Phylise Bowens is suing Bethune-Cookman after being told she needed to lose weight before trying out for their dance team. Bowens, who was a student in their master’s program, wanted to try out for 14K Gold Dancers but apparently was 20 pounds too heavy.
“I did everything, I worked out five days a week morning and night,” Bowens told ClickOrlando.
Even after losing the weight, they still denied her.
“To ask me to lose weight in order to join an organization that’s hazing — you cannot do that,” Bowens said.
Bowens’ attorney said the university is in violation and they’re asking for a refund of the $15,000 tuition.
“Our attorneys and administration are currently investigating this matter,” the university said in a statement. “B-CU is an equal opportunity institution and encourage all students to be actively involved in our campus extracurricular offerings.”
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