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St. Thomas University student given formal apology after wardrobe warning

St. Thomas University has formally apologized to fourth-year student MacKenzie Parsons, who was told she couldn't wear a crop top in the university's gym by a staff member last week.

University's director of athletics officially apologizes to the student in person

MacKenzie Parsons, a fourth year student at St. Thomas University, was told last week that crop tops aren't permitted at the J.B. O'Keefe Fitness Centre because they are distracting. (MacKenzie Parsons/Facebook)

St. Thomas University has formally apologized to fourth-year student MacKenzie Parsons, who was told by a staff member that she couldn't wear a crop top in the university gym last week.

Parsons said the apology was made in person on Tuesday by Mike Eagles, the university's director of athletics. Parsons  said she was also given a written letter of apology.

The apology was also posted to the university's Twitter and Facebook sites — the Facebook post has since been deleted.

"I could tell it came from the heart," said Parsons.

Moving forward

Parsons was approached by a staff member when she was at the J.B. O'Keefe Fitness Centre on campus last Thursday, and was told crop tops were not allowed because some people find them distracting.

Parsons took to social media to express her outrage about the incident. Many people commented and shared the post and shortly after the university clarified what happened and said it would issue an apology. 

Now, Parsons is ready to move on from the incident.

She said Eagles told her she can return to the gym wearing her usual attire. 

Developing new policy

Jeffrey Carleton, spokesperson for St. Thomas University in Fredericton, said the school is developing a policy at the fitness centre that will focus on the health and safety of all users, which will include a dress code applicable to all genders. 

Carleton clarified there is currently no dress code at the gym.