USC apologizes for asking students about sexual history in registration course

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The University of Southern California has apologized after asking students questions about their sexual histories in a Title IX training program. Campus Reform first reported the story this week, sharing screenshots of the online course that posed questions like, “With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” Students were required to complete the training before course registration for the spring could begin.

“USC apologizes for any offense or discomfort caused by optional questions included as part of a mandatory online training for students on sexual consent, misconduct and other important issues,” USC Senior Vice President for Administration Todd Dickey said to the Washington Examiner. “These questions have been removed from our online-training module.”

All universities and colleges are required by law to provide Title IX training to under the Campus Save Act, legislation that went into effect in 2013 to better educate students and staff on rape and sexual assault on campus.

Campus Clarity, the group responsible for development of the course, said the questions were a part of non-mandatory short surveys that are “interspersed throughout the course,” which schools have the option of including. “In these surveys, students are asked about their behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs regarding sexual activity and substance use. But students can choose not to answer these questions,” Campus Clarity said in a Q&A response.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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