UPDATE: Valencia College has abandoned this practice! Thank you to all the signers for supporting this important cause.
Target: U.S. District Court Judge Thomas B. Smith, Orlando Division
Goal: Hold Valencia College accountable for alleged invasive practices.
Valencia College in Florida is being sued by two students who say they were forced to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds as part of their coursework. The two students were studying medical diagnostics and were told that if they didn’t submit to these invasive procedures their grades would suffer and they wouldn’t be hired by employers once they graduated.
Although it is accepted and common in medical schools for students to volunteer as models for exams, these students say they were forced. This is unacceptable and the students deserve justice.
Dear Judge Smith,
In a recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Orlando, two women say they were forced to undergo invasive vaginal ultrasounds as part of their coursework at Valencia College. While practicing on volunteer students is accepted in the medical field, these students say they did not volunteer. They were allegedly told if they didn’t submit to these invasive procedures then their grades would suffer and they wouldn’t be employed after they graduated.
Forcing a person to do something they are not comfortable with is unacceptable. Valencia College must be held accountable. We the undersigned urge you to punish Valencia College if they are found to have been in the wrong.
[Your Name Here]
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