saudi female students forced to quit studies
published january 10, 2005</font>
a group of saudi female university students will have to quit their studies because they have to give up their campus accommodation and are banned from living alone elsewhere, a newspaper reported on monday.
twenty-five students at the jeddah-based king abdel aziz university, who have not graduated within the assigned period, have been told to leave their accommodation to make room for new students, asharq al awsat
universities in the ultraconservative muslim kingdom are segregated and female students from remote areas can only live in university dorms or with a male guardian.
"the distance between my family's house in the south of saudi arabia and my university is 1,000 kilometers [555 miles]. my family cannot move with me until i finish my course," the daily quoted one student as saying.
women in saudi arabia, who have to cover from head to toe in public and may not mix with men other than relatives, are subject to numerous restrictions in their social and professional lives.