university in Jilin province has ignited outrage online with a particularly puritanical new dress code.
Female students at the International Business School of Jilin International Studies University have been prohibited from wearing skirts that stop above the knee and sleeveless tops, according to a report from Btime.com. Additionally, they have been barred from dyeing their hair, painting their nails, and even wearing jewelry.
The new rules are not entirely sexist, however, male students have also been told not to wear flip flops in the classroom. Those caught violating the rules could lose “moral education points” which may affect their ability to graduate.
In the face of critics calling this dress code alarmingly old-fashioned, the business school has claimed that the new restrictions are needed in order to ensure that the campus is a “civilized and cultured” place where students behave and dress properly.
The school is far from the first institute of higher learning in China to place these kinds of restrictions on their students. A Shandong university made headlines in 2017 for banning mini skirts and shorts on campus while another Jilin university cracked down on PDA on campus in 2015, banning cuddling, kissing, hand-holding, and feeding each other at the school cafeteria.