The Kent Union has drawn up a list of bizarre guidelines for students wearing fancy dress outfits to parties – including the banning of sombreros and dressing like members of the Conservative Party.
It claims such costumes are “offensive” and threaten other students with the “right to a safe space at our university”.
The union at the University of Kent also warns against adopting sexual themes in fancy dress. It lists examples such as dressing as pervert dj Jimmy Savile, movie producer Harvey Weinstein and transsexual Caitlyn Jenner.
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In its fancy dress guidelines, Kent Union says: “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 [sic] to an individual’s race, gender, disability or sexual orientation or based on stereotypes.”
The Kent Union cites the Mexican clothing as and blacking up as negative examples of fancy dress.
It goes on to list costumes banned according to historical or religious themes.
They include “the Crusades [sic], Nazi uniform, priests and nuns, Cowboys and Native Americans, ISIS bomber, Israeli soldier and The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)”.
However, the union does have ideas upon which outfits it deems acceptable along historical or religious lines. They are “Medieval village, cave people, aliens, the United Nations, Ancient Greeks and Romans”.
Finally, the union offers its thoughts on class or politically based outfits, stating that dressing like a “chav” or member of the Conservative Party is unacceptable.
It says: “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.”
The union says that instead it is acceptable to dress like “doctors or professionals”.