A Florida community college says it will no longer have ultrasound technician students practice an invasive vaginal procedure on each other. Two former students sued Valencia College in federal court earlier this month, claiming they were punished when they objected to undergoing the procedure. Valencia College’s president said in a statement Tuesday that students will use simulators when practicing the invasive ultrasound scanning.
President Sandy Shugart says an independent expert reviewed the program last summer after the students complained and concluded the procedure was done safely and professionally. The lawsuit says instructors told students the procedure was voluntary but those who refused were browbeaten and their academic standing was threatened. The procedure checks for fertility problems.