The Chicago Music Class has been removed from the website of the University of Illinois, Chicago, amid a complaint from a student who said she was the victim of a music class “disrespectful” to her religious beliefs.
The class was held on Tuesday, when students and faculty were told to wear the hijab or face disciplinary action.
Students were also told to leave if they did not wear the full-face veil.
The complaint said students and teachers at the class, which was held in the UIC Arts Center, did not comply with the school’s policy that requires students to wear head coverings and that there were students who were wearing hijabs or burkas.
“While the event was in compliance with all university policies, the university did not act in accordance with their expectations,” the complaint said.
“While the university has made efforts to ensure the safety of students and staff, they have not made any effort to remedy any of the negative incidents that were reported, and the students involved have not been able to address these issues,” UIC spokeswoman Mary Ann Smith said in a statement.
“It is important to note that this is not a first-time allegation of any kind, and that the UIGs Student Affairs team is reviewing the incident to make sure it does not happen again.”
In a statement issued through UIC’s student communications department, students were asked to be aware of the consequences for violating the policy.
“We are deeply concerned by these allegations and are working with UIC to determine if there is a valid reason to revoke the event,” the statement said.
“If the university does not remove the event, we will take appropriate disciplinary action.”
It is unclear what, if any, disciplinary action would be taken against the students who complained about the class.
However, the complaint is one of several that have been filed with the U.S. Department of Education regarding religious activities.
Last week, the UAP Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps students attend religious education programs, announced it had filed a complaint with the Department of Justice against a private school that teaches Christian lessons at the campus of the evangelical Christian school Thetford University.