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Imperial College dress code

by Kian Sing Low Imperial College student union campaigns officer (personal capacity)
Issue No. 1980

The campaign against the dress code at Imperial College in London is starting to make headway. On Thursday of last week some 60 students held a demonstration outside our faculty building — the fortress that houses the college management responsible for the code.

This demonstration was backed by Imperial’s student union after a motion against the dress code, moved by Respect members in the university, was passed at union council.

There was a small media circus around the demonstration, and the resulting coverage will put even more pressure on the college to withdraw the clothing policy. The code, introduced without consultation on “security” grounds, bans hooded tops, veils and scarves over faces.

One student decided to violate the code by wearing a Scooby Doo costume.

Protesting has already started to have an effect. The student union president was called in for an emergency meeting with college management before the protest. They gave some verbal concessions to tone down the dress code.

However, student union policy is to “campaign until the dress code is withdrawn”.

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Sat 10 Dec 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1980
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