university premises.

”This is to bring to your notice that effective December 2, 2021, no one will be allowed to access the university premises, lecture rooms, offices, or chapel with that dress code,” Rev Muhangi noted.

The university’s new dress code guidelines have, however, stirred a hostile reaction on social media from a section of students and Ugandans who claim the new guidelines are unfair.

“Is this a university or a kindergarten??? Asking” one Chris Dangote tweeted.

“Imagine Bishop Stuart university students waking up to this. It’s finally a self-proclaimed primary school”.

“It’s not the dress code that studies. It’s against freedom” Ambrose said

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