South Carolina’s Clemson University may be known for their football, but a recent controversy erupted when students were told they had to take a questionnaire about their sex lives.
A campus-wide email sent to students and faculty informed them that they would be required to undergo an hour-long online training course and questionnaire by November 1 that would force them to reveal personal details of their sex lives.
“We believe you’ll enjoy the assignment,” reads the email. “It is an engaging and informative online course, created with students for students. It will provide you with useful information regarding sexual violence and relationships. The course promotes a healthier and safer campus environment.”
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While the intent of the course seems harmless and important, the questions asked are undeniably invasive and personal.
“How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” reads one question.
“With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” reads another.
The sexual history questionnaire rather than Title IX training course itself is what’s causing uproar at the school.
“It’s not that I have an issue with being trained on Title IX,” said a student to Campus Reform. “I have an issue with the personal questions that are asked, and the fact that I’m told it’s anonymous, but it’s clearly linked to my name, and it’s obviously through a third party so not only is my information that I’m going to be filling out—incredibly personal information regarding my sex life that I have issues with speaking about—it’s not only going to the university, it’s going to a third party company that I don’t know. I don’t know what they’re doing with the data, but I’ve been told time and time again that the data that they are collecting, they aren't analyzing or using the data for anything, so then I don’t understand why they’re asking the questions either.”
Once the story started to gain traction online, more people became angry and upset that the school was forcing people to answer such personal questions. Now, Campus Reform reports that the Title IX training court has been suspended while they look to remove the deeply personal questions.
“Required Title IX online training has been suspended pending elimination of certain questions that were associated with a training module provided by a third-party vendor,” announced the school. “Clemson University will eliminate these questions. We apologize for any concern and inconvenience this has caused.”
Students seem to be reacting well to the news that Clemson has suspended the course.
“I think it's absolutely the right move on their part,” said Clemson student Roger Clinkscales to Campus Reform. “Clearly a mistake was made and the training needs a closer look before dissemination to the university. Kudos to them for pulling the plug before it became a bigger issue.”
Sources: Campus Reform, Fits News