College Reverses Ban on Muslim Veils

Published: January 8, 2010

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has amended a security policy that banned Muslim women from wearing veils.

The school had instituted a policy on Jan. 1 that prevented students from wearing head coverings that obscured their face. As part of the security measure, students were also required to wear ID cards.

The school developed the policy during its annual review of its public safety procedures. The security measure was unrelated to the arrest of a Muslim alumnus who was charged with plotting terror strikes, reports The Boston Globe.

The policy was amended after a federal civil liberties complaint and scrutiny from the media, reports Inside Higher Ed. It initially allowed students to wear clothing that masked their face for medical reasons. Now students are allowed to wear the garb for religious reasons as well.

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