OK, if the fears of college students in the past were considered ridiculous, they’ve now entered the realm formerly reserved for the totally insane.
The Gainesville campus of the University of Florida is offering 24/7 counseling services for those students who are offended by — Halloween costumes.
“October brings fall weather and Halloween,” the university wrote in a blog titled “Halloween Costume Choices” posted to its website, the Gator Times, Monday.
“If you choose to participate in Halloween activities, we encourage you to think about your choices of costumes and themes. Some Halloween costumes reinforce stereotypes of particular races, genders, cultures, or religions,” the post continued. “Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people.”
In addition to asking students to refrain from costume choices that promote stereotypical depictions of races and cultures, the university wanted them to use their holiday attire to promote diversity.
“The University of Florida’s Division of Student Affairs Diversity and Social Justice Statement reminds us that UF fosters a community that values and respects diversity,” the blog read. “An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another.”
The notice also indicated that counseling will be 24/7 for those students adversely affected by others who disregard the university’s costume guidelines.
“As a community, we aspire to demonstrate integrity, respect, and compassion that strives to maintain an affirming campus climate for all members of our community,” according to the website. “If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available. Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program … by emailing [email protected] Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor I the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-932-1575.”
After the school’s notice did all it could to remove all the fun from Halloween, it closed by wishing everyone a fun Halloween.
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