Chicago's Northwestern University scraps sex education class

15:12, May 10, 2011      

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Chicago's Northwestern University is caught in fresh controversy on Monday following news that it is scrapping a sex education class, which brought unwanted media attention to the internationally-acclaimed institution last February.

The student-run university publication The Daily Northwestern is reporting that the Human Sexuality class being taught by long-time psychology professor John Michael Bailey, has been dropped from the next academic school year starting in September.

In a statement posted online, Alan K. Cubbage, Northwestern's Vice President for University Relations said, "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."

The university said it is not firing Bailey, but is giving him "other teaching assignments in the coming year." The Daily Northwestern said he will be teaching two "Special Topics" courses.

Northwestern University Psychology Department chairman Dan McAdams was quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday as saying "I did not make the decision. It was made by the central administration, either the president or the provost."

The controversy started on Feb. 21, when Bailey arranged an after-school live sex demonstration for his highly-popular class of 600 students. It was the first time the demonstration was held for the class, which Bailey taught for the last 18 years.

Following pressure from the university, Bailey issued an apology saying, "I regret the effect that this has had on Northwestern University's reputation, and I regret upsetting so many people in this particular manner. I apologize."

After news reports of the event came out, University President Morton Schapiro ordered an investigation saying he was troubled, disappointed and disturbed about Bailey's decision to proceed with the controversial study.

Source: Xinhua

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