Last fall, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's "Bias Incident Team" banned the wear of three students' "three blind mice" Halloween costumes that were reportedly offensive, mocking the disabled.
Heat Street obtained the documents regarding the incident, revealing a member of the Bias Incident Team reported the students after seeing the photos on Facebook.
“There was concern about their choice as it makes fun of a disability,” the team's meeting minutes said.
"The Bias Incident Team decided to follow up directly with the costume wearers, noting that 'this incident is being considered a personnel issue in Residence Life' because the students were also staffers," Heat Street's Jillian Kay Melchior said.
Though the Bias Incident Team has not established guidelines on what constitutes an acceptable costume, administrators in past meetings posed the idea of "doing 'an inappropriate costumes' de-briefing such as a news media article or overview."
University of Wisconsin-Platteville is not the first school to express concern in regards to the appropriateness of Halloween costumes and the culture surrounding the holiday.
"The University of Washington produced a six-minute video last year decrying 'cultural appropriation' around Halloween," Melchior noted. "Off-limits costumes included hula skirts, straightjackets, sombreros, fake mustaches and martial-arts attire."
With university's around the country growing increasingly troubled by the attire students choose to wear publicly during Halloween festivities, it may only be a matter of time before school's begin implementing guidelines to prevent offending other students on their campuses.