Lawsuit Alleges College Forced Students to Undergo Vaginal Probes

May 19, 2015

Two students have filed a federal lawsuit against Valencia College, a Florida community college, alleging that instructors forced them and other students to undergo vaginal probes as part of the process of teaching them to perform such procedures for ultrasounds and other purposes, The Orlando Sentinel reported. The suit alleges that those who complained were retaliated against.

The college declined to answer the specific points of the lawsuit but did release this statement: “The use of volunteers -- including fellow students -- for medical sonography training is a nationally accepted practice. Valencia’s sonography program has upheld the highest standards with respect to ultrasound scanning for educational purposes, including voluntary participation and professional supervision by faculty in a controlled laboratory setting. Nonetheless, we continue to review this practice and others to ensure that they are effective and appropriate for the learning environment.”

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