Oxford University heaped much criticism after two girl students simulated a sex act to bag the title of Fresher's Week President.
Flora Devlin and Jessica Marlborough nibbled on a banana placed near a male student's crotch while performing sit-ups.
The 18-year-olds competed in front of hundreds of students while they tried to finish the fruit first to win the election votes in the bar of Keble College.
While the sordid antics were slammed as "degrading" by critics, Rachel Cummings, the university students' union vice-president for women, added it could put off future learners from applying for the presidency.
"It's important hustings don't put anyone off from running. This task certainly has the potential to do so," the Sun quoted her as saying.
Meanwhile, another student said: "I think this could help stop shy types from running. Previous hustings have involved writing poems or singing a song. There's not really a precedent for this."
A university spokeswoman refused to make a statement.
The incident comes nearly a month after Cambridge University came under fire when its drunken girl students left Newnham College chiefs "horrified" as they were "snapped on their hands and knees using their mouths to roll condoms on bananas hanging from boys' trousers."