Cornell University student strips after professor questions her outfit

A CORNELL University student delivered her honours thesis in her underwear after her professor questioned her attire during a trial run. She then got 28 of the 44 people attending the final presentation to remove their clothes in protest on May 12.

Letitia Chai, was wearing a blue button down shirt and cut-off jean shorts when her professor spoke out against her choice of clothes.

"The first thing that the professor said to me was 'Is that really what you would wear?'" The Cornell Daily Star quoted Chai as saying recently. "I think that I was so taken aback that I didn't really know how to respond."

Chai said the course instructor, Prof. Rebekah Maggor commented that her shorts were "too short".

The class is not bound by an official dress code. Students can "wear clothes and footwear that are comfortable" that allow "a free range of movement", Chai said.

According to students in the class, once Chai had left the room, Maggor, "apologised for her choice of words" and acknowledged that "the notion of 'short shorts' on women carries a lot of cultural and political baggage".

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