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University of Colorado tells students to choose Halloween costumes wisely

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(WJLA) - The University of Colorado's dean of students wants students to dress in appropriate costumes for Halloween this year in an effort to discourage the community from dressing in what the school deems as culturally inappropriate garb.

In a letter to the student body, CU Dean of Students Christina Gonzales says she wants students to avoid offensive costume or party theme choices. She goes on to list a number of ideas that she deemed racially insensitive.

"If you are planning to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your costume decision may have on others in the CU community," Gonzales wrote.

Included in Gonzales's list of possibly offensive costumes includes dressing in blackface or ones that portray cultural identities as "overly sexualized," including cowboys, Indians and geishas.

The school is also discouraging students from throwing "ghetto" or "white trash" parties as part of their Halloween festivities.

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