(MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE) University of Minnesota officials have a word of caution for students: Be careful with those Halloween costumes.

In a letter to students, the Office of Student Affairs notes that some costumes “inappropriately perpetuate racial, cultural and gender stereotypes.”

And it urges students to “take care” in selecting their Halloween outfits, lest they pick ones “that are offensive or hurtful to others.”

The letter was e-mailed Oct. 10 to students at both Twin Cities campuses, according to a university spokesman.

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