A Muslim student says she is "emotionally traumatized" after her local college prevented her from enrolling because she wore a veil, Sky News reported.

Shawana Bilqes, 18, claims the decision by Burnley College in England has left her humiliated and has disrupted her studies.

"I was willing to take it off as a compromise for identification checks, security or whatever. But they said I couldn't wear it anywhere on the premises," Shawana told Sky News.

In a statement, college Principal John Smith insisted that unimpeded communication with students was impossible if the face was not fully visible, according to Sky News.

"All members of the college community should be identifiable at all times when in the college," Smith said.

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