Human sexuality students at Western Nevada College are required to masturbate, keep sex journals and write a term paper on their sexual histories, according to a federal lawsuit filed by a former student.
Karen Royce, charged the professor, Tom Kubistant, ignored her complaints that the class assignments invaded her privacy and amounted to sexual harassment.
“I raised my hand and said, “I don’t masturbate,” Royce told KRNV. “He said I had to do it at least three times in order to get a grade in the class.”
On the first day of class, Kubistant allegedly told students that he would “increase their sexual urges to such a height that they won’t be able to think about anything other than sex.”
Although the class included high-schoolers taking the course for college credit, Kubistant told students to list different types of sex and sexual positions, read the lists aloud and told students to turn in three 250-word journal entries on their sexual thoughts, Royce told ABC News.
Kubistant also introduced the final exam term paper, called “A Sexual Case Study … You!” in which students would be required to describe their sexual exploration, any sexual-abuse they had experienced, losing their virginity, cheating, arousal, climaxes and fetishes, to name a few of the assignment points.
Royce complained to the instructor and then to school authorities. “The investigator found no evidence to support the student’s complaint of sexual harassment,” (spokeswoman Anne) Hansen told ABC. “In fact, the investigator found that the instructor was considered to be an excellent and caring professor, who, with the exception of that one student, appeared to be universally admired by other students who had taken the course.”
Royce, who’d returned to college to pursue a career as a social worker, believed the human sexuality course would help her professionally. She dropped the class after four sessions.