TURKEY: Campuses defy lifting of headscarf ban

In defiance of a recent attempt by the Higher Education Board (YÖK) to lift the controversial ban on the use of the Muslim headscarf on university campuses, some institutions continue to refuse to allow covered students to attend their courses, reports Today's Zaman.

Dozens of university students have already filed complaints with YÖK against university administrations. Yusuf Ziya Özcan, the head of the board, recently said publicly that students who are denied entry to university courses because of their headscarves should apply to the board.

The wearing of the headscarf at universities is banned; however, YÖK moved to resolve the headscarf issue on campuses last week by sending a circular to İstanbul University instructing the administration not to send students out of class for violating the dress code.
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