Female student, 60, sues college professor after sexuality course required them to ‘masturbate, document sexual abuse, fetishes and promiscuity to pass’

A woman taking a human sexuality course has  filed a lawsuit claiming she was required to masturbate, keep detailed sex  journals, reveal her fetishes and if she had been sexually abused – or she would  not pass the class.

Karen Royce, 60, who took the class in  Western Nevada College filed the suit on June 25 against class instructor Tom  Kubistant,  department chairman Robert Morin and college president Carol  Lucey.

She claimed the class assignments were invasive and constituted sexual harassment.

According to ABC,her lawyer Ken McKenna said: ‘Not only  was she shocked by the assignments  [and] the personal inquiries, but she  herself had been a victim of  sexual abuse.

‘One of his requests was that people  put in  writing if they’d had sexual-abuse experiences. How the  authorities for this  college could allow this man to conduct his class  in this fashion and in effect  say that’s OK with us is so outrageous  it’s beyond belief.’

Ms Royce took the class because she wanted to  pursue a career in social work and believed the course would help her to ‘gain  knowledge as to psychological theories  of human sexuality,’ which she believed  were ‘pertinent and necessary in excelling as a social worker’, according to the  suit.

She said she was not made aware that such  intimate details about her own sex life would have to be revealed in order to  pass the class.

Students did have to sign a waiver however  which acknowledged the course’s graphic content.

Ms Royce said Mr Kubistant required students to double the number of  times they masturbate each week and keep a journal, which they had to submit to  him.

She told KRNV: ‘I  raised my hand and said, “I don’t masturbate”. He said I had to do it at least  three times in order to get a grade in the class.’

'Victim': Karen Royce filed the lawsuit claiming what she was asked to do in the course was tantamount to sexual harassment

‘Victim’: Karen Royce filed the lawsuit claiming what  she was asked to do in the course was tantamount to sexual harassment

The lawsuit also states that Mr Kubistant  locked the door once the class started which he claimed was to bar  latecomers.

He then asked the students to compile lists  about different types of  sex and sexual positions, which he read aloud to the  class before assigning homework – three 250-word journal entries detailing each  student’s sexual thoughts.

‘I raised my hand and said, “I don’t masturbate”. He said I had to do it  at least  three times in order to get a grade in the class’

He also told them about the final exam paper,  which would be called A Sexual Case Study…You! in which they would have to  describe aspects of their sex lives, sexual exploration, sexual abuse they  experienced, promiscuity, masturbation and fetishes.

Ms Royce is believed to have tried to address  her concerns with Mr Kubistant but they were ignored, according to the lawsuit.  This was when she turned to school authorities.

Spokeswoman for Western Nevada College Anne  Hansen told ABC that after reviewing the syllabus and interviewing students an  investigator ‘found no evidence to support the student’s  complaint of sexual  harassment.

‘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.’

Ms Royce dropped the course after four  classes. After the Office of Civil Rights said they would not be pursuing the  allegations any further, she decided to file the federal lawsuit.

Mr Kubistant did not reply to requests for  comment. He continues to teach at the college.

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