A Muslim student who had been accepted to attend the Citadel beginning this fall had requested an exception from the school’s strict uniform guidelines, to be allowed to wear a hijab. After weeks of consideration, the Citadel has responded in a written statement from Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa.
The answer is NO EXCEPTIONS will be made to the school’s uniform policy.
Rosa said, “The Citadel has relied upon a highly effective educational model requiring all cadets to adopt a common uniform. Uniformity is the cornerstone of this four-year leader development model. The standardization of cadets in apparel, overall appearance, actions and privileges is essential to the learning goals and objectives of the college. This process reflects an initial relinquishing of self during which cadets learn the value of teamwork to function as a single unit.”
The college does offer accommodations for prayer and dietary needs, and transportation to worship services, but will make no exceptions to their 175-year-old strict uniform policy.
The Washington Examiner reported that a spokesperson for the family said the student will not attend unless she can wear the hijab. She said it isn’t fair that she has to choose between practicing her faith and going to the Citadel. Ibrahim Hooper with CAIR said the family is considering legal options. “All options are on the table,” he said.
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