Imperial College London Bans the Hijab, Clothing that Obscures Wearer’s Face

November 24, 2005

Source: The Guardian,3604,1649358,00.html

On November 24, 2005 The Guardian reported, "Imperial College London has banned staff and students from wearing hijabs or hoodies on its campuses as part of an effort to improve security. The college's management board approved the new dress code at the beginning of the month. 'Clothing that obscures an individual's face is not allowed on any of the college's campuses,' it reads. 'Employees and students should refrain from wearing clothing which obscures the face, such as a full or half veil, or hooded tops or scarves worn across the face.' College officials said the move was part of renewed efforts to improve security after the summer bombings in London. It was also an attempt to combat theft and deter animal rights activists... Security staff should be able to match a person's face to their security card, the regulations read. But students are fighting the dress code. This week they will debate and vote on a motion that would amend it to allow hoodies and all religious dress."