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A college student was reprimanded by gym staff after showing up in a crop top to workout

INSIDER logoINSIDER 10/11/2018 Kelly McLaughlin
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  • University of Prince Edward Island student Kylee Graham said she was reprimanded by staff at her school gym after arriving to work out in a crop top.
  • The 22-year-old veterinary student said staff first told her the shirt was inappropriate before deciding it was OK to wear as she left.
  • Graham said staff told her that the gym was "trying to find a happy medium" in the dress code "where girls can still work out with men."

A college student in Canada said she was reprimanded by staff at her school's gym, who told her she violated its dress code by wearing a crop top.

University of Prince Edward Island student Kylee Graham said in a Facebook post that she was approached by staff at the UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre on October 9, when she was wearing black pants and a black crop top that revealed part of her abdomen.

The 22-year-old veterinary student said staff told her the shirt was inappropriate and pulled out a binder that said the dress code banned sports bras, open-backed shirts and low-cut shirts.

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"I told her this isn't a sports bra as you couldn't even see my belly button (but even if it was so what!!! I'll get to this later), and they said 'okay you're fine for today but in the future even wearing a see through shirt over top would suffice,'" Graham wrote.

According to the UPEI Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre handbook, the dress code states that "Tops/shirts should cover the ribcage."

Graham said she went on with her workout, and as she was leaving, the staff member told her that she had changed her mind and that the crop top was fine to wear.

Confused by the switch in decision, Graham asked what isn't allowed, and the woman told her that wearing only a sports bra was banned because "it shows your abs and cleavage."

The woman told Graham that the gym was "trying to find a happy medium" in the dress code "where girls can still work out with men" without being "distracting" with their clothes.

"Abs are not sexual, a back is not sexual, breasts are not sexual unless the woman wants them to be sexual, stop sexualizing women's bodies doing mundane things and let them live their lives in peace," she wrote.

UPEI told the student publication The Cadre that the Athletics and Recreation department was aware of Graham's post and wanted to directly apologize to her.

Graham told INSIDER that a representative called her, but when she called back there was no response. She said the representative is going to call back later in the evening.

Related: A High School Senior Shockingly Called Out Her School's Dress Code [Provided by Veuer]

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