A college professor is facing backlash after instructing one of his students to drink what was thought to be urine in order to earn extra credit.
Jason Hansen teaches physiology and developmental biology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. During class, he gave an anonymous female student a vial of what he said was urine and told her to drink it in front of the class.
He then waited three days to reveal that what she drank was actually food coloring and diluted vinegar. Now, he’s under fire for the outlandish request after a student posted a video of the incident.
Hansen spoke with KSTU to defend his actions and upholds that the urine was fake, according to the Daily Mail.
“I asked a student if they were willing to try some of the fake urine. She agreed. I agreed that we would both try it. I have done this in the past with no complaints,” the professor said.
And it’s not the first time Hansen has done it as a way to teach students.
“Later, usually the next class, I tell them that it was fake. This is usually a fun way to teach this concept to the class and was not intended to offend anyone,” he told KSTU.
“After getting your email on Saturday, I did send a message to everyone letting them know that it was indeed fake.”
Brigham Young has not yet commented on the event. The Utah university is privately owned and directed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
“I think that's asking too much of students and it has nothing to do with how well we study or how well we actually know physiology,” says the student who recorded the incident.