Fancy dress parties, particularly around Halloween, are a staple part of going to university.
However, students in Kent have been given guidance that tells them not to wear a number of different outfits.
Among the list of costumes that they deem offensive are cowboy outfits and sombreros.
Informing students of the new guidelines, the union decreed: Dressing up as a particular race, culture or stereotype is offensive and Kent Union will not tolerate behaviours which seek to.
The costumes that are banned include the following costumes and themes:
- The Crusades
- Nazi uniforms
- Native Americans
- Isis bombers
- Israeli soldier
- Tory boys
- and The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)
- Jimmy Savile
- Harvey Weinstein
- Dressing up as a gender or sexuality they dont identify with if the purpose is to belittle
Helpfully, the union, which says it is simply acting to give other students the right to a safe space has guidance for what is allowed.
The in list includes:
- Ancient Greeks
The move comes after Manchester students were told to use jazz hands instead of clapping in case it upset people.
The union said: We empower students to be creative, whilst also ensuring all students feel welcome and safe.
Students groups are free to engage in fancy dress whilst ensuring they abide by the Fancy Dress Guidelines which include being offensive, discriminatory and prejudice to an individuals race, gender, disability or sexual orientation or based on stereotypes.
Fancy Dress themes should also not be centred around political group stereotypes or the stereotypes of different levels of perceived class in the means to diminish their worth or validity.
This again would promote an unsafe and exclusive campus to which we do not tolerate.
However, the new rules have led to the union leadership being called a group of professionally offended liberals and ten-gallon prats.
One Kent resident said: With so many restrictions theyll soon need to publish a list of socially responsible costumes categorised by a list of acceptable genders that one is allowed to identify as.
Failing that how about designing a gender neutral uniform that could be worn instead?
At some point they will stop being fancy dress parties and need their own name, one designed not to cause offence to anyone.
Another added: The idiots making all these silly rules up have just moved out of their parents bedrooms and are acting like power crazy Hitlers.
Someone should have a rally outside the uni wearing all things they find offensive while clapping them all in.
Another critic said: The wet professionally offended liberals strike again. The extremist centre does love to “white knight” on these issues, ironic really.
Another added: Theyre just a bunch of ten-gallon prats. Im pretty sure there arent any professional cowboys in Kent, and even if they were, theyd have far bigger problems to deal with than students wearing fancy dress.