Two unnamed female students enrolled in Valencia College’s Medical Diagnostic Sonography program in 2013 are now suing the school for allegedly forcing them to undergo humiliating transvaginal ultrasounds as part of their sonography training.
The schools claims the procedure of inserting a vaginal probe into a woman’s vagina to check for reproductive issues is voluntary, but the students assert otherwise, saying they were threatened with lower grades and “blacklisted” from future employment if they refused to participate.
According to the lawsuit, Barbara Ball, the chair of Valencia State’s medical diagnostics sonography program, told the students to “find another school if they did not wish to be probed.”
The program is rife with concerns including a male student regularly probing the two female students, Ball calling one student “sexy” and should be an “escort girl” during a probing session and one student was nicknamed the “TransVag Queen.”
The practice required the students to get undressed in the bathroom, cover themselves with a towel and walk over to the sonography station as classmates and teachers watched.
“In some cases, the student would have to sexually ‘stimulate’ Plaintiffs in order to facilitate inserting the probe into Plaintiffs’ vaginas,” the suit claims. “Plaintiffs experienced discomfort and embarrassment each time they had to endure this forced probing of their sexual organs.”
The college has defended the training calling it a “nationally accepted practice” but has since ended it after being contacted by the students’ lawyers. The school has promised to investigate the matter.