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Female students asked to wear low-cut dresses to graduation

CRITICISED: Free University of Brussels

A UNIVERSITY in Brussels has come under fire after a message was issued to its female students asking them to wear low-cut outfits to their graduation ceremony.

Medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) were told in an email: “From an aesthetic point of view, it is better for young women to wear a dress or skirt, and a nice revealing neckline.”

“Of course, ladies, this advice is not obligatory,” the message added, after advising men to simply wear a suit for the event, which takes place next month.

The message came to light after it was posted on a Facebook page with the comment: “a little scandal”.

Since, the post has gone viral with hundreds of web users criticising the university for outright sexism.

“Is this a joke? They are graduates of medicine and we’re asking them to show their chest?” one commentator said.

Another wrote: “The dress I can understand but the ‘nice cleavage’… you got a PHD, but who cares, shows your nipples.”

ULB issued an apology statement on Facebook and Twitter after the matter was picked up by international media.

A translation read: “The Faculty of Medicine, through its dean, presents its sincerest apologies to all the students who have received the email mentioned below."

The email was sent to future graduates to give “practical instructions” for the day of the ceremony, it said.

“It goes without saying that the instructions linked to the dress of young female graduates are as far removed from as they are contrary to the values defended daily by ULB and its faculty.”

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