Students Forced To Strip Naked With Male Professor And Perform Erotic Gesture By Candle Light

Ricardo Dominguez

For most students, there is nothing more stressful than a final exam.

But now imagine that to pass the exam, you have to be naked in a candlelit classroom. Not only in front of your whole class, but also in front of your professor. 

At the University of California, San Diego, this naked final exam is in fact a course requirement for a class in the visual arts department. 

But nudity isn't enough for the students of the upper-level course, as they must also perform 'a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your 'erotic self(s)', according to the course syllabus. 

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Professor Ricardo Dominguez has defended claims that the final exam is a 'perversion', saying that he has not received a single complaint in 11 years

Students on the upper-level course must perform 'a gesture that traces, outlines or speaks about your 'erotic self(s)', according to the course syllabus (photograph posed by models)

A disgusted mother has spoken out against the requirement on local ABC News affiliate, KGTV, after her daughter told her of the final exam. 

The mother insists that the requirement is not made clear at the start of the course, and called it a 'perversion'. 

She added that the exam - during which all the students and the male professor strip naked in a candlelit classroom - made her 'sick to her stomach'.

But professor Ricardo Dominguez insists that he has not had any complaints in the 11 years he has taught the course. 

'It's the standard canvas for performance art and body art,' Dominguez told local ABC News affiliate KGTV.

The University of California, San Diego, where students are told to strip naked for a final exam with the visual arts department 

A mother of one of the students has spoken out against the requirement, saying it makes her 'sick to her stomach'

'It is all very controlled... If they are uncomfortable with this gesture, they should not take the class.' 

According to the course description on the faculty website, students 'use autobiography, dream, confession, fantasy or other means to invent one's self in a new way, or to evoke the variety of selves in our imagination'.

It continues: 'The course experiments with an explores the rich possibilities available to the contemporary artist in his or her own persona'.  

But Dominguez is not a stranger to outrage.


Professor Dominguez insists nudity is a 'standard canvas for performance art and body art' (photograph posed by models)

He has previously been involved in a series of political projects, according to his biography on the department website, one of which saw him investigated by Congress.

The government-funded project - called the 'Transborder Immigrant Tool' - involved handing out mobile phones to prospective illegal immigrants, with instructions of how to cross the US-Mexico border.  

The aim of the project, according to Dominguez's website - was to use poetry to 'dissolve' the border. 

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