University Violates Muslim Student's Rights by Requiring Removal of Headscarf

June 17, 2005

Source: North Jersey Media Group

On June 17, 2005 North Jersey Media Group reported, "Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck violated the civil rights of a Muslim nursing student by ordering her to remove a religious head covering during nursing rounds at St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic, the state attorney general charged on Thursday... University officials told the student - identified in legal documents as Debra Mason of Jersey City - that her head covering violated a school policy requiring nursing students to wear uniforms during clinical rounds, according to the Attorney General's Office. New Jersey law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for religious customs, and the university policy violates that law, the office alleged."