On Valentine’s Day at Brigham Young University, one young student first thought the man handing her a note at a cubicle was a prospective Valentine.
But it turns out, he was calling out Brittany Molina for her outfit, which he said violated the school’s dress code, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. His note said:
“You may want to consider that what you’re wearing has a negative effect on men (and women) around you. Many people come to this university because they feel safe, morally as well as physically, here. They expect others to abide by the Honor Code that we all agreed on. Please consider your commitment to the Honor Code (which you agreed to) when dressing each day. Thank you.”
Molina shared a picture of her outfit via Twitter (@BrittanyJMo) – and it would be considered modest by any standards short of a burqa.
“Gosh dang it,” Molina wrote on Twitter. ” I’ll remember to dress in jeans, a sweatshirt and tennis shoes tomorrow. That way I don’t make people feel uncomfortable.”
The guy disappeared but Molina seemed OK, according to the HuffingtonPost:
Molina seemed to take the whole incident in stride, tweeting “i was upset at first but its actually sooo funny. whatever. hopefully the guy saw it by now!”
What was the violation? It appears to be the length of her dress, which appears to be slightly above her knees. Which are covered with tights, so not clear on what his problem was. Here’s the apparently apropos section of the Code of Honor at BYU:
A clean and well-cared-for appearance should be maintained. Clothing is inappropriate when it is sleeveless, strapless, backless, or revealing; has slits above the knee; or is form fitting. Dresses, skirts, and shorts must be knee-length or longer. Hairstyles should be clean and neat, avoiding extremes in styles or colors. Excessive ear piercing (more than one per ear) and all other body piercing are not acceptable. Shoes should be worn in all public campus areas.
I suppose tights are form-fitting. Sheesh.