The arrival of summer has brought out the fashion police on one conservative college campus in Shandong police, on the look out for students showing too much leg.
Patrol teams have been assembled at the Jinan Vocational College of Nursing, tasked with cracking down on students violating the school’s rather strict dress code, much to the annoyance of sweaty students.
According to the Beijing Times, students that are caught by these patrols wearing skirts or shorts that end above the knee will have their names recorded if it is their first offense. On their third offense, they will be publicly shamed. Offenders will also have points deducted from their class score.
These dress regulations apply to both male and female students, though the nursing school’s student body is almost entirely female.
Many students have spoken out against these rules — which also ban the wearing of flip-flops — as cruel, coinciding with the start of the dog days of summer in China when temperatures regularly rise above 30 degrees Celcius. Though some students have also voiced their approval for the measures, saying that wearing “revealing” clothing in the classroom is “not appropriate.”
Meanwhile, officials at the vocational college explained to reporters that the dress code is not official school policy, but a set of guidelines that were put in place by the student association in order to improve the college’s image and attitude. Officials also noted that students are free to wear shorts and mini-skirts in their own living spaces, but most cover up when attending class or walking around campus.
While officials claim not to be behind the dress code, they still say that they are in support of it, starting that pants or skirts which show too much thigh are “not in good taste.”
One Shandong hotpot restaurant would likely take issue with that judgment, offering discounts for women wearing skimpy skirts back in 2015.
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