UPV clarifies directive on graduation dress code for LGBTQ+

College of the Philippines – Visayas | PHOTO: UPV’s official web site

ILOILO CITY — Graduating college students of the College of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) can now gown up based on their gender desire in the course of the graduation workout routines on July 21.

Dr. Clement Camposano, the chancellor of UPV, stated that the college administration had already determined to permit graduating college students to decorate based mostly on their gender expression, supplied that that is nonetheless in accordance with the system-wide tips.

“The rules are versatile sufficient. We now have determined to permit transgender and non-conforming college students to decorate based on their gender expression so long as they’re in line with the rules,” he stated.

“For instance, if you happen to’re male and your gender expression is feminine, then you’ll be able to gown as a feminine so long as you gown in accordance [to] how females are supposed to decorate within the tips,” he added.

Camposano drew flak after directing graduating college students who don’t conform to the “heteronormative” requirements of clothes to ship a letter explaining their gender id and expression.

He emphasised that the UPV’s current coverage is identical as that of UP Cebu, which earned reward for permitting versatile apparel preferences for members of the LGBTQIA+.

“I don’t suppose that there’s any form of marginalization there. The truth is, what we are attempting to do is increase the interpretation of the present tips. I perceive references have been made to the coverage of UP Cebu. I simply contacted UP Cebu Chancellor Leo Malagar and confirmed that our insurance policies are precisely the identical,” Camposano stated.

He stated the UPV was merely requesting the scholars to inform them of their option to put on gender-affirming apparel.

“I feel that was misunderstood as a result of what the Registrar has appealed to do is [for students] to formally notify us that they like to decorate otherwise. The rationale why we now have to do this is as a result of we’re deviating from established observe, and for functions of documentation, then there should be that form of request. It’s not even a request, it’s simply even a notification,” he stated.

“We’ve moved so removed from custom already, and I feel it’s good for individuals to by some means be taught to fulfill their establishment midway in order that we’re spared from the difficulties afterward,” he added.

As to the backlash on social media, he stated it was unlucky that members of the neighborhood went to social media as a substitute of clarifying issues immediately with the administration.

“We’re making an attempt to open [the rules] as much as liberal interpretation, and it’s unlucky that they went straight to social media with out clarifying the matter with us,” he stated.

In a press release launched on Saturday, July 9, the coed council stated they earlier despatched a letter to the Workplace of the Chancellor requesting for a “extra lenient gown code.”

The chancellor, in response, allowed graduating college students to decorate based on their gender desire so long as it conforms to the college’s tips that’s formal clothes with the sablay to protect the solemnity and dignity of the commencement.

However in the course of the commencement orientation final Friday, graduating college students have been informed that those that don’t conform to the “heteronormative” requirements of clothes should ship a letter explaining their gender id and expression.

The coed council stated the transfer of the college administration with regard to the commencement gown code disrespects college students’ gender id and disregards their proper to gender expression.

The council known as the gown code coverage “outdated” and appealed to the UP system to evaluate and recalibrate it.

UP’s ordinary apparel mixtures for its graduates included Ecru Filipiniana for girls and Barong Tagalog for males, each of which have been worn with the sablay.


College students decry commencement gown code for LGBTQIA


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