Oxford University has a new dress code. If a man wants to wear skirts and stockings, then he is permitted to. If a woman wants to wear a jacket and fancy bow tie, then so be it.
According to The Guardian
, the student union decided to revise regulations after a suggestion placed by Oxford's LGBTQ Society was accepted by the student union. Previously, the dress code was strict, and a transgendered student had to write a letter to the university proctors, requesting to wear subfusc of the opposite sex. Permission was not always granted and university proctors could punish students who broke the dress code.
Gay Star News
reports that the change in dress code eliminates restrictions, whilst upholding the integrity of the subfusc tradition. The tradition dates back centuries and has never been changed. However, considering a proportion of students are transgendered, it was deemed unfair.
The dress code will be changed from August 4, 2012, on which date the regulations will have removed from them any reference to gender. From that date, students will be allowed to wear a suit and white bow tie, or a skirt, white blouse and stockings for their exams.
According to BBC News
, previously students needed to cross dress and could run the risk of being confronted by invigilators or even punished during the examination. In 2007, the University carried out research to ascertain whether students wanted to keep the dress code, or scrap it completely. The result was 70-30 in favor of keeping the tradition.
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