Student Booted for Minidress Wins $24K in Damages

Geisy Arruda compensated after thigh-high controversy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2010 4:03 AM CDT
Geisy Arruda poses at her home in Sao Paulo wearing the same dress that she was expelled for wearing on campus at Bandeirante University in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil.    (AP Photo/Leticia Moreira/ Folha Imagem)

(Newser) – A Brazilian student briefly expelled from her university for wearing a dress officials deemed too short has been awarded $24,000 in damages. Geisy Arruda—whom school officials accused of having a flagrant lack of respect for ethical principles, academic dignity and morality—was readmitted to the Sao Paolo institution after a public outcry, the BBC notes. Lawyers for the 21-year-old student say they will appeal for a much larger sum to compensate for Geisy's "trampled dignity."

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