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University in Ohio apologizes for 'overly provocative' email promoting safe sex program
University in Ohio apologizes for 'overly provocative' email promoting safe sex program
University in Ohio apologizes for 'overly provocative' email promoting safe sex program

Published on: 11/04/2023


OXFORD, Ohio (WKRC) — Miami University in Ohio is apologizing after it said a staff member sent an "overly provocative" email to students.

Miami said the email was promoting an event intended to be a safe sex program, but the email may have taken it too far. Some students say they were shocked when they read it.

"When I saw the email, I was stunned and surprised," said Miami student Amari Jenkins.

Others say it's not a big deal.

"I think people are just being incredibly dramatic about it," said Miami freshman Maelyn Greist.

The email was sent to students living in Miami University's Emerson Hall. The community manager, who WKRC was told oversees the resident advisors and students, sent the email to promote an event hosted in the building.

The email said, "You're missing this SPOOKY SEX that's happening in the Emerson Hall Basement RIGHT NOW!" She goes on to invite residents to enjoy free pizza, contraceptives and the chance to win sex toys.

When I first received the email, I was kind of just confused, I was like, 'Are they really giving out sex toys to the freshmen?'" said freshman Cooper TIrola. "Then the provocative language was just that extra step."

In a statement, Miami University said:

A recent promotional email about a safe sex program hosted on campus included language that was overly provocative and did not reflect the educational intent of the program."

"It was basically just sexual education bingo, nothing absurd or crazy at all and a lot of people misread that email and thought something more absurd was going on," Greist said.

Students say the community manager has planned other events – which were not sexual in nature – to get the residents together. Student Noah Holland said he doesn't think this one should be such a big deal.

"The spooky sex attendance was definitely the highest out of everything," Holland said.

Administrators at Miami say leaders in the Office of Residence Life are working to make sure staff members create more professional and clear emails in the future.

Some students said they love that staff member, and they hope she is not in trouble. Others think she should face some kind of discipline.

WKRC reached out to Miami University's media relations department to ask if that staff member would be disciplined, but the station did not receive a response in time for this story.

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