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Another Major Breakthrough: Sikh Students Allowed To Wear Kirpan By The University of North Carolina, US

Another Major Breakthrough: Sikh Students Allowed To Wear Kirpan By The University of North Carolina, US

Another Major Breakthrough:  Sikh Students Allowed To Wear Kirpan By The University of North Carolina, US

The University of North Carolina, Charlotte, has updated its 'Weapons on Campus' policy to allow Sikh students to wear a kirpan, a sacred object in Sikhism, on campus. 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 change comes about two months after a video was posted online showing a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was handcuffed for carrying a kirpan. A week after the incident, the university had shared a list of planned actions, including providing support and resources to the students affected by the event. 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 evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The ruling was effective immediately, the university, which had apologized for the incident, said.

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