You couldn't make it up
A snippet from an article in the Times:
Oxford dons have been given new guidelines for interviews that are designed to prevent the “intimidation” of state school pupils and increase their chances of winning a place at the university.I do wonder if there are any recorded instances of Muslims being offended by an outstretched hand. There may well be cases of Muslims women taking offence as being referred to as girls. Anyway, shouldn't the university be rejecting someone so rude as to refuse the hand of friendship?
The university’s dons have also been told to avoid giving religious offence, for instance by shaking hands with a Muslim girl who has not offered her hand first.