When a Muslim student asked for an exception to the required uniform at the Citadel, the public military college that had accepted her, it provoked a strong response: Some alumni and others found the idea anathema to the defining principles of unity, uniformity and Corps before self; others thought it would send a message that all faiths were welcome and that the storied institution was not so bound to tradition that it could not evolve with a more diverse society.

The Citadel denied Sana Hamze's request.

But a private military college in Vermont, Norwich University, granted it.

On Friday, Richard Schneider, the president of Norwich, explained the decision in detail in a letter to Norwich trustees, alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the university:

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