The University of Southern California (USC) is forcing students to complete an online training course and fill out a questionnaire detailing their sexual history before they can register for classes.
USC sent out a campus-wide email explaining that the course was “mandatory, and you must complete it by February 9, 2016. If you do not complete the training by this date you will receive a registration hold until the training is complete,” according to Campus Reform’s Anthony Gockowski.
Some of the questions are:
- What percentage of your peers do you think has sex (including oral) at least once a month?
- 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?
Jacob Ellenhorn, a student at USC said that the questionnaire was followed by two hours of instruction on sexual consent.
Campus Reform reports:
In one case, students were told that a sexual partner who has had too much to drink cannot give consent. However, in a different scenario, the course shows a video of a man and a woman who are both drunk and engaging in sexual activity. The video, according to Ellenhorn, blames the man for sexually assaulting the woman.
“It kept on saying that drunk people cannot give consent. In one scenario both the man and the woman were drunk but the video still blames the male for the assault. I found that a little confusing,” Ellenhorn said.
Update: An official said that USC has removed the questionnaire portion from the training.
“USC apologizes for any offense or discomfort caused by optional questions included as part of a mandatory on-line training for students on sexual consent, misconduct and other important issues,” said Todd Dickey, USC Senior Vice President for Administration in an email to The Federalist.