The University of Florida is reportedly providing around-the-clock counseling services to students who are offended by Halloween costumes.
The American Mirror reports that the school put out a statement on its website notifying students and others on campus can contact counselors at all times and report incidents to the school's Bias Education and Response Team.
The University of Florida's statement was placed in their Gator Times blog where it warned students about the harmful effects of Halloween:
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. Regardless of intent, these costumes can perpetuate negative stereotypes, causing harm and offense to groups of people. Also, keep in mind that social media posts can have a long-term impact on your personal and professional reputation. 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. An inclusive definition of diversity recognizes the variety of personal and social experiences that make individuals and communities different from one another.
The counselors at the taxpayer funded school can be reached by phone in the Counseling & Wellness Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students also can contact the school's U Matter, We Care program.
The American Mirror notes this is not the only case of a college warning students about being offensive on Halloween:
The University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse plans to host a seminar this evening titled "Is Your Costume Racist?" in Centennial Hall’s Hall of Nations, The American Mirror reports.