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Update: Northwestern Drops Controversial 'Sexuality' Curriculum

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Bad news for students who enjoyed the unorthodox "human sexuality" presentations from Northwestern University Prof. John Michael Bailey -- no more extra-circular sex demonstrations.

As we reported in March, Professor Bailey came under fire for taking about 120 students on a field trip to observe a naked woman experimenting with motorized sex toys on stage.

At the time, university president Morton Shapiro said he was "troubled and disappointed" and vowed to conduct a full investigation.  Now, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Northwestern is dropping the sexuality class from its psychology department's curriculum:

“I did not make the decision,” [university chairman Dan] 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.”

Meanwhile, Prof. Bailey remains on the university's payroll and continues to teach classes in statistics and psychopathology.

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