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Florida Atlantic Univ. questionnaire delves into students’ sex lives

Before enrolling in classes at Florida Atlantic University, it seems prospective students have to offer up some very personal details.

Student Cheryl Soley was pretty miffed: “I just don’t understand why questions pertaining to how many times I’ve had sex have anything to do with campus life.”

WPTV Channel 5 in West Palm Beach reports:

Among the questions:

-How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?

-With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?

-If you had sex (including oral) in the last three months, how many times had you used a condom?

The questions are part of a required online course called “Think About It.”

“It has to be changed. It is a total invasion of privacy,” Soley says.

But an FAU spokesperson says Federal Law requires all universities to offer training to students about sexual assault and prevention.

“Nationally, approximately 20 percent of women report being assaulted while in college. To help reduce this percentage, federal law now requires all universities offer training to students about sexual assault and prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education recommends mandatory training for all incoming students. To comply with this federal mandate, universities throughout Florida and the nation are rolling out similar training modules,” FAU spokesperson Joshua Glanzer said in a statement released to WPTV.

Of the three questions listed above, I’m curious as to how the first two actually pertain to “universities offer[ing] training to students about sexual assault and prevention.”

Soley is worried about confidentiality, too: “How do I know who is viewing that information…and can it be used against me?”

Spokesman Glanzer noted that out of 8,000 students required to take the training, only one percent have “expressed concerns.”

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