It was a feeling of accusations & counter-accusations from students and the school authorities when a perceived controversial memo containing the required dress code henceforth was issues to students of Mount Kenya University on July 24. However, the school council insist the measure was nothing new as it has always been contained in the University’s guidebook.

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According to the school’s Dean of Students, Mr Emmanuel Oduor, he claimed the students are simply crying foul over nothing new. “The regulations are in the student handbook. It was just extracted by our associate dean in Nairobi. It is nothing new. You cannot dress the way you want. For example, each faculty in the university has its way of dressing i.e. nurses and those in hospitality for their practicals and classes etc. It is common sense. You cannot put on swimming costume in the streets of Nairobi,” said Oduor.

The memo warning students against wearing clothes “revealing private body parts,” said defiance of the rules three times will result in disciplinary action. “Persons dressed in clothes/pants revealing private body parts will be denied access into the university premises and will be required to go back and dress decently.

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“Ladies should not wear see-through clothing, bare-backs, crop tops, cleavage-baring attire or micro-minis within the university’s premises. “Students are not to wear caps or hats during lectures, in the library, laboratory or when addressing members of staff. Male students are also expected to have well-groomed hair.

“Students who defy the new rules will be given a warning. Three warnings will land one before a disciplinary committee,” the memo read.

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