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Published October 24, 2013, 07:45 PM

University of Minnesota officials give word of caution for students

University of Minnesota officials have a word of caution for students: Be careful with those Halloween costumes.

University of Minnesota officials have a word of caution for students: Be careful with those Halloween costumes.

A letter reached students at several campuses, including U of M Crookston.

The Office of Student Affairs notes that some costumes "inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural and gender stereotypes." Dean of students Danita Brown Young says she's heard complaints from students about costumes that stereotype American Indians and African Americans.

The letter also reminds students of the potential for social media posts to have a long-term impact on your reputation.

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