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Oxford loosens exam dress code

Gender no longer applies

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Oxford University is changing its examination dress code. Male-to-female transgender students will be able to attend in skirts while female-to-male students can wear suits and ties. BBC explains:

Under the old laws on academic clothing – known as subfusc – male students were required to wear a dark suit and socks, black shoes, a white bow tie and a plain white shirt and collar under their black gowns. Female students had to wear a dark skirt or trousers, a white blouse, black stockings and shoes and a black ribbon tied in a bow at the neck. If a transgender student wanted to wear subfusc of the opposite sex they had to seek special dispensation from university proctors, who had the power to punish those who breached the rules.