Ilorin, the state capital of Kwara State in Western Nigeria, is home to the University of Ilorin (Unilorin), which was established there in 1975.
Unilorin was founded to increase opportunities for Nigerians seeking a university degree and to contribute to the country’s rapidly growing economy.
Formerly a modest institution with a limited selection of courses, Unilorin now enrolls approximately 48,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 postgraduate students in 90 academic programs spread over 15 faculties.
Agriculture, clinical and medical sciences, law, education, engineering and technology, physical sciences, the arts, pharmaceutical science, social sciences, veterinary medicine, and management sciences are just a few of the fields that are available.
Students can reside near the campus center thanks to the on-site dorms. A large library, computer services, information technology labs, a bookstore, a bakery, a printing press, a health center, a shopping center, a post office, and banking services are all available. A new multifunctional theater has also been added to accommodate activities all year long.
The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) expects its students to dress according to the rules of the Students’ Dress Code and to present themselves in a way that is appropriate in society. Thus, UNILORIN students are expected to follow the dress code and comport themselves properly while on campus, as doing otherwise may leave an unfavorable impression of them.
The Unilorin dress code
- While on the school grounds, students are required to wear their student identity cards around their necks at all times.
- Male students should always keep their hair tidy and well-combed.
- Male and female students at UNILORIN are not permitted to dye their hair any color other than their natural color.
- Male students must always keep their hair neat and well-groomed when on UNILORIN property.
- The UNILORIN administration prohibits male students from wearing their hair curled.
- Male UNILORIN students are not allowed to weave their hair or wear dreadlock extensions.
- Any university male student who grows a beard must always keep it tidy and well-groomed.
- It is against the law for UNILORIN’s student body to wear clothing with derogatory or immoral slogans or images on it.
- On the grounds of UNILORIN, female students are not allowed to wear jeggings (or leggings, as they are more widely known) with a short top. A female student’s top needs to be long enough to fully cover her if she needs to wear a pair of jeggings.
- Ripped jeans are not permitted in lectures, exam rooms, administrative buildings, or anywhere else on campus, according to UNILORIN students.
- It is forbidden for female students at UNILORIN to wear scant clothing, including spaghetti tops, body huggers, topless blouses, and short gowns.
- Flip-flops from the bathroom are not permitted in the administrative and academic sections of UNILORIN.
- If necessary, female UNILORIN students are recommended to wear minimal makeup. Heavy makeup application is not permitted.
- Within the walls of the university, male students are not permitted to wear earrings.
- Students are not permitted to enter the university’s grounds dressed in filthy or unkempt attire.
- The female students at UNILORIN are not allowed to wear dresses that reveal the cleavage, breast, back, navel, back, thigh, or armpit.
- It is not permitted to wear transparent or see-through clothing on university property.
- On the campus of UNILORIN, students are not permitted to wear constricting clothing.
- On the grounds of the school, students are not permitted to wear shorts or underwear.
- Students are not permitted to have tattoos or body piercings.
- It’s against the rules for male pupils to let their pants hang loose.
- Hairstyles like dreadlocks, rough coils, galax, and fade-outs, among others, are not allowed for students.
- All clothing worn by the institution’s female pupils must reach the knee.
- It is forbidden for female pupils to attach hair extensions that are blue, green, white, yellow, red, pink, or purple.
- Students who are female are not permitted to wear haircuts with inscriptions.
- Students who are female are permitted to weave and braid their hair, as well as attach extensions and wear wigs.
- Female students are encouraged to keep their hair properly wrapped and woven at all times.
- Students at UNILORIN may dress traditionally or professionally as long as they don’t expose any vulnerable body parts.
- Nose rings are not permitted for female UNILORIN students.
- The University of Ilorin forbids female students from having more than one ear pierced.
- In order to protect their safety while using the laboratories, University of Ilorin students must make sure they are wearing their lab coats and any other required clothing items.
- The university may have distinct dress codes for its many faculties and departments. Each student in that faculty or department is responsible for upholding these codes.
Some postsecondary institutions, like the University of Ilorin, do compel students to follow a particular dress code, but not all do. The UNILORIN management established a committee in 2018 that ultimately created the guidelines for the dress code that is enforced in the institution.
The institution’s dress policy aims to discourage students from donning offensive clothing. Students are taught by the dress code that their appearance impacts how others see them. Thus, they are encouraged to dress appropriately if they wish to command respect and preserve their integrity.
The Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC) is in charge of upholding the requirements of the dress code for students on school grounds. Penalties will be imposed on students who are found to have violated the code in the manner deemed appropriate by the school’s administration. As a result, both new and returning students to UNILORIN must make an effort to understand the “dos” and “don’ts” of the dress code and rigorously follow them.
Forbidden dress codes of Unilorin
The following are examples of unsuitable clothing that is not permitted in university settings (including faculties, administrative buildings, laboratories, examination venues, seminar rooms, lecture halls, and parking lots):
Clothing that reveals any vulnerable body parts, such as the cleavage, breast, back, navel, thigh, and armpits (clothes that show the armpits when the hands are raised, such as sleeveless or partial sleeves);
- Tight clothing
- Clothing that is transparent or see-through;
- jeans that are worn or torn
- T-shirts with vulgar writing that promotes immorality, hooliganism, and so on
- male students who have visible marks and body tattoos.
- short shirt and jeans or leggings
- Body-hugging attire, such as spaghetti, a camisole alone, and shorts and a topless blouse;
- It is not permissible to use bathroom slippers in administrative and academic areas.
- excessive make-up
- sagging pants
- male students wearing earrings
- clothing that is filthy and crumpled;
- male students with body piercings or ear piercings
- Untidy Appearance, Galax, Fadeout, and Rough Coil Haircuts, as well as
- Male students braid or weave their hair.
Additionally, supporters of student dress standards like UNILORIN contend that when kids dress decently while on school property, it improves the whole educational process of learning. Both male and female students’ impolite attire may create distractions that could obstruct studying. Therefore, the clothing code seeks to improve the learning atmosphere. The implementation of the clothing code is also praised for preparing students for the expectations of the real world once they graduate. Students who plan to work professionally might need to dress in a certain manner to fit in with the rest of the workforce. In the end, this teaches kids how to dress professionally in the future.
The fact that wearing better makes one stand out and is another argument in favor of the enforcement of dress regulations in higher education institutions. This may make a student appear approachable to others, opening doors for interaction.