A Belgian university was forced to apologize to students after sending an email that suggested women wear low-cut outfits to their graduation ceremony.
The message was sent to medical students at the Brussels Free University (ULB) ahead of their June graduation.
‘From an aesthetic point of view,’ the email read, ‘ it is better for young women to wear a dress or skirt, and a nice revealing neckline.’
Men were told to wear a suit for the graduation event.
The email, which was sent to medical students at the Brussels Free University (ULB), pictured, ahead of their June graduation, told men to wear suits and women to wear a dress with a ‘revealing neckline’
The email, which said its advice was not obligatory, caused outcry on social media and the school was forced to apologize.
University officials posted a statement on Facebook and Twitter in order to apologize on behalf of its medical faculty.
The statement said that the advice was inappropriate and went against the university’s values.
Dean of the medicine faculty, Marco Schetgen, said that the email was likely sent by a woman, as the secretariat does not include any men, according to Belgian news outlet RTL.
The email, which said its advice was not obligatory, caused outcry on social media and the school was forced to apologize
‘No, it’s not a hoax,’ he said, confirming the email had been sent out. He added that he was shocked when he learned of the email.
The email was first brought to students’ attention through the light-hearted Facebook page, ULB Confessions, which interrupted its usual jokes with the ‘little scandal’.
Students responded to the post in swarms, accusing the university of being sexist because of the Facebook post.
One student responded to the post: ‘No one has the right to tell you how you should feel in your skin. Nobody has the right to tell you how to dress.
‘No one has the right to tell you how to play your role as a woman. No one…