A local university has issued a reminder to its students on the dress code rules that is being enforced on campus
UCSI University's department of the Student Affairs and Alumni (SAA) posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday, 3 May, an image that outlines the institution's dress code for students.
"UCSI University promotes a consistent professional image on campus and would like to remind students to adhere to the stipulated dress code while attending lectures, tutorials, examinations, workshops, or any activities within the campus."
"Students who fail to abide by the university’s dress code will be barred from entering the premises," the statement on the image read.
According to the image, spaghetti strap tank tops, singlets, short pants, skirts, and slippers are some of the attires that are not allowed on campus.
The university has three campuses located in Kuala Lumpur, Terengganu, and Sarawak.
Many students have since expressed their dissatisfaction towards the university on the ruling
Although the dress code ruling is actually not new and can be found in the student's handbook, it appears that the university only started enforcing the rules recently.
It is learned that the university has been rather strict in enforcing the dress code rules on students from the Medicine and Health Science faculties.
Quite a number of students complained about the matter on social media, accusing the university of being "oppressive" for trying to dictate what students can or cannot wear on campus.
Nevertheless, some people have welcomed the move to enforce a stricter dress code
Similarly, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) also came under public scrutiny after it posted a reminder on its Facebook page about the dress code for students last year
The institution came under fire when the image uploaded on the institution's social media accounts state that tattoo and piercing are not allowed besides illustrating what kind of "unacceptable attire and footwear" that students are not allowed to wear on campus.
Like UCSI, UTAR's guidelines are not new. It has, in fact, routinely regulated what students wear on campus in the past few years.
However, the postings still drew criticism from certain students.
In recent years, more private universities in the country have become more strict in enforcing the guidelines for student dress code
Most universities would have stated the appropriate dress code that students should adhere to when on campus on the student handbook, although the administrations of the universities are rather lenient if students do not comply with the written guidelines.
However, certain private universities or colleges such as MCKL (Methodist College Kuala Lumpur), APU (Asia Pacific University) and International Medical University (IMU) are known to be very strict in enforcing dress code rules on their students.