Dreadlocks and ‘tumbo cuts’ prohibited in KeMU


Learners pursuing studies at the Kenya Methodist University will have to re-check their wardrobes to ensure their clothes abide by the university’s dress code.

In a memo from the Dean of Students, dated 5th January 2023, the university prohibited a number of dressing and hairstyles.

“All students are required to comply with the University code of dressing (section 3.21) and wear appropriate attire during study, at meal times in the dining hall, and in all university functions,” read the memo.

For male students, dreadlocks/rasta and plaited hair have been prohibited.

Earrings, untacked shirts, vests that show bare chests, and wearing hats/caps in classes and offices have also been prohibited.

For their female counterparts ‘tumbo cuts‘ (exposing their belly and naval), bare backs (exposing their backs) and miniskirts, or any skirt above the knee line were prohibited.

KeMU dress code memo

Skirts with high slits that are above the knee line, dresses with necklines running down more than four inches, body-tight trousers and see-through clothes have also been prohibited for female students.

“The Dean of Students wishes to encourage students to adopt a style of dressing and appearance that would be acceptable in the various field of work and society in general,” read the memo.