UCSD Professor Ricardo Dominguez Makes Students Strip In Class

by Gabriella Hoffman

UC-San Diego professor Ricardo Dominguez is coming under fire for requiring his students to strip for a final exam.

Dominguez, an associate professor of visual arts at our alma mater, is being rightfully criticized for subjecting his students to partaking in erotic behavior. Dominguez has taught a course called Visual Arts 104A: Performing the Self for nearly 11 years. Additionally, he was hired by UCSD in 2005 and awarded tenure in 2009. According to the class syllabus, students are required to perform eight gestures including  “a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your ‘erotic self(s).’ ” One student’s mother – who wishes to remain anonymous – helped bring this class to light according to 10News:

“It bothers me, I’m not sending her to school for this,” said the woman by phone, who asked 10News not to reveal her name.

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“To blanket say you must be naked in order to pass my class… It makes me sick to my stomach.”

Dr. Jordan Crandall,  Chair of UCSD’s Visual Arts Department, issued the following statement about Dominguez’s class:

“The concerns of our students are our department’s first priority, and I’d like to offer some contextual information that will help answer questions regarding the pedagogy of VIS 104A.

“Removing your clothes is not required in this class.   The course is not required for graduation.

Read more at Counter Cultured

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