UT Nursing School rethinks ‘sexist’ signs

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing released a statement saying it “made a mistake,” after it received backlash about a sign enforcing its dress code, which critics called “sexist.”

The sign was taped to the walls of elevators inside the school on Tuesday. It informs students “revealing clothing MUST NOT be worn while in the School of Nursing,” since it “distracts from the learning environment.”

The sign then lists all the items which cannot be worn inside the school including: midriff-baring shirts, short-shorts, short skirts, low-rise pants and low-cut shirts that reveal cleavage.

Critics argue the dress code disproportionately targeted women. They also called for the school to take into consideration the hot temperatures during a Texas summer.

School of Nursing officials said in a statement released Wednesday, they took down all the signs a day after posting them because they “made it sound as though we were worried about women’s clothing as a distraction in the learning environment” when that was not the case. The statement goes on to say they enforce a dress code as part of an academic policy that prepares students for a professional environment.

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