‘Perverted’ Professor at UC San Diego Mandates Students Take Final ‘Naked’ or Fail Class

USCD Credit Alex HansenSAN DIEGO, Calif. — A visual arts professor at the University of California San Diego (USCD) has been requiring students to take the final exam “naked” for the past 11 years, causing one mother to take a stand and speak out against the “perversion.”

“Create a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your ‘erotic self(s),'” the assignment reads in the course syllabus taught by professor Roberto Dominguez.

According to reports, students are required to be naked for the exam, whether physically or “emotionally,” and Dominguez himself comes to the final in the nude. Amanda Fitzmorris, chair of the College Republicans at UCSD, told reporters on Tuesday that only one student in the past decade has ever opted to be “emotionally naked.”

“It bothers me. I’m not sending her to school for this,” one distraught mother who opted to be anonymous told local television station KGTV. “How terrible. … This is just wrong.”

“To blanketly say you must be naked in order to pass my class, it makes me sick to my stomach,” she said. “There’s a perversion going on here. Shame on him and shame on the university.”

Dominguez defended the requirement to the outlet, explaining that the classes include a variety of “gestures,” with the final one being about the “erotic self.” Approximately 20 students arrive unclothed and sit in a darkened room lit only by candlelight.

“At the very end of the class—we’ve done several gestures—they have to nude gesture,” he explained. “The prompt is to speak about or do a gesture or create an installation that says, ‘What is more you than you are.'”

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“It’s the standard canvas for performance art and body art,” Dominguez continued. “It is all very controlled.”

The professor asserted that if students are “uncomfortable with this gesture, they should not take the class.” Students are required to be present in every class.

But the anonymous mother said that her daughter knew nothing of the requirement and that it was never discussed until the end.

Chair of the Visual Arts Department, Dr. Jordan Crandall, likewise defended the class in a statement, noting that students have other ways to be “naked” to fulfill the assignment.

“Removing your clothing is not required in this class,” he said. “There are many ways to perform nudity or nakedness, summoning art history conventions of the nude or laying bare of one’s ‘traumatic’ or most fragile and vulnable self. One can ‘be’ nude while being covered.”

Dominguez says that he has never had a complaint about the class until now.

Photo: Alex Hansen


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  • bowie1

    It seems more and more looney tunes are coming out of the woodwork all the time. This is not exactly a life drawing class where the model chooses to pose in the nude and is paid for it.

  • Peter Leh

    seems to me, if you are going to be using a nude subject it would make you a better artist to understand what your subject is going through?

    • amostpolitedebate

      I suspect that’s part of what’s going on as well. The very fact that the school has allowed this class to continue over time tells me that this is probably not as scandalous as the story would imply.

  • FoJC_Forever

    So this professor gets the opportunity to see young men and women in the buff. Most certainly lustful and perverted, but this is merely the norm in US culture now. In fact, as bad as this is, it is nominal compared to what young people are comfortable with when it comes to nudity.

    • Peter Leh

      are you projecting what YOU would be or are presently doing? You don’t know the mind of the professor.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Good. So there’s no problem with it, then?

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Just another pedophile professor. Wait until after next month: “If you feel uncomfortable seeing men having sex with men in the classroom, don’t take my class.”

      • HBH

        Pedophile? Do you even know what that word means? Remember that this is a university, not an elementary school.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          I’m talking extra-curriculars here: if he does this in his classroom, what you you think he does in the dark hours of the night? Study his Bible? 🙂 I like your cat, BTW.

    • HBH

      Nudity doesn’t always have to be sexual.

      • FoJC_Forever

        I laughed, but I won’t just type an “LOL” to your statement.

        God clothed us for a reason, and we should keep our clothes on in public.

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          Are you engaging with the New Absurdists tonight, FoJC_Forever? Try not to take a drink of anything when you open your email responses from them: new monitors are expensive. 🙂

          • FoJC_Forever

            We get email from the responses?

            I’ll have to look!

            Looked. Didn’t get any. I must not have that option ticked… which is fine.

          • WorldGoneCrazy

            When people respond to you, their responses don’t show up in your email? Are you signed up through Disqus?

          • FoJC_Forever

            I am, but I don’t want my email cluttered. I can come here and see the responses.

        • Paul Hiett

          Don’t ever go to Times Square, you’d be hiding in a trashcan.

  • O’Shen Robinson

    They don’t want bibles in schools but they will have this.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      I don’t see the contradiction.

      • O’Shen Robinson

        Having Bibles in schools are too offensive but naked teachers and naked teachers are not. Just sit back and observe and you will see a nation trying excommunicate the name of Jesus.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Cite, please, for a college professor fired for praying with students.

          And stop saying “offensive.” The issue is not “offensive” or “inoffensive.” It’s whether an action is constitutional. We have constitutional provisions preventing state actors from establishing a religion. We do not have any constitutional provisions about nudity.

          • O’Shen Robinson

            You asked for the contradiction and I provided it. Bye.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Hi. No, you didn’t. You got mad about something you can’t prove is even happening.

          • stringman

            No, the Constitution says “Congress shall make no law….” with regard to religion, either for or against. Where do you see an other Constitutional admonition on the matter? Cities and states have laws against public nudity.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Abington v. Schempp, Engel v. Vitale, Santa Fe v. Doe, the list goes on and on.

          • stringman

            Those are leftist court rulings making a mockery of the true intent if the founding documents. The Constitution clearly says that “Congress shall make no law. ..”. It says nothing else about religion. Any ruling other than that is totalitarian attempt to remove religion from the public square. And even Congress starts each session with a prayer. Perhaps you believe that should be banned as well.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I do, but that’s beside the point.

            Those “leftist court rulings” are law, like it or not. They interpret the Constitution. It’s irrelevant that the interpretations disagree with yours, because theirs are law and yours are not.

          • stringman

            That is exactly the point. Mandating law from the bench makes us a country of ‘men, not laws’. The exact reverse of what was intended. The Constitution is supposed to be the supreme law of the land, not unelected judges. Making the Constitution something that it is not turns it into shite. But, you (and the other lefties) don’t seem to have a problem with that. You are perfectly fine with bringing back the Royal System, apparently.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            The Constitution IS the supreme law of the land. It’s just that it’s not always clear what the Constitution said on certain things, so we need judges to interpret it. Who else should interpret it?

          • Kena

            No, the U.S. Constitution is NOT the supreme law of the land. It is the Supreme law which is intended to both empower and constrain the Federal Government and in some cases the States and the people, period. The main purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to govern the Federal Government so that they do not trample on the rights of or oppress the citizens. For the most part we are to self govern.

            All things not empowered to the Federal Government are passed on to the powers of the people and their relative states.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Okay, and your point is?

          • Kena

            I think my point is pretty plain, the SCOTUS must recuse themselves if they are truly just. This is not a federal problem but belongs to the people and the states.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Since when? The case is being brought on 14th Amendment grounds.

          • Kena

            This is not a 14th Amendment issue, the issue belongs to the people and the states. Wicked people are attempting to wrest the rights away from the people and the states because it is to their advantage. God is watching closely and will judge accordingly.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            What? The issues before the court are the following:

            “1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage
            between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment
            require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same
            sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed
            out-of-state?”

            Tell me again how this is not a 14th Amendment issue?

          • Kena

            Nope, should not be in federal court, period.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Why not? What is the standard for getting something into federal court? Since you know so much more law than I do.

          • Kena

            That’s what I’m talking about. What is and what should be are very distant.

            Our current legal system does not serve true justice. At best it will from time to time serve the laws of the land but mostly it is used to vindicate and serve the judges, lawyers and their friends and those who pay.

            This current system does not know what true justice is.

          • Kena

            Is it safe to assume from your name that you are a lawyer?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Yes, I’m a lawyer. And?

          • Kena

            Then there is an extremely high probability that you have a very twisted sense of justice.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Yeah, darn those law schools, teaching their law and stuff.

            Who knows law better than lawyers, pray tell?

          • kamunrah

            any human being with a clean conscience. Lawyers are the last people i would go for justice.

          • Kena

            loopholes?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I don’t know what that means. Nor does it matter whether I am or not, because I only argue from the premise of the law as it is.

            You and stringman, however, seem to enjoy arguing some other system of law that you like better, because reality doesn’t suit you.

          • kamunrah

            it means you are a professional LIAR, are you stupid or pretending?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            That’s a pretty serious accusation you’re leveling at me. Do you have any proof to back it up?

          • Kena

            Ever hear of an unjust law?

          • stringman

            Good point. All powers not specifically addressed to the federal government are retained by the states. However, most states have designed their Constitutions using the federal Constitution as the model. The people have spoken.

          • Kena

            Agreed, in part alt least. I think in some cases the US Constitution used some of the state’s Constitutions as a model.

          • stringman

            Very good point! It’s the memory that goes first! Next week I turn 61. I have, on my study wall, a replica of The Proclamation of the Freeman of Maryland. It does predate the US Constitution and some of the language is nearly identical. One my ancestors (with same last name) is a signatory.

          • Kena

            Awesome! Wish I could say the same.

          • stringman

            Thanks. Interestingly, many have seen this hanging on the wall. Few have realized the significance of the document. The crowd I hang with is remarkably uninquisitive, I guess. It’s really kinda sad, I think.

          • stringman

            That is the way the system is set up. However, when courts and judges make such ridiculous rulings, the people should overwhelming reject it and, such judges should be impeached as necessary. Thomas Jefferson himself said that the tree of liberty must occasionally be watered with the blood of patriots. Pehaps, you think that time will not come.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            OK, who decides when a ruling is “ridiculous?” And what would it entail for people to “reject” the ruling?

          • stringman

            As I said, impeachment. Any clear-thinking person can see that ruling goes against the intent of the Constitution. Words have meanings. New judges, new rulings. Back to step one. If it is an appointed judge, impeach the appointer. The people have remedies.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Yes, I get what you’d like to do. You can stop saying it.

            Now, who gets to make that call? Who decides when a ruling is “ridiculous?” Why does that person have such power?

          • stringman

            I could turn that argument right around. Why should a Supreme Court Justice have such unrestrained power (to alter the intent of the Constitution) just on the vote of one man (POTUS)? And, I believe that congress would be the body that would have to bring impeachment proceedings in such a case. Likewise, legislatures in individual state cases. It is enough, for this forum, that we had this discussion. I brought my case. You brought yours. Anyone that reads this can make up their own mind. The fact that Americans don’t apply enough pressure on their representatives to bring these proceedings is open to interpretation. But, it may mean the end of the American experiment in freedom, never the less.

          • Kena

            Court rulings are not necessarily law, they are the interpretation of the law. Bad interpretation is not law. The courts do NOT make law, they interpret.

          • Kena

            blah, blah, blah. lol

        • HBH

          A lot of public universities pray at their graduation. They get around angering non Christians by not naming the deity they are praying too. As for athiests for all they know, they are praying to the flying spaghetti monster. Everyone is happy.

          • O’Shen Robinson

            About not naming the deity, check out the last sentence on my last post, that’s all I’m saying. Bye

    • Bry

      A convict in prison showed his bible and said if they had Bibles in schools maybe they wouldn’t be needed in there…..

      • O’Shen Robinson

        That’s right, our generation is lost and has a low sense of morality. If we kept Bibles and prayer in school we would have a better sense of direction and higher morality.

        • Deina

          “…our generation is lost and has a low sense of morality”

          And there hasn’t been a single generation who hasn’t said the very same thing since Adam & Eve!

          • O’Shen Robinson

            Ecclesiastes 1:9
            The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

            Bye.

          • Paul Hiett

            As if “scripture” somehow settles a debate. That’s cute.

          • jmichael39

            yeah, you NEVER mock Christians…never Paul.

      • HBH

        Probably the fact his parents didn’t give an F is why he is in there.

    • HBH

      Separation of Church and State. Go to a private school if you want your teacher to read the bible to you. Otherwise, just bring your own bible and read it on your own time.

      • http://www.evolutionvsgod.com/ Rich

        But perversion is fine?

        • HBH

          My A&P book in college included photos of two real people who were full nude in the name of science. I did not sense perversion from that. Is nudity itself perversion?

          • lorac odraned

            In public yes. It’s sheer stupidy. None of the students should have shown up for the finals.

          • Paul Hiett

            Ah yes, people being ashamed of their bodies. Another awesome gift religion has given to man…”shame”.

          • Kena

            Yeah well I think you misunderstand the shame thing. We are not ashamed of our bodies at all. In fact I very much enjoy sharing my body with my wife. However it is a shame to share our nakedness with those to whom we are not committed to in marriage. Would you be comfortable if your mom, dad and yourself as well as your siblings all sat on the couch together watching a movie completely naked?

            nakey with wifey = fun
            nakey with others = shame and guilt.
            Easy enough to understand I hope.

          • kamunrah

            maybe you should show your kid to others naked, pervert see if there is anything to be embarrassed about that sicko.

          • kamunrah

            nudity in the presence of others IS MORON

      • Kena

        What law says “separation of Church and state” please?

  • Faith Ukwuomah

    Honestly, I would never ever send my own children to such a perverse university

    • Ambulance Chaser

      No one is asking you to.

    • amostpolitedebate

      I doubt it’s actually all that perverse. Were the professor actually DOING anything bedsides acting as a model I’m sure the story would have mentioned it. This just seems like a fun way to teach students anatomy (which pretty much ALL art programs do via nude models or volunteers) and how to draw the human form under certain lighting conditions (candlelight).

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      Good for you, Faith! Stand strong and God bless!

  • Maria Wilson

    this liberals are even worse then ISIS ,wake up America if we do not do anything about this now you won’t be able to save yourselves later .

    • Paul Hiett

      If you honestly think this guy is “worse than ISIS”, you have your head in the sand.

    • Lark62

      What!? A voluntary class offered to 20 people per year that has a weird requirement in which no one is harmed, and you can seriously compare that to the murder of thousands of innocent people?

      Where is your humanity? And they say it is atheists who have no morality….

    • D.Kermott

      I understand your sentiment. ISIS isn’t an immediate threat as the progressive communist liberals are who will not be happy until any morality is evil and considered hate speech. POTUS seems to think that global warming is worse than ISIS. Maybe our POTUS has his head in the sand?

    • amostpolitedebate

      Being naked in a classroom setting is worse than setting people on fire and videotaping them as they burn alive. Got it.

  • D.Kermott

    I was wondering what the Liberal Trolls would say about this one. I wasn’t disappointed. They’re as loony as the prof. I wonder if they get paid to troll in enemy territory or if they’re really so starved for attention they come here and post their drivel.

    • amostpolitedebate

      I do this for ten Sorosbux an hour. Payable after coming socialist revolution, of course.

  • amostpolitedebate

    “Art student shocked at having to draw naked people for life drawing class. Details at 11!”

    I’m not really seeing the controversy here. The nudity was optional and nobody had to actually do anything explicit. It sounds like the whole thing is much more controlled than the article lets on.

    Actually now that I think about it it sounds like a pretty sweet art course.

    • HBH

      I’ll judge this professor once I have more than half the story.

  • Bry

    The entire thing is stupid, boycott the class and the teacher goes away, seems simple to me.

  • Jeff

    Want to get nude in front of teens? Just get a job at University of California San Diego, mandate the attendance of the teens lest they fail, then show up naked and say “if students are uncomfortable with this gesture, they should not take the class.”

    Sick twisted pedophiles pass for “professors” and universities defend them.

    • HBH

      Is he a pedophile? College age students are 18 and up

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        If he goes naked in public in his class, what do you think the pervert does when no one’s watching – study his Bible?!? He is probably hanging out at the playgrounds if you get my drift.

      • Jeff

        At least you unwittingly admit it would be pedophilia if they were 17. You’re halfway there.

  • G Smith

    Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.

  • http://www.google.com/ Jan van Niekerk

    Does this fine institution offer an elective in prostitution?

  • murphy

    I am a christian, and while it is a shame that we can’t bring or discuss Jesus, the REASON for our existence, is a shame, I see nothing wrong with this…there is VISUAL ART..there are classes like this all over the country… Nothing wrong with doing visual art on the body..she didn’t have to be nude.. The instructions were clearly she had a choice..she secretly chose that and now wants to back out of it because of cold feet, under the guise vof “not knowing”…she did know, I’m sure other students told her about it..she took it upon herself, possibly because she needed the credit..it has always went on and she knee it , and now trying to get out of it..I agree totally with the school and professor…

    • Deina

      I suspect that the girl knew all along what the class was about – the prof has been doing the same thing for 11 years! Normally the requirements to pass the class are clearly listed in the syllabus.

      I have a feeling the girls “lack of knowledge” came about when she unintentionally mentioned something about it to Mommy Dearest.

      • Paul Hiett

        Bingo.

    • HBH

      Ya, what stuck out to me was the fact she claimed she didn’t know about the nudity involved in this class. How is that not known across the campus, let alone not discussed in the class? I bet her parents are the angry ones, and she is just playing ignorant to keep receiving tuition from mommy and daddy.

  • HBH

    Just go “emotionally naked” whatever that means and be done with it. Surely someone college aged has witnessed a naked person before. Take certain art classes and you’ll have to paint a naked person.

  • http://www.evolutionvsgod.com/ Rich

    Why are we searching for ‘erotic self(s)’? We should be examining our sinful self(s).

  • http://www.evolutionvsgod.com/ Rich

    Such perversion. People need to wake up and see nothing is just about letting a few people have gay weddings, but to bend everything that has kept society together. People are driven by their flesh, doing things that would even shame their grandparents.

    • HBH

      I’m not seeing at all how this has anything to do with gay marriage, nor do I see anythin sexual about this. I shower nude in the morning, does that make me a perverted sinner? Should I wear shorts and a t-shirt? I suppose sex with my wife should only be for procreation as well? Surely It would bring shame to my family if it were known that I sometimes have sex with her for fun.

  • Tim

    This class sounds like a nudist colony with a teacher leading the party. There are better places such as the beach to have a nuddy bar, but at a school? I can bet that after class there will be plenty of streakers right? I wonder how many students carry their picture phones in for a quick pic. I’m sure then they can brag about the chick with the biggest basoomba’s lol. Oh wait that wouldn’t happen. Maybe the teacher needs to bare his own traumatic or most fragile self.
    “There are many ways to perform nudity or nakedness, summoning art history conventions of the nude or laying bare of one’s ‘traumatic’ or most fragile and vulnable self. One can ‘be’ nude while being covered.”

    “Approximately 20 students arrive unclothed and sit in a darkened room lit only by candlelight.” How romantic!!!!!

    LOL, sometimes it’s difficult to understand what some of these teachers want to teach our kids. In this case it must be “share the wealth” lol. (I think if my Granddaughter was subjected to this, that teachers would be getting a new nose soon)

  • Kena

    Not to worry, the Muslims will take care of these things soon enough. If we cannot judge such things as unacceptable by our own governors God will send in others to judge accordingly.

    Too bad…

  • Kena

    Would you be comfortable if your mom, dad and yourself as well as your
    siblings all sat on the couch together watching a movie completely
    naked?

    This professor needs to be put out of the land. Revoke his citizenship, permanently and put him on the next military flight to Baghdad. He can apply for a visa or passport from them if he wishes.

  • kamunrah

    For all the LIBTURDS:
    – keep on point-debate nudity in schools, not religion. FOCUS.
    According to some of you there’s nothing to be ashamed of being nude right?
    If it happens in classroom, why not in public?
    Will you promise that male teachers will erase every nude underage body he has watched in his quality as a “professor”?
    Do you mean to tell me that these “professors” or pedophiles are pure and innocent and go home think of anything else other what they saw?
    After asking the students to “describe an erotic motion”
    Did they just ask their students to mimic sexual acts?
    Ain’t that a crime?
    WHO CARES IF IT IS DONE IN A SCHOOL

  • NCOriolesFan

    Hmm, taking exams ‘naked’ but crying about privacy invasion with clothed body scans at the local airport. Privacy hypocrisy I say.