The Kenya Methodist University has outlawed the wearing of miniskirts for female students and dreadlocks and earrings for male students in a new strict dress code.
In a circular issued on 5th January 2023 by Dean of Students Dr Esther Mbaabu, the Christian university sponsored by the Methodist Church in Kenya, female students have been asked not wear dresses that expose their belly or navel popularly known as Tumbo Cuts.
She told the students not to wear dresses that leave their backs bare and see-through dresses. They are also not to wear body tight trousers.
The list of banned clothes includes dresses or blouses with neckline running down more than 4 inches, exposing their breasts.
Any skirt above the knee line (miniskirts) have been banned and all other skirts whose slits are above the knee line.
For male students, wearing of earrings, plaited hair, Rasta or dreadlocks has been banned with the students asked to wear properly groomed hair.
Untucked shirts, vests that show bare chest, hats caps should not be worn in classes and offices.
“All students are required to comply with the University code of dressing and wear appropriate attire during study, at mealtimes in the dining hall and in all university functions,” said Dr Mbaabu.
The Dean of Students said she was encouraging all students to adopt a style of dressing and appearance that would be acceptable in the various fields of work and society in general.