Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2011 14:27:08 -0700
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Subject: Re: Burka and safety
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The problem with the burka is the religious shapeless requirement.  If the loose fitting garment is snugged with a belt for example, if may violate a cultural standard.  Thus, the lab coat to provide a lab standard degree of “fitness” to the person.

This is where working closely with the student is mandatory and really being both flexible and creative.  Sheila Kennedy made this point repeatedly in her Denver presentation.

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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Burka and safety

Is the Burka made from material that is appropriate to the hazards? (Flame resistant or water proof)?

If so, I’d embrace it.

It’s better than a lab coat!


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Yaeger, Mary Ann
Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2011 7:28 AM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Burka and safety

Could others tell me how you deal with a student who wears a Burka taking an organic chemistry class, or any lab class for that matter?  We certainly don’t want to discriminate religiously, so how do we deal with the safety issues of that.  Surprisingly this is the first time this situation has arisen for us.



MaryAnn Yaeger, MS

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Wesley College

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