BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Does your school have the right to know about your sex life?
That's what some students at Florida Atlantic University are asking after being required to answer some extremely personal questions. "I just don't understand why questions pertaining to how many times I've had sex have anything to do with campus life," student Cheryl Soley said.
Before Soley was allowed to enroll in classes, she says, she was required to take an online questionnaire she found highly offensive.
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 WFLX.
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 8,000 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.
Despite her complaints, Soley says, she eventually agreed to take the questionnaire because she was told if she didn't she would not be able to enroll in her courses.