Morehouse College launched a new dress code this week that is getting a lot of attention. The new guidelines at the all-male college forbid "wearing hats in buildings, pajamas in public, do-rags, sagging pants, sunglasses in class and walking barefoot on campus". They also ban cross-dressing:
"The dress-wearing ban is aimed at a small part of the private college's 2,700-member student body, said Dr. William Bynum, vice president for Student Services. 'We are talking about five students who are living a gay lifestyle that is leading them to dress a way we do not expect in Morehouse men,' he said. Before the school released the policy, Bynum said, he met with Morehouse Safe Space, the campus' gay organization.' We talked about it and then they took a vote,' he said. 'Of the 27 people in the room, only three were against it.' There has been a positive response along with some criticism throughout the campus, he said."
Morehouse was recently in the news for firing an administrative assistant after she sent an email from work computers that reportedly contained derogatory remarks about the photos of a gay wedding.
At the time, Morehouse President Robert Franklin sent out an email about the school's anti-discrimination policies. Said the note: "The views expressed in the e-mail entitled, 'The WTD of the Week,' (September 28, 2009) were the personal views of one individual and do not reflect the values or policies of Morehouse College. Morehouse College has a no-tolerance position on discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the College has taken great strides toward building a diverse and tolerant community. After investigating the matter, the College has disciplined the persons involved in the incident, and one of the implicated employees is no longer with the College. In addition, the College has reminded its staff that the Morehouse e-mail system is College property, should be safeguarded as any other College property, and that e-mails that are discriminatory, inflammatory, or derogatory to any group are prohibited at the College."
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