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Complaint: To Pass Class, College Instructor Required Students To Masturbate, Talk About Past Sexual Abuse

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (CBS Las Vegas) – Contributing to class discussions and working well in team settings are two pieces of criteria used to judge the performance of students. But not Tom Kubistant of Western Nevada College, who allegedly required students to masturbate in class and delve into their sexual fantasies in order to pass his “human sexuality” class.

Kubistant is at the heart of a federal complaint filed in U.S. District Court last month that has accused the college instructor of forcing his students to masturbate, as well as discussing fantasies and orgasms, telling students that they would be able to think of nothing but sex, according to the federal complaint.

The 18-page complaint, which was filed by Karen Royce, a 60-year-old former Western Nevada College student, on June 25, details how Kubistant “announced to the entire class they must masturbate if they intended to pass the class.” For the final term paper, Kubistant required students to write on a myriad of personal sexual experiences, including the first time they lost their virginity, any specific instances of abuse, and their masturbation routine and habits, according to the complaint.

The complaint also included an account of Kubistant allegedly locking the classroom door as he played a 90-minute porn movie that showed women “engaging in sex and having an orgasm.”

Royce, a former student of Kubistant’s class with a past sexual abuse incident, was terrified of some of the assignments her instructor would assign to the class. The school has defended Kubistant, saying that the lack of evidence in the case makes administrators question the validity of what has been presented in the complaint.

“The investigator found no evidence to support the student’s complaint of sexual harassment,” Western Nevada College spokeswoman Anne Hansen said in a public statement on the matter. “In fact, the investigator found that the instructor was considered to be an excellent and caring professor, who, with the exception of that one student, appeared to be universally admired by other students who had taken the course.”

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