OK, maybe it’s not accurate to blame the whole state. But it made for a better intro.
Two medical diagnostic students are suing Orlando-based Valencia College for forcing students to submit to vaginal exams or risk having their grades lowered.
To be fair, this wasn’t some random “virginity test.” It was part of a peer physical examination, which is a widely accept practice. But the lawsuit contends that the exams went far beyond the norm.
“Valencia positioned these transvaginal probes as voluntary, but its actual policy and practice was that they were not,” the lawsuit states, adding that the mandatory exams took place in front of other students “without a modicum of privacy.”
“A student would place a condom over the probe and then apply generous amounts of lubrication to the probe,” the suit continues. “In some cases, the student would have to sexually ‘stimulate’ plaintiffs in order to facilitate inserting the probe into plaintiffs’ vaginas.”
Three female instructors were also named in the complaint, one of whom was allegedly nicknamed the “TransVag Queen.” A second instructor is alleged to have told a student undergoing an exam that she was “sexy” and should consider being an “escort girl.”
Valencia College public relations director Carol Traynor told CNN the school had not yet been served with the lawsuit, so she could not comment specifically about the case. But she did issue a general statement in regard to the program.
“The use of volunteers – including fellow students – for medical sonography training is a nationally accepted practice. Valencia College’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.”
After finishing the statement, Traynor chugged a fifth of Wild Turkey and then slammed her head into a wall (probably).