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article imageBody Scandal Hits University

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 5, 2007 in World
The UNSW loses its anatomy license amid claims of fooling with the corpses.
The University of NSW has apologised to the families of people whose remains were donated for anatomy classes. The apologies follow a scandal over the abuse of their loved ones body parts.
An audit revealed that the remains were sexually interfered with and then piled together in coffins. The university's school of anatomy has had its license to conduct anatomy classes revoked.
Police are investigating claims about the mistreatment of cadavers, that included fondling of breasts and vaginas, and using a head for degrading purposes. The audit also revealed serious problems with the labelling and storage of cadavers.
The university's Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Richard Henry said while no formal contact had yet been made to the families of body donors, he did have a message for them.
"We'd like to apologise for any distress those families are suffering at the moment. The difficulty is we are still trying to fully understand what happened. We are caught in the balance of not wanting to unnecessarily concern the families and at the same time we don't want to fail to apologise."
This is a disgusting situation and the University as a whole should be penalized for what was allowed to go on in thier school of anatomy. It sounds as if this was an ongoing problem and not just a one-off thing. How horrifying for the families.
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