Iran: Students obliged to follow strict and repressive clothing regulations

State news agency “Daneshju” reported on 18th September that students starting at Beheshti University must fill out and follow a form named the Student Disciplinary Pledge. If a student fails to do so they will face disciplinary action according to the university’s disciplinary regulations.

The regulations regard issues such as Islamic clothing, not gathering inside the campus, not joining or associating with pagan groups or emerging religions. 

Regulations regarding dress for the female students are as follows: 

Clothing should be simple, far from unusual fashions and should be different to the clothes worn in other places, like parties, ceremonies or recreational places. 

The color of clothing should be discreet so as not to draw attention. Shoes should be simple. High heels (over 5 centimeters), long boots (knee-high boots) and shoes which are worn at parties and special ceremonies are not allowed. 

Wearing socks in the university campus is necessary. Jewelry and ornaments worn in the campus should be acceptable ones (like wedding rings, watches, etc.) 

Wearing strong fragrances is not allowed. Length of nails should be appropriate and wearing nail polish, nail extensions and jewelry is not allowed. 

Wearing hats instead of wimples is forbidden. Wearing tight, short or ripped pants and open-front, no-button mantles are forbidden. 

Male students have to adhere to the following rules: 

Wearing ties or bowties of any kind is forbidden. Wearing tight, thin or ripped pants is forbidden. Clothes that are too short, like sleeveless shirts or A-Shirts are forbidden. Wearing jewelry like necklaces, chains, wrist bands or bracelets is forbidden. 

Having hair with an outrageous style or color (curling, braiding, plucking eyebrows), and having long hair is forbidden. 

Commenting on the new regulations, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said in a statement that the Iranian regime has taken these drastic, repressive and misogynistic measures to instill fear in students and to prevent student protests. They said: “The suppressive plan, called ‘chastity and the veil’, reflects the fact that women’s oppression is still among the chief policies of the regime. The plan was instructed by the Rouhani government to universities.” 

The NCRI said that the plan is “outrageous” and that such instructions are “medieval” and “insulting”. 

The chairwoman of the Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said: “Such plans and implementing these criteria in the universities’ campuses is tantamount to meddling in the most private aspects of people’s lives and is simply indicative of the clerical regime’s fear of Iranian women and the young generation. Their implementation only adds to the hatred of the regime by the Iranian people at large and their unity and solidarity to spread their protests until the realization of freedom and democracy in Iran.”