New York, November 20
The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has updated its ‘Weapons on Campus’ policy to allow Sikh students to wear a kirpan, a religious expression of faith, on campus.
The move comes about two months after a Sikh student at the university was arrested on campus for wearing the ceremonial dagger.
According to the updated policy, the university will allow students to wear kirpans on campus as long as the blade length is under 3 inches and is “worn close to the body in a sheath at all times”.
The university also said other religious accommodations, including a request to wear a larger kirpan, can be made to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.