Halloween is just around the corner and while most of us want to know 2016's most popular costumes, the University of Florida has other things in mind. In its recent blog post, the university reached out to students who might be troubled by offensive costumes.
The blog, which has now gone viral, highlighted that some clothing choices reinforce negative stereotypes. The university cautioned its students against wearing Halloween costumes of particular races, genders, cultures and religions, which might harm others.
The blog also pointed out that its students can seek help from the many resources on campus.
"Please take advantage of the 7 day a week presence of the U Matter, We Care program at the University of Florida by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, there is a 24/7 counselor in the Counseling and Wellness Center available to speak by phone at 352-392-1575," the university said in its blog.
The university's blog comes days after several Halloween costumes, bordering on offensive and vulgar, have been made available online.
Earlier, reality TV star Kim Kardashian's Paris heist costume kit was targeted for being insensitive.
Kardashian's Paris robbery costume, which included a fake $4 million ring, a gag, a short white robe, a black wig, sunglasses and a two-foot rope, was pulled down from Costumeish's website. The $69.99 kit enraged many, who argued that the costume made fun of Kardashian's hellish experience at Paris' No Address Hotel during Fashion Week.