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"Thrill is gone: Northwestern drops controversial sex class"

on Wednesday, 11 May 2011. Posted in Media Updates

Chicago Sun-Times

Northwestern University will no longer offer a popular course on human sexuality that made national news after the professor who taught the course allowed a live demonstration with a motorized sex toy.

The class, taught by Professor Michael Bailey, has been dropped from the psychology department’s curriculum next school year, chairman Dan McAdams told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday.

“I did not make the decision,” Mc­Adams said. “It was made by the central administration, either the president or the provost.”

McAdams said the administration doesn’t typically choose which classes are offered, but the human sexuality class was a “pretty extraordinary case.”

After asking about the class’s future, he received an e-mail from the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences informing him not to offer it next semester.

Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage issued a written statement on the class but declined to answer questions.

“Courses in human sexuality are offered in a variety of academic departments in other universities, and Northwestern is reviewing how such a course best fits into the university’s curriculum,” Cubbage said in a statement. “At Northwestern University, the dean of a college/school has the right and responsibility to determine course assignments.” ...

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