CHICAGO -- Northwestern University will not offer a controversial human sexuality class next academic year after a controversy erupted over a live sex-toy demonstration in an after-class presentation earlier this year.
Psychology professor J. Michael Bailey will not teach his popular class next year and there is no other faculty member qualified to teach the subject, psychology chair Dan McAdams said Monday.
"I learned a week or two ago that they had decided to cancel the course for next year," McAdams said. "The decision was made higher up than me at the central administration level."
University spokesman Alan Cubbage did not immediately return a call Monday afternoon.
Earlier this year, Bailey -- and the university -- came under fire when about 100 members of the class watched a naked woman being penetrated by a sex toy on stage in a campus auditorium. The demonstration occurred after class, and attendance was optional. It followed a discussion about kinky sex and female orgasm.
Northwestern president Morton Schapiro acknowledged last month that the university faced a torrent of criticism following the incident and said he sometimes spent four hours a day responding to people upset about the class. He said he explained that there are thousands of classes at Northwestern, and he doesn't know what happens in every one of them.
"I've been in academia for 32 years. I thought I had seen everything. I hadn't," Schapiro said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. He previously said in a statement that he was "troubled and disappointed" by the demonstration, and that it was not in keeping with Northwestern's mission."
The president also said that while professors have the privilege of academic freedom, they also have to act responsibly.
"You don't have a right without a responsibility," he said. "Where is the line? We have all been considering that."
Bailey could not be reached immediately on Monday. In March, he said in a statement that he regrets "the effect that this has had on Northwestern University's reputation." While he said that he wouldn't make the same decision to allow the demonstration again, he also would give those who disapproved of it an "F" for their arguments.
"Saying that the demonstration 'crossed the line,' 'went too far,' 'was inappropriate,' or 'was troubling' convey disapproval but do not illuminate reasoning," he said.
The tentative list of psychology courses to be offered next academic year, dated May 5 and posted online, indicates that Bailey will teach two 300-level "special topics" courses next year: "Dangerous Ideas" and "Behavior Genetics and Evolutionary Psychology."
Bailey had taught the human sexuality class since 1994.
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