A University of California, San Diego art professor is in hot water after details of his final exam, which requires students to strip and pose nude, have gone public.
A concerned mother contacted KGTV after learning her daughter was forced to strip down in front of her classmates and male professor and pose naked for her final exam in order to pass the upper-level visual arts course.
While posing nude, the students were asked to perform "a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your 'erotic self(s)," as outlined in the syllabus. The mother insists the test is “a perversion.”
It's a difficult controversy to navigate. On one hand, nudity and art often go hand in hand, and the course isn't a requirement. On the other hand, students shouldn't be forced to do things they're uncomfortable with in order to earn passing grades. And there's certainly no reason a professor should ever be naked in front of his or her students.
This professor, however, sees no problem with his final exam.
The professor of the course, Ricardo Dominguez, insists,
[Nudity is] the standard canvas for performance art and body art. It's all very controlled…. if they are uncomfortable with this gesture, they should not take the class.”
He adds he's conducted the same final project for 11 years, and this is the first complaint he's ever received.
A glance at his website shows Dominguez is no stranger to controversy. In the past, he helped illegal immigrants cross the US-Mexico border for a political art project. As a result, he was investigated by Congress.
Watch the news segment up top for more on the scandalous final exam.