The president of James Madison University is defending Sexfest 2003, a one-day campus program that was intended to promote safe sex and other issues.
The Harrisonburg school released a statement Monday responding to Prince William County Republican Robert Marshall, who criticized the program and the school for holding it.
Marshall says condoms and pamphlets were distributed at the conference, but said abstinence was not promoted as an alternative.
JMU president Linwood Rose says in the statement that materials on abstinence were available, and applauded the student groups that put together the program.
He says the students chose the provocative title Sexfest to attract attention to the event, which he describes as a health education program about sexual responsibility.
Rose says that it, "would be naive" to think college students don't drink or have sex outside marriage, and says it's important that students be, "fully educated."