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A U.S. professor is in hot water after taking the concept of "hands-on" learning just a bit too far in his class on human sexuality.

Northwestern University president Morton Shapiro released a statement on Thursday calling the professor's decision to permit an after-class demonstration of a woman using a motorized sex toy "extremely poor judgment." He added, "I have directed that we investigate fully the specifics of this incident, and also clarify what constitutes appropriate pedagogy."

On Feb. 21, professor John Michael Bailey brought in a guest lecturer to discuss bondage and sexual fetishes with his human sexuality class. At an after-class session attended by about 100 students, a man and woman demonstrated using the motorized sex toy.

"The demonstration, which included a woman who enjoyed providing a sexually explicit demonstration using a machine, surely counts as kinky, and hence, as relevant," Prof. Bailey said in a statement issued on Wednesday to FOXNews.com. "Furthermore, earlier that day in my lecture I had talked about the attempts to silence sex research, and how this largely reflected sex negativity … I did not wish, and I do not wish, to surrender to sex negativity and fear."

Students at the school in Illinois may have been warned before that the demonstration would be explicit, and it may have happened after-hours, but it was still inappropriate, Mr. Shapiro said in his statement.

"Although the incident took place in an after-class session that students were not required to attend and students were advised in advance, several times, of the explicit nature of the activity, I feel it represented extremely poor judgment on the part of our faculty member," the statement said. "I simply do not believe this was appropriate, necessary or in keeping with Northwestern University's academic mission."

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