Outrageous College Students Being Forced to Answer Invasive Sex Questions
Florida Atlantic University is requiring students to answer intimate questions about their sexual habits.
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?
One student told WPTV she found the questions to be offensive and did not understand why this information needed to be obtained by the university. She said she had to answer the questions or she could not enroll in her courses.
The school says it's all part of a federal law aimed at educating students about sexual assault.
"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.
But Soley and some other students have concerns about their privacy.
"How do I know who is viewing that information...and can it be used against me," Soley asks.
The university says the answers to the questions are kept anonymous.
Glanzer says only one percent of the 8000 students required to take the training have expressed concerns.
"This is the first year we’ve conducted the training provided by the vendor, and we will continually assess to determine whether changes need to be made. We fully support the national emphasis placed on the prevention of sexual violence on university campuses through the Campus Save Act, and this training is just one part of a holistic approach to building a culture of prevention, and ultimately, a safer campus," Glanzer said.
Clemson University dropped the same questionnaire after drawing complaints.
The "Outnumbered" panel discussed the controversial story today, and all wondered how this information pertains to sexual assault prevention.
Judge Alex Ferrer argued that the government has proven not to be trustworthy when it comes to privacy.
Kennedy asked how students can really trust that their answers won't find their way into the wrong hands.
"If you write down that you've had 75 partners in the last three months, what are they gonna do? Get you a nap and some Gatorade? It doesn't make any sense. It also doesn't mean you're any less or more likely to be sexually assaulted on campus," she said.
Watch the full discussion above.