Students Say They Were Punished For Refusing Invasive Vaginal Exams At Orlando College

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Two former students in a community college ultrasound program say they were punished for objecting to a policy that encouraged students to undergo an invasive vaginal procedure to become better technicians.

The two unnamed female students filed a lawsuit last week against Valencia State College in Orlando. They say their civil rights were violated under the First and Fourth amendments.

The students say they were told that faculty members believe students should undergo the procedure to become better sonography technicians.

The lawsuit says that instructors told them the procedure was voluntary but that students who refused were browbeaten and their academic standing was threatened.

In the procedure, a probe is inserted into the patient’s vagina.

A school spokeswoman said Tuesday that the program upholds the highest standards for sonography training.

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