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A University of California San Diego visual arts class requires students to perform naked as part of its final exam, a mandate that has one mother of a female student in the class furious, ABC KGTV-News reports.

The class, “Performing for the Self,” is made up of a series of “gestures,” and the final gesture – called “Erotic Self” – consists of the students and their male professor getting naked in a room lit only by candlelight, ABC News reported – adding that students have to be nude to pass the final.

The professor, Ricardo Dominguez, told the news outlet that the exam is “all very controlled,” and added students know what is expected, that if they are uncomfortable with the final “gesture” they should not take the class.

The mother, who asked to remain anonymous, told ABC she is outraged by the assignment. “There is a perversion going on here,” she said. “Shame on him and shame on the university.”

“It bothers me. I’m not sending her to school for this,” added the mother, who sounds like she was holding back tears. “How terrible. This sucks. This is just wrong. And to blanketly say, ‘You must be naked in order to pass my class,’ it makes me sick to my stomach.'”

But the professor alleges he’s taught the class that way for 11 years with no complaints.

After news of this final exam spread, school officials apparently released statements to concerned San Diego residents who emailed the school that walk back the professor’s own admission in a telephone interview to the news agency that it’s a requirement:

“The options are clarified in the class. Students learn that they can do the gesture in any number of ways without actually having to remove their clothes. There are many ways to perform nudity or nakedness, summoning art history conventions of the nude or laying bare of one’s ‘traumatic’ or most fragile and vulnerable self. One can ‘be’ nude while being covered.”

Breitbart reports that the course is a prerequisite for a verbal performance art class. What’s more, the professor is no stranger to controversy.

“Dominguez’s biography on the department website lists a series of political efforts, including a government-funded project called the ‘Transborder Immigrant Tool,’ in which he handed out cell phones to prospective illegal immigrants with instructions about how to cross the U.S.-Mexico border,” according to Breitbart.”The goal of the project, which was funded by U.S. government grants and UCSD, and which was subsequently investigated by Congress, was to use poetry to ‘dissolve’ the border.”

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Here’s a list complied by The Week on some weird campus shenanigans that involve birthday suits and not much else:

5. Hamilton College’s varsity streaking team: “While some colleges use nudity as an excuse to party, the students of Hamilton’s varsity streaking team treat nakedness as a competition sport,” The Week reports.

4. Rice University’s Baker 13: Apparently it involves sub-zero temperatures and carefully placed shaving cream.

3. Yale University’s naked parties: Yeah, that’s a thing. If you want to read about those, check this out.

2. Harvard University’s Primal Scream: “For unclear reasons, frigid New England weather and copious studying produces a certain breed of pasty Ivy Leaguers that just wouldn’t keep their clothes on if you paid them (please, someone at Goldman Sachs work the numbers on this). At the end of every fall and spring semester, the night before the start of finals produces a sea of naked humanity running around Harvard Yard in an event known as Primal Scream,” The Week reports.

And finally, The Week concludes, “Stanford’s nude virgin festivals, library snacks, and more nakedness than you can swing a stick at.”

Click here to read The Week’s full round-up.

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Getting naked, or just barely, in the name of charity or just plain fun is the latest trend on college campuses across America. Whether it’s a 5K run in bras and panties, posing in the buff for a fundraising calendar, or taking a Christmas card photo with Santa hats on and little else – coeds are getting naked nationwide.

More and more coeds, in fact.

Case in point: Arizona State University’s “Undie Run” Facebook page has more than 16,000“Likes,” and the upcoming run this year is already packed with pledged participants.

At the annual ASU run, female coeds don some of their best lingerie and their male counterparts don their own tighty whiteys. It draws thousands and has been described by at least one student as “a little freaky,” according to a local news report. The effort aids a variety of charities.

Similarly, the annual Nearly Naked Run at Boston University is so popular it had to change to a larger venue. It’s billed as a chance to “Undress, De-Stress and Do Good,” according to its Facebook page. The effort collects clothes for the homeless.

At Washington University in St. Louis, about 40 students took part in its inaugural Nearly Naked Run in December to raise money for an arts outreach program for underprivileged youth. Students ran around the campus in their underwear, sports bras and little else.

Many other campuses across the nation offer similar excuses to strip down for charity. But fun runs aren’t the only show around.

Yale University Men’s Freshman Heavyweight Crew in December took a Christmas card team photo in which they wore nothing but Santa hats and big grins, holding stockings over their privates.

Across the pond, both the male and female rowing teams at the UK-based University of Warwick took nude photos of themselves in which they were cleverly positioned or used props to show nearly everything, stopping just shy of the Full Monty, although there was plenty of buttocks to go around. The pictures, published in December, were taken to fundraise for their athletic programs as well as raise money for charity.

While some applaud the efforts or simply brush them off as youthful fun, others argue it’s an example of the sexualization of America’s youth and an abandonment of modesty.

Colleen Carroll Campbell, a prominent conservative commentator, said in an interview with The College Fix that these students have been raised in a sexualized culture and “absorbed its messages all too well, mistakenly equating exhibitionism with liberation and objectification with positive attention.”

The efforts are also misguided, added Campbell, a journalist, EWTN host, former presidential speechwriter, and author of “My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir” and “The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy.”

“College students have been pulling silly stunts and shocking pranks for generations, so that’s nothing new,” she said. “What is new, perhaps, is to try to recast group stripteases as evidence of altruism – as if scampering in your undies is somehow more selfless than serving in a soup kitchen, tutoring struggling students or helping build new homes for low-income families.”

She also questions whether students have thought longterm about their actions.

“This trend probably won’t be one that wears well,” Campbell said. “Romping in the nude may feel exciting when you’re 20, but when you’re 30 and job hunting – or spouse hunting – and trying to explain those compromising online photos, it’s another story.”

Fix contributor Judith Ayers is a student at York College of Pennsylvania.

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