Student Who Filed Complaint Speaks Out

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Updated: 11/09/2011 7:28 pm
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Reno, NV-- (KRNV and www.mynews4.com)-- The woman who filed a formal complaint with Western Nevada College regarding the required coursework in a Human Sexuality class says she was shocked at what she was asked to do in order to pass the class.

Karen Royce, 60, says she expected to learn about gender roles in society, sex in different cultures, and how sex is portrayed in the media when she signed up for the class that fulfilled a requirement for her degree in social work. Instead, she says, Prof. Tom Kubistant told students to hand in a 14-page term paper detailing any rape or sexual abuse in their backgrounds, orgasms, impotence, "lubrication challenges" and more. Students were asked to provide graphic information about their sexual experiences and self-stimulation. Royce says he required students to double the number of times they masturbate each week and keep a journal, which they had to submit to Kubistant.

"I raised my hand and said, "I don't masturbate," Royce said. "He said I had to do it at least three times in order to get a grade in the class."

Other students have challenged Royce's statements, saying any student who was uncomfortable with the class requirements was allowed to turn in alternative papers and that no one was forced to take part in any class exercises that they opposed. Royce says she was never offered that option, and instead felt "humiliated" by her treatment in the class. But she also admits that on the first day of class, when students were asked to sign waivers by the teacher, she signed hers without reading it.

Royce says she worries that the personal information shared by students in the papers could end up on the internet, and accuses Kubistant of "exploiting" students.

She has filed a complaint with the school. Officials say an independent investigator determined that the allegations were unfounded. She has also filed a complaint with the US Department of Education's Civil Rights Division.
She said she attended four sessions of the class before withdrawing.
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Nimue54 - 12/1/2011 1:55 AM
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And on the subject at hand...sounds to me like Ms. Royce just misunderstood the "assignments." The waiver doesn't really have anything to do with her allegations and I seriously doubt that the instructor "wanted" (as she says) to know about her personal sexual experiences. I have had classes at WNC that required keeping a journal, but the content wasn't graded, just the fact that I was writing in them was graded. Ms. Royce is taking it all too personal, she needs to learn how to stay objective, not form personal opinions on the subject matter, especially if she is to work in social services. This doesn't mean that she has to divulge any personal experiences or not have opinions, just means she needs to keep them to herself and not be so critical.

Nimue54 - 12/1/2011 1:32 AM
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I looked at that "cat" several times in comparison to the trees in the background, and don't see how it can be a house cat! Look at it's size compared to that downed tree trunk! LOL (or maybe that tree is just a small branch, "trick photography?"

nubgnngs42 - 11/12/2011 9:34 AM
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From the terrain it looks like this is another Decline Villager that the thin air has "clouded" their thinking. Or just NEEDED her 15 minutes of fame? This country is to worried about being "PC" that it's become a country of splineless, lawyer up, people. "I'm offended" so lets sue everyone. No personal responsibility for what you've done and blame it on everyone else. "I didn't read the waiver" is a clear example of total lack of ADULT RESPONSIBILITY!

nreno - 11/11/2011 10:22 AM
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You guys have a keen eye! I thought it was a mountain lion, too but after watching it a couple of times you will see i is just forced perspective of a very large orange domestic cat wandering around the property. Watch again, you'll see. I worked with Mountain Lions at the zoo and this is definitely not one.

DMcGifford - 11/10/2011 11:11 PM
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I took this class 2 summers ago, I was 52. I had no problems doing the journals, term paper, or doing the "homework." I'm an adult...just as is every other student who takes the class is. I have a hard time believing Dr. Kubistant got "angry" with or "threatened" a student regarding the course curriculum. There is no student exploitation going on. The class has benefited every student with an open mind whose taken it. I, myself would happily take the class over again, as I cheated myself of the full benefit of it by taking it during the summer. I believe understanding human sexuality entails embracing and understanding one's own sexual psyche. Doing the journals, term paper and inclass discussions do that. I don't feel there is or was any misrepresentation of the class contents, or the instructor's conduct. In my opinion, Dr. Kubistnat is a caring, honorable professional and a man of high integrity.

momnstudent - 11/10/2011 9:45 PM
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More then 300 students of all ages and years of this class being taught and ONLY ONE person feels this way.. hmm..

standup4ethics - 11/10/2011 9:32 PM
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Thank You momnstudent for validating that this class is nothing compared to other human sexuality classes at the university level. You are certainly right on by that statement. No other universities would allow this exploitation of their students.

momnstudent - 11/10/2011 9:08 PM
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Ok miss standup4ethics, trying to sound smart with your legal talk isnt quite working, as a daughter of a lawyer and a wife of a police officer i know a thing or two about these things. He in no way violated your civil rights or ethics, ive been in this class and know first hand. You people want to throw the book at him by hearing a one sided story from a pathetic 60 year old lady who couldnt read a waiver or understand what types of conduct would be in a human sexuality class. After my masters degree i continue to take continuing education classses and this class is nothing compared to other human relations and human sexuality classes at the university level! So miss standup4ethics while you sit back and try to collect an easy payment by your false accusations ill go back to my well paying job and education that i worked for!

momnstudent - 11/10/2011 8:58 PM
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Ok miss standup4ethics, trying to sound smart with your legal talk isnt quite working, as a daughter of a lawyer and a wife of a police officer i know a thing or two about these things. He in no way violated your civil rights or ethics, ive been in this class and know first hand. You people want to throw the book at him by hearing a one sided story from a pathetic 60 year old lady who couldnt read a waiver or understand what types of conduct would be in a human sexuality class. After my masters degree i continue to take continuing education classses and this class is nothing compared to other human relations and human sexuality classes at the university level! So miss standup4ethics while you sit back and try to collect an easy payment by your false accusations ill go back to my well paying job and education that i worked for!

momnstudent - 11/10/2011 8:56 PM
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Ok miss standup4ethics, trying to sound smart with your legal talk isnt quite working, as a daughter of a lawyer and a wife of a police officer i know a thing or two about these things. He in no way violated your civil rights or ethics, ive been in this class and know first hand. You people want to throw the book at him by hearing a one sided story from a pathetic 60 year old lady who couldnt read a waiver or understand what types of conduct would be in a human sexuality class. After my masters degree i continue to take continuing education classses and this class is nothing compared to other human relations and human sexuality classes at the university level! So miss standup4ethics while you sit back and try to collect an easy payment by your false accusations ill go back to my well paying job and education that i worked for!
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