A notice recently posted on the front gates of Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Greater Kaohsiung on proper dress code for students caused a stir among the student body, with some saying that the school was one-sided in its enforcement of such rules.
According to a report from the online new service NOWNews, the notice read: “The campus is a formal location of learning and we ask that students comply with the following rules — Please do not wear flip-flops, hot-pants, or revealing clothing on campus.”
However, some students complained that the school was being selective in its target audience, pointing out that the notice, written entirely in Chinese, was targeted at Taiwanese students rather than accompanied by an English version for foreign students, who some students said are the main culprits when it comes to violating the dress code.
In response to the complaint, the school was quoted by the online news Web site as saying that in addition to displaying a Chinese version of the notice an English version had been placed in the school’s Center of Chinese Language, where foreign students spend most of their time.
The school added that the notices are merely intended as reminders that students are expected to dress appropriately at different venues, adding that whether students take the notice to heart is entirely dependent on their own judgement.
NOWNews reported that because Wenzao is a missionary school, many of the nuns teaching there believe it is inappropriate for students to wear revealing clothing and they have made related recommendations to the school.
Some foreign teachers were quoted as saying they felt embarrassed by a classroom full of scantily clad students.
Although several students said that the school had no authority to interfere with their clothing choices, NOWNews quoted others as saying that how people dressed reflected “a respect for colleagues and teachers as the campus is not the seaside, and definitely not a beauty contest runway.”
Other students were quoted as saying that “disgusting odors” were evident when some students wore flip-flops in classes, adding that “although some might feel that there is nothing wrong with their attire, they are blithely unaware that their behavior causes others to feel uncomfortable.”