ORLANDO, Fla. — A college is responding to a lawsuit that might make some school administrators blush.
Two former Valencia College students are suing the school and three medical diagnostic instructors saying they had to endure internal vaginal probes or their grades would be at risk.
According to the federal lawsuit, two Valencia State College sophomores endured a transvaginal probe as part of their classroom training, WESH reports.
“When our clients went to orientation, these vaginal ultrasounds were positioned as voluntary. However, as time went on, it became clear that they were anything but,” Attorney Christopher Dillingham said.
The lawsuit alleges medical diagnostic students underwent vaginal exams by their classmates, including a male student, on a weekly basis to learn the procedure.
“I can only begin to image what type of psychological stress this had upon them,” Dillingham said.
Dillingham represents the two students who no longer attend the college. They are seeking unspecified damages for pain and suffering along with tuition reimbursement.
He doesn’t understand why they were forced to submit to invasive exams of their sexual organs when the college has anatomically correct simulators designed for students to practice on. The lawsuit states students were given real-world experience practicing the procedure on actual patients at Central Florida Hospital in a medical setting. Dillingham says when his clients complained, they were retaliated against.
“They were told they could go to another program or that their grades would be reduced and that they would be black listed within the medical community,” Dillingham says.
In a statement, the college told WESH the program was voluntary, professional and supervised by faculty in a controlled laboratory setting saying:
“The use of volunteers, including fellow students, for medical training is a nationally accepted practice. We continue to review this practice and others to ensure that they’re effective and appropriate for the learning environment.”