A Belgian university has apologised after a message was sent to female students asking them to wear a low-cut outfit to a graduation ceremony.
The email was sent to medical students at the Free University of Brussels (ULB).
“From an aesthetic point of view,” it read, ” it is better for young women to wear a dress or skirt, and a nice revealing neckline.”
Men were told simply to wear a suit for the event next month.
“Of course, ladies, this advice is not obligatory,” the email added.
But mandatory or not, the suggestion caused an outcry on social media.
The university later released a statement on Facebook and Twitter, on behalf of its medical faculty, to apologise to all students who had received the message.
The advice was inappropriate and went against the university’s values, it said.