Student picks school after Citadel says no to her hijab

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In this March 21, 2012 photo, cadets cross the parade ground at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt. Norwich University, the nation’s oldest private military academy, is holding its first gay pride week. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A 17-year-old Muslim girl from Florida who hopes to become a Navy officer says she’s decided to attend Vermont’s Norwich University after the military school said it would allow her to wear her headscarf beneath her uniform.

Sana Hamze had initially hoped to attend The Citadel in South Carolina, but the school would not change its uniform policy to accommodate her headscarf. She says Norwich agreed to her request.

Norwich officials say privacy rules prevent them from confirming that Sana had agreed to attend their school. But last week President Richard Schneider told the university community the school had agreed to allow an accepted female student to wear a hijab.

Norwich is the nation’s oldest private military college and touts itself as the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

Related: The Citadel considers exception to allow Muslim headscarf

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