The state-run Citadel military college in Charleston has denied a request by a newly admitted student to wear a traditional Muslim headscarf.
The Citadel revealed last month it was considering the woman’s request to wear the hijab. But college president retired Lt. Gen John Rosa said in a statement Tuesday that the college has denied the request after review, saying it goes against the rigid dress code.
“As the Military College of South Carolina, The Citadel has relied upon a highly effective educational model requiring all cadets to adopt a common uniform,” Rosa said in the statement. “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.”
The Citadel’s dress code requires female cadets keep their hair in a short style no more than three inches in length and no cadet is allowed to wear visible religious symbols on the outside of their clothing. [Read more…]