A Zimbabwe university has raised eyebrows after it published a dress code which critics claim unfairly targets women. The Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) warned that lecturers have the power to bar students who violate the dress code from attending lectures.
In a notice to all students, the office of the registrar at ZEGU wrote,
OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
2021 STUDENTS HANDBOOK & DRESS CODE NOTICE
Please be advised that the new 2021 Students Handbook was uploaded on student portals. Students are encouraged to take time to familiarize with the rules and code of conduct in the 2021 Student Handbook.
UNIVERSITY DRESS CODE
We want to remind all students that:
a. ZEGU encourages students to develop a lasting philosophy of good dressing and grooming.
b. Therefore, take care of the following principle: “Tight clothing (e.g., skin tights, leg-ins) cut offs/miniskirts (anything more than 5cm above the knees), shorts, slippers, tops that reveal breast cleavages, back-outs, crop-tops/stomach-outs, bandeau, see-troughs and other kinds of inappropriate clothing are not allowed on campus (especially classes and church services) and other university related off campus functions”.
c. Lecturers can bar students from attending lectures if they are not dressed appropriately. d. Select and wear clothing which gives dignity and an expression of our God given ability to appreciate beauty, creativity, harmony, and good taste.
ZEGU was established in 2012 in Bindura, Zimbabwe. It is the first Pentecostal University in Zimbabwe.
The university’s controversial dress code has been met with mixed reactions on social media platforms. Some people applauded the university for taking the high ground on values and morality. Others, however, deplored the University’s stance saying that it is archaic and discriminatory of women.