Fancy dress parties are fast becoming a minefield for students, with the archetypal cowboy outfit the latest to be deemed offensive.
The University of Kents student union has included cattle ranchers and wranglers, with their Stetsons, jeans and boots, in a long list of unacceptable costumes.
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Other banned outfits include the Crusades, Nazi uniform, priests and nuns, Native Americans, IS bomber, Israeli soldier and the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). Also frowned upon are a Mexican sombrero, Harvey Weinstein, Jimmy Savile and Caitlyn Jenner, the transsexual television personality.
If that list left students a little stumped over who to dress as, there is some guidance in the fancy dress guidelines: cave people, aliens, the United Nations, Ancient Greeks and Romans are all fine.
Cowboys and Indians outfits have been banned from fancy dress parties by snowflake university students.
Mexican-style sombreros have also fallen foul of the politically-correct rules, which student leaders say threatens peoples safe space.
Among the other costume ideas hit by the edict are dressing up as chavs, priests and nuns or IS bombers.
However, the fancy dress guidelines approve of doctors and nurses, Ancient Greeks, Romans, cave people and aliens.
University students have been banned from dressing up as cowboys and Indians over fears they are offensive. Pictured: real cowboys and Indians during the Diamond Jubilee in 2012
The sniffy commandment was made by the student union at the University of Kent, which claims to speak for 20,000 students at the campus in Canterbury.
It says dressing up as a particular race, culture or stereotype is offensive and will not be tolerated.
But the proposals were ridiculed yesterday. Rob Lyndhurst, a 33-year-old father of two from Canterbury, said: To think these people are supposed to be among the brightest young people in Britain.
Ive got two young boys and they love to play cowboys and Indians, just like I did when I was a lad.
On social media, Markryan911 wrote: The world has gone mad! You cant do/say anything any more without someone getting offended. I have black/white/straight/gay/Catholic/Muslim friends and I take the **** out of them all equally.
Im not a racist, I just like to have a laugh and crack a joke. And if someone tells me I cant dance because Im white, or I like little boys because Im Catholic, I certainly dont take offence, I just laugh because its a JOKE.
Brownnigel637 wrote: If these students need safe places because of their fragile mental state, then is university really the best place for them?
I wonder where exactly these safe places are? Locked in their bedrooms hiding under their covers? The union said: We empower students to be creative, whilst also ensuring all students feel welcome and safe.
The sniffy commandment was made by the student union at the University of Kent (pictured), which claims to speak for 20,000 students at the campus in Canterbury
Students groups are free to engage in fancy dress whilst ensuring they abide by the Fancy Dress Guidelines which include being offensive, discriminatory and prejudice to an individuals race, gender, disability or sexual orientation or based on stereotypes.
Also banned by the union are dressing up as celebrities known for their sexual misconduct or abuse of power such as Harvey Weinstein or Jimmy Savile.
Outfits with historical or religious themes including Crusaders, Israeli soldiers, IS bombers and the Prophet Mohammed.
The union added: Fancy Dress themes should also not be centred around political group stereotypes or the stereotypes of different levels of perceived class in the means to diminish their worth or validity.
Recently it accused the Tokyo Tea Rooms in Canterbury of cultural appropriation after the bar used white women dressed as geisha girls to promote its opening night.
Matt Goodwin, of Kent Union, said the fancy dress policy was a draft proposal, adding: We will be consulting with our executive groups to gain further feedback.
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