One day after announcing through ads in the press that it had expelled a student accusing her of indecent exposure for wearing a miniskirt a Brazilian college went back this Monday on its decision and decided to take the young lady back.
The expulsion caused national commotion in Brazil involving local, state and federal government organs, like the Education Ministry and even House representatives who condemned the school and wanted to take actions against the private institution.Â
The announcement that tourism student Geisy Arruda, 20, could return to school was made by Uniban (Bandeirante University) at the end of this Monday, November 9, after Arruda's lawyer, Nehemias Domingos de Melo, told the press he was suing the school so it would allow his client back before the final exams started.
In a note Uniban informed that the school'sÂ dean had overturned the decision made by the university's board:Â "TheÂ dean of Bandeirante University ”“ Uniban Brazil," said the communiqué, "according to Article 17, subsection IX and XI, of its Internal Statute overturns the decision of the Academic Board (CONSU) takenÂ November 6, concerning the October 22 episode, in its campus in São Bernardo do Camp. This way, the president will give a better course to the decision."
It all started October 22, when the girl was harassed by hundreds of her colleagues on campus for wearing a skimpy skirt. Threatened with violence and even rape she only was able to leave the school escorted by the Military Police, after a friend of hers called 190, the Brazilian 911. Scenes of what happened were registered in cell phones and posted on YouTube.
In ads published Sunday in the main São Paulo newspapers, Uniban announced that it had opened an enquiry to investigate Arruda's story and had concluded that she was guilty of disrespecting the university's ethical principles as well as the "academic dignity and morality."
The defense raised doubts the enquiry was balanced and complained that it wasn't shown the testimonies of those who testified against the student. Uniban interviewed the young woman for about five hours on Thursday.
Arruda says that the had to answer the same questions several times and that they ended distorting her words in the paid note published in the press announcing her expulsion. Moreover she claims that she never received a communication about her ousting and was made aware of it through the press.
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