PAULO —The private college that expelled a student who wore a short,
bright-coloured dress to class has been ordered to pay her more than $20,000 in
Judge Rodrigo Gorga Campos ordered
Bandeirante University in Sao Bernardo do Campo to pay Geisy Arruda $23,800 in
damages. His ruling was posted on the court’s website.
In expelling the tourism student
late last year, the university said she disrespected “ethical principles,
academic dignity and morality” by wearing provocative and “inadequate
But one day later, amid a flood of
negative reaction, the university backed down and rescinded the expulsion.
Arruda, meanwhile, became a minor celebrity, dancing in Carnival parades,
appearing on TV interview shows, launching her own line of clothing and taking
part in a TV reality show.
Attorneys for Arruda and the
university did not immediately return calls requesting comment.
The Folha de S.Paulo news service
said Arruda’s lawyer Nehemias Melo praised the ruling but plans to appeal the
amount awarded, saying his client wants $595,240 in damages.
Arruda, now 21, became an Internet
sensation after videos appeared showing her being chased from the campus of the
university by male students yelling “Whore! Whore!” She had to be
escorted away by police after wearing the mini-dress to class. She put on a
professor’s white coat and left amid a hail of insults and curses.