Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2011 11:57:25 -0400
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From: Patricia Redden <predden**At_Symbol_Here**SPC.EDU>
Subject: Re: Burka and safety
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I have thankfully not had a student wearing a full burka, but to be
honest safety issues should preclude that in lab.  Visibility would be
a real issue, and there is simply too much cloth loose which can knock
over containers, contact chemicals, or catch on fire.  We do have
students wearing hijabs (head scarves) and have them tuck the scarf
under the neck of their clothing.  That's what we used to do with nuns
in habits.  Perhaps the student could use the hijab during lab rather
than the burka.

Pat Redden

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 10:27 AM, Yaeger, Mary Ann
> Could others tell me how you deal with a student who wears a Burka taking
> organic chemistry class, or any lab class for that matter?=A0 We certainl
> don=92t want to discriminate religiously, so how do we deal with the safe
> issues of that.=A0 Surprisingly this is the first time this situation has
> arisen for us.
> Thanks,
> MaryAnn
> MaryAnn Yaeger, MS
> Supervisor of Laboratory Services,
> Chemical Hygiene Officer
> Wesley College
> 120 N. State Street
> Dover DE 19901
> Ph. 302-736-2389
> Fax 302-736-2301

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