Brazil School Lifts Minidress Expulsion

Government pressure helps this 20-year-old get back on campus
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2009 9:08 PM CST
In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, student 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...   (Leticia Moreira)

(Newser) – A Brazilian woman whose short, pink dress caused a near-riot at a private college and led to her expulsion will be allowed to return to class. The private Bandeirante University today reversed its decision to expel 20-year-old Geisy Arruda following a flood of negative reaction in a nation where skimpy attire is common. Videos of students ridiculing her and making catcalls Oct. 22 made her an Internet sensation.

Just hours after the Brazilian government sought an explanation from the university, its dean released a statement saying he was reversing the school's decision to expel Arruda. Arruda earlier said she was never warned by university officials that her dress was too racy. "If a security guard or a professor had told me something I would have humbly returned home and changed my clothes," she said, accompanied by seven lawyers at a packed news conference.