With Halloween just around the corner, the University of Florida is less worried about the impending clown apocalypse and more concerned with its students being offended by particular Halloween costumes. That’s why, in a recent blog post, the administration announced that it would be offering counseling for anyone offended by a costume.
“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,” the administration wrote. “If you are troubled by an incident that does occur, please know that there are many resources available.”
A 24-hour hotline will be available to students as well as a Bias Education and Response Team to handle specific reports of discriminatory incidents.
There’s is no word on whether there will be specific measures in place to handle clown-induced trauma.