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Is it true that universities are cracking down on fancy dress parties and socials?
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Ive not seen any crackdown on fancy dress, only if it’s offensive in some manor.

I would say things like initiations and really grim sports club traditions are a thing of the past, with snapchat, instagram & university confessions pages they’ve died out.
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if you want to dress up as Snow White that would not be a problem ( at the time of writing ), but it is a slippery slope...
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Is it true that universities are cracking down on fancy dress parties and socials?
unofficial clamp down because of all the fools who will accuse you of cultural appropriation if you came as pocahontas etc
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What is the punishment they can hand out? I mean the university and students union?
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Ive not seen any crackdown on fancy dress, only if it’s offensive in some manor.

I would say things like initiations and really grim sports club traditions are a thing of the past, with snapchat, instagram & university confessions pages they’ve died out.
It's a strange concept if it's offensive. Who judges what is offensive or not? is there a legal objective standard, I'm having a hard time grasping this idea.
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What is the punishment they can hand out? I mean the university and students union?
Depends what you do.

They would probably issue warnings initially, then hit the student group associated i.e. fine them or stop giving them resources (often sports teams (most obvious offenders) rely on SU money & facilities), if it continues they could close the club. If it’s deemed serious enough they could go after students specifically i.e. kick them out.

But tbh ive never heard of this for fancy dress. Realistically nothing is likely to happen as long as you haven’t dressed up as something purposefully inflammatory.
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Let's be honest, fancy dress is crap anyway.
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Dressing up could be naff but it could be fun also. By looking at some uni's they seem very militant and anti-fun. I was thinking of going to Birmingham University and that is what made me ask.
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What is the punishment they can hand out? I mean the university and students union?
It probably depends on the degree of offensiveness and how the event was describe for instance if it was say Disney as long as you don't do some thing like black up you'd probably be ok turning up a Mulan or something but if you turned spa s Goofy in his Nazi clothes then that would probably insure something more than a warning I'd say.
1/ A warning ing someone takes offence on cultural appropriation grounds
2/ A fine if it's as second offence or purposely inflammatory.
3/ The club could face sanctions for instance a fine or they could have their funding pulled or they could even be closed down.
4/ You could be kicked out of the club and not allowed to rejoin.
5/ You could get kicked out.
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Is it true that universities are cracking down on fancy dress parties and socials?
Hi!

I've not heard anything about this.
At Portsmouth, we go all out when we dress for socials and its a lot of fun

Universities might be cracking down on socials that are offensive as there might be some themes that are inappropriate. However, like I say we've not had this problem at Portsmouth.

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