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Does this classify as harassment or sexual harassment?

Kansas City, MO |

I am a female in nursing school. During the beginning of class, after an exam, our instructor comes in and begins to tell the class how she "has females balls" (vaginal swelling) from a reaction from latex condoms from having rough sex with her partner the night before. All of the classmates are females but i feel as though this is offensive and unnecessary. A few weeks pass by and she comes in the student break room while we are on break and proceeds to discuss how she has "balls again" and doesnt want to call her doctor and how sore her vagina is. I filed a report with the school and nothing has happened. what should i do, i feel as though the school should be responsible for this, and i feel awkward around this instructor, i believe she is married. private college with fed funding .

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This should be discussed with a lawyer well-versed in sexual harassment and school law. Yes, it certainly smacks of inappropriate behavior for a professor. As an attorney I always caution students about the "real world" ramifications of filing formal complaints against professors. In some cases it is necessary. I do not know if it is here. If it were me I would ignore the inappropriate comments and wait until I was through and out of her classes because I would not want to get "black-balled" by her or other professors. This is a situation that you should speak to an attorney about in the privacy of their office. Every profession has idiots- doctors, lawyers, nurses, etc.

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Your best recourse would probably be with the school. If you have filed a report, you could follow up on it but I agree with the suggestion that you might want to wait until the end of the semester.

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