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Marquette University withdraws support for workshop on female sexuality

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Marquette University has withdrawn its support for a student-led workshop on female sexuality.

The 12-week program started just over a month ago at the Catholic Jesuit school.

Officials received a complaint from a former student about the way students were coloring certain body images, and exploring desires and fantasies.

Marquette’s Gender-and-Sexuality Resource Center approved the workshop.

Campus president Scott Pilarz and provost John Pauly withdrew the school’s sponsorship.

Marquette spokesman Brian Dorrington said school leaders were not aware of the specific programming for the student-led workshop. He wanted to make it clear that it was not an academic course, not something that faculty had led.

Dorrington said it was student activity that needed to follow university guidelines, just like other Marquette activities.

It was the second controversy of its kind at Marquette in the last two years.

In 2011, the school rescinded a dean’s job offer to a lesbian scholar, after complaints that her writings did not fit Marquette’s Catholic mission.

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