University will accommodate student

14th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2007, GRONINGEN – The University of Groningen does not want to refuse to allow a student who wears a niqab to take her exams. A niqab is a garment worn by some Muslim women which covers the face entirely, leaving just a small slit through which the wearer can see.

14 June 2007

GRONINGEN – The University of Groningen does not want to refuse to allow a student who wears a niqab to take her exams. A niqab is a garment worn by some Muslim women which covers the face entirely, leaving just a small slit through which the wearer can see.

The student will be permitted to sit her exams wearing the garment, but will first have to remove the veil to identify herself to the (female) proctor monitoring the exam. A spokesperson for the university confirmed this on Thursday.

The executive board at the university feels that a female proctor should be assigned to monitor this particular exam. It has suggested to the law faculty that it provide this. They say the faculty itself will have to find a way of dealing with the situation since there are no general regulations in place.

The board has also said that the administration at the faculty will have to decide whether the niqab prevents the student from fully taking part in seminars, where students are required to engage in discussion and presentations.

The university is still meeting with the woman to discuss a possible solution. "In order to protect her privacy we may not comment on what her reaction has been. But the talks will continue," a spokesperson for the university said.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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