USC apologizes for requiring students to detail sexual history

  • USC Senior VP for Administration Todd Dickey apologized Tuesday for the questions contained in the school's mandatory Title IX training course.
  • Dickey also stated that the inappropriate sexual history questions would be removed from the training.

The University of Southern California apologized Tuesday for the questions contained in its mandatory Title IX training course.

USC Senior Vice President for Administration Todd Dickey apologized for any “discomfort caused” by the course and said questions asking for the details of students’ sex lives have been removed from the online training program.

“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,” Dickey wrote in an email.

"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.

As Campus Reform originally reported, the online training asked students to reveal the frequency of their sexual encounters as well as the amount of sexual partners they have had in the past three months. Dickey confirmed these types of questions will no longer be included in the training.

“These questions have been removed from our online training module,” he said.

Campus Clarity, the organization that produced the Title IX training course for USC, also responded to the many questions they were receiving, claiming the training is provided to “over 500 colleges and universities across the country” rather than the 200 cited on their website.

The training, according to Campus Clarity, is mandated under the Campus Save Act, which went into effect at the beginning of the fall semester.

Although Campus Clarity responded to many questions about the training, they did not address any questions from The Washington Examiner in regards to why accused students should admit they may be at fault.

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