The University of Western Ontario in Canada is investigating what exactly took place in an incident in which a first-year female student performed a full striptease and lap dance for several males in a residence bedroom and how the graphic photos appeared online.
The incident is raising questions for the universities on how they can go in protecting students, particularly younger ones from themselves. But because the young woman performed willingly in the privacy of a residence room and no one filed a complaint, the school says it likely has no cause for discipline.
"We certainly regret this has happened. it's not something the university condones and we are very disappointed in these students, but ... what goes on between consenting adults in the privacy of their homes is considered to be their business", said Susan Grindrod, the university's vice-president of housing.
As soon as the raunchy images came to the attention of the administration, officials approached the young woman to ask if she had been forced to strip or tricked into being photographed without her knowledge. And she said she hadn't.
The university has a policy that forbids the circulation of "objectionable" material, with extreme cases leading to the student being asked to leave residence. But most universities warn parents that campus dorm supervisors will not serve as party police or morality monitors for their children, but will enter a student's room only if there is reason to believe a law is being broken or someone is in danger.
"We're not the alcohol police and we're not sex police, and I'm not sure we would want to be", said Grindrod. "And we recognize that many young people in first year may try out new things that can lead to errors in judgment. I'm not sure some of these misbehaviours haven't gone on in the past. It's just that today, the images can get sent around the world".
We've got our hands on the photos from the antics and you can see them below.