- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The University of Southern California has issued an apology following backlash over a series of questions in its mandatory Title IX training course that asked students to reveal their sexual history.

USC Senior Vice President for Administration Todd Dickey apologized Tuesday and said the controversial questions have been removed 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,” Mr. Dickey said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “These questions have been removed from our online-training module.”

“All colleges and universities are required by law to provide such training, and our training was a standardized module being used by hundreds of colleges and universities across the country,” he added.

According to Campus Reform, the course began with a detailed questionnaire asking students to reveal how often they have sex and use drugs or alcohol. They were then asked to specify the number of sexual partners they have had in the past three months and whether they used a condom.

Campus Clarity, the organization that produced the Title IX training course for USC, also responded to reports critical of the questions. They claimed the training, required under the Campus Save Act, is provided to over 500 colleges and universities across the country, the Washington Examiner reported.

Campus Clarity clarified that though the training is mandatory in order to register for classes, students are not required to answer questions they are uncomfortable with and can instead choose the “no comment” option.

“Schools have the option of including short surveys that are interspersed throughout the course. In these surveys, students are asked about their behaviors, attitudes and beliefs regarding sexual activity and substance use,” Campus Clarity told the Washington Examiner. “But students can choose not to answer these questions.”

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