|Saudi women queue outside the "convention hall" at Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 6, 2016, ahead of a performance by US dance group iLuminate. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)|
RIYADH - A Saudi university warned this week its female students of immediate dismissal for imitating men in haircuts and outfits, Okaz local newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh sent the warning messages on Monday, while the decision will be enforced staring next month.
The university stressed that the violated students will be suspended immediately without previous warning.
The decision covers women with very short haircuts as such styles are considered by conservative Muslims as a sin for imitating men.
Saudi Arabia follows gender segregation in all walks in life, including education and female students in different education levels study in separate buildings from males.
They are also taught by females, except at universities, while in case of male teachers they are either teach behind partitions or the students should be fully covered.
In 2002, fifteen girls killed in a fire at their school in Mecca when religious police stopped the females from leaving the building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress.