Northwestern will not offer Professor John Michael Bailey’s Human Sexuality class during the next academic year, according to Vice President of University Relations Alan Cubbage. His press release, printed in full below, stated that “Northwestern is reviewing how such a course best fits into the University’s curriculum.”
Bailey will continue to teach in at least two other classes next year. According to the Daily Northwestern and Chicago Sun-Times, the decision to remove Human Sexuality from next year’s offered courses came from the central administration rather than from within the psychology department.
The decision is part of the aftermath of a sex toy demonstration that sparked debates on campus and in national media.
Bailey could not be reached for comment at this time, nor could psychology department chair Dan McAdams.
More to come.
Press release from Alan Cubbage, vice president of University relations
Northwestern University s Department of Psychology will not offer a course in human sexuality during the 2011-12 academic year. That course was taught previously by Professor J. Michael Bailey, who will have other teaching assignments in the coming year. 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. At Northwestern University, the dean of a college/school has the right and responsibility to determine course assignments.