State funding pulled from UT Sex Week

State funding pulled from UT Sex Week

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee will not be funding Sex Week on campus.

University officials issued a statement from Chancellor Jimmy Cheek late Wednesday saying the campus will not be using state tax or tuition dollars to fund Sex Week.

Sex Week was scheduled for April 5-12. Nearly every sex-related topic was to be discussed in programs during the week.

The program sparked controversy among state lawmakers. State Sen. Stacey Campfield said he wanted to revisit funding the university.

The statement released by the university said Cheek reviewed the final agenda for the week and determined it should not be funded by state tax dollars. That means more than $11,000 from academic programs and departments will not be available.

6 News reached out to Jacob Clark, one of Sex Week's organizers. In an email Clark said he would comment "once things slow down enough for us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current situation."

Students who talked to 6 News Wednesday said they disagreed with the decision to pull funding.

"I think it was a poor decision on their part," said freshman Rebecca Shrem. "I think it should have kept the funding the same."

"There is a big [sexually transmitted disease] rate here," added senior Samuel Wilson. "It is a serious problem, so why shouldn't they inform the students? Because it's happening anyway. If the money is really going to help, I think they should leave the money in there."

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