Clemson University’s Invasive Sex Probe of Students and Faculty

Clemson University’s Insanely Invasive Sex Questionnaire

Clemson University’s Insanely Invasive Sex Questionnaire

Clemson University has suspended a mandatory program that required students, faculty and staff to divulge their most private personal information to a third party website – or face disciplinary action.

“How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” read one of the questions on the mandatory online survey.

“With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” read another.

According to the school, the survey was designed to promote campus health and safety – and its compulsory completion was an assignment Clemson said students, faculty and staff should “enjoy.”

Wait … what?

Since when was being forced to provide prurient details of one’s private life to a government entity “enjoyable?”

Because that’s a curious definition of “enjoyment” if you ask us …

“It is an engaging and informative online course, created with students for students,” an email from Clemson noted. ”It will provide you with useful information regarding sexual violence and relationships. The course promotes a healthier and safer campus environment.”

Clemson’s insanely invasive survey was first exposed by reporter Kaitlyn Schallhorn of Campus Reform – a website we’ve featured in the past for its efforts to hold our nation’s institutions of higher education accountable.

Schallhorn was also first to report on the school’s decision to temporarily suspend the program.

“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,” the school wrote late Wednesday. “Clemson University will eliminate these questions. We apologize for any concern and inconvenience this has caused.”

Uh-huh …

In our view, temporarily suspending this survey pending the elimination of these invasive questions isn’t enough. The fact these questions were even contemplated – let alone asked of students – is simply beyond the pale.

FITS has been all over Clemson in the past – most notably for its former president‘s laughable efforts to artificially inflate the school’s academic standing. We’ve also ripped the school’s wasteful “public service” division, its ridiculously expensive wind turbine facility and the entire campus it has devoted to a Confederate submarine.

We’ve also chided Clemson for its astronomical tuition hikes …

Here we have yet another example of why this school should immediately be set free to pursue its destiny in the private sector. And another example of what happens when we let government run an institution of higher learning.
fitsnews Written by fitsnews
08:34AM on Thursday, Sep 18th 2014

23 responses to “Clemson University’s Invasive Sex Probe of Students and Faculty

  1. This just sounds crazy to me. Who in the right mind thinks it ok to ask these types of question, but not just ask but make it mandatory or disciplinary action will follow. This is just insane! It is none of their business to try to get that involved with student information like that. I personally would not give them any information,.

  2. How would they ever think they could get away with a compulsory survey like this? Like their goals for the survey are all well and fine, as long as the participants in it are volunteers. It makes no sense for them to try and pass a mandatory survey like this

  3. I think that it is so easy to get people’s private information now that more and more corporations are finding ways to get what they want. I think it is sad that people judge people based on their personal life when that doesn’t even concern them.

  4. I just want to know who in the University thought of this idea, ” Uh yea, we should create this survey about a students, faculty and staff to divulge their most private personal information”, ” Good thinking, Jim. That is a Splendid idea! You should get a Promotion!” Pfft that is about the most asinine idea i have ever heard from a university.

  5. Any time there are “mandatory” questionnaires I am always skeptical of the underlying intentions. These questionnaires seem to be showing up everywhere. Not too long ago Professor Kollitz was asked to report her emotionally unstable students to the district. When will our privacy be our privacy? It seems as though our privacy is becoming less and less important whenever we “accept” to be involved in a group activity. One example of that is the terms and conditions that no one reads. Although everyone accepts them no one is exempt from them which include some very invasive amendments.

  6. I might be able to understand if this were an anonymous study that was optionally done through the health apartment. Making this mandatory would be embarrassing, ignorant, and possibly shameful. Why would anyone even think that this would be remotely okay? Do they not have a board to approve such things or more than one person review this sort of study? Figures it would be a government run institution.

  7. This video had me at “sex probe.”If someone wants to respond to the survey voluntarily then its okay, they need to gather information to find out what other people are thinking.

  8. I don’t completely down the survey, just the “mandatory” part. I also believe it should be anonimous. If students want to engage in a sexual survey, they should have that right, but that is the right to choose. I get what the school is trying to do. A lot of students have care free, unprotected sex with numerous partners, often. Sometimes asking someone directly about their behavior allows them to identify with what they may try to conceal even from themselves. It’s sort of like a wake up call for those who are being irresponsible with themselves, but it is still an invasion of privacy.

  9. From the information presented, it can be clearly seen as an invasion of privacy, however I feel like this article lacks information. In one of the quotes by Clemson “It is an engaging and informative online course, created with students for students,” this suggests that the questions were not asked to all the students and all the fauculty ,but just students and faculty from one course. “It will provide you with useful information regarding sexual violence and relationships. The course promotes a healthier and safer campus environment.” This quote has me thinking that it could be a course in health science or possibly medical science. These questions could be more understandable there and similarly these questions are asked in our visits to the doctor. I also feel that this article is extremely biased and the lack of information here is clearly an attack towards this university. It even states that they should go to the private sector! If you read this article and did no real research or found out the other side of the argument, then you might be too naive.

  10. Some people see the academic suffixes “University” and “College” added to certain academic institutions and believe it will automatically be ran at a higher standard. Not so, but don’t take my word for it. How many of you students, who are NOT certified in academic administration, could make suggestions that would make Riverside City “College” a more efficient, academic wise as well as fiscally, learning enviroment? One last point, we need more watch dog journalism like the Campus Reform website that broke this story.

  11. It is crazy that after reading the questions that people were still gullible to answer them to the public. People need to be aware of their rights because too many companies, corporations, etc. are taking advantage of young adults not knowing their rights.

  12. Now this is too much.
    Where does the line get drawn?
    That is ridiculous.
    A person’s personal life should be just that!
    They had no right to do this and anyone who participated should definitely feel violated.

  13. It is completely laughable that any institute would be serious about these questions. It is completely disappointing that it was mandatory to answer these questions. If someone wants to respond to the survey voluntarily, they can feel free to write whatever they want. However, to force someone to respond to such a self-disclosing survey that their name will be attached to, that is morally pathetic. The University obviously knows it did something wrong, thus the survey’s suspension, but their attempt to spin their intention is a joke. Really? They wanted to create something “enjoyable”? That is a very poor word choice and the University is only losing its credibility. I can only imagine the Public Relations courses offered here.

  14. How could completing this survey be enjoyable if it asks invasive questions? I understand that the University wants to promote health and campus safety, but this kind of questionnaire is the wrong way to do it. The survey is just an invasion of privacy and it should not have been written, let alone mandatory for the students.

  15. This is a complete invasion of privacy, the university should not be requesting this info to bring “joy” to the students. Nothing good can be made of asking for students personal sexual history. This outlandish “mandatory” survey almost seems like this was a joke and wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. I feel bad for the students who actually answered this survey.

  16. I don’t know how answering any of these questions could bring “joy” to any student as stated by Clemson. This survey is a complete invasion of a students privacy. In addition, I agree with Joshua Hsu point of view. How many students are going to actually answer these questions truthfully?

  17. It’s just plain invasion in people’s personal lives. I would have refused fight from the beginning. There isn’t much to say other than it just being completely wrong to try to make this a mandatory thing, what’s it really going to accomplish? Safe sex and health prevention? Just tell them, but don’t get into people’s personal lives.

  18. Conducting a survey of extremely personal and possibly embarrassing questions in order to promote a healthier and safer environment? Someone please give me an example of how this kind of study can help because I can’t think of ANY.

  19. I don’t understand why the university would even think of giving this survey out to it’s campus let alone making it a mandatory questionnaire. That kind of information is very personal and should not be forced out of someone who does not want to give that information out to a third party company. I guess I can also see where the campus is coming from with campus safety and health issues. It can help predict STD transfers from student to student or raise the awareness of the students to practice safe sex. But at the end of the day the University had no right to force this on it’s students and faculty.

  20. I don’t think it’s an effective way of preventing or deterring sexual violence on campus by asking people to complete a online survey. Because the information the school collects from students and faculty might not be all honest responses. I’d urge the school to search an alternative to solve the issue.

  21. My best response to this story is – ridiculous- Why is it that people are just spending their time looking for ways to be in peoples personal lives, in the name of “mandatory”. Why don’t they just say, they want to know your personal business and they have nothing better to do. Someone is somewhere watching people trying to find out what’s going on behind their closed doors. And as far as this school is concerned, they are retarded.

  22. What this university tried to do is sickening. Why would someone want to give this information to their university when more than half the population can barely tell their doctor their sexual history. This mandatory survey is as stupid as Obamacare. It does more damage than it does help fixing the original problem.

  23. I have a difficult time understanding the reasoning or logic of invading people’s most personal information. Why is this happening? This is nothing I have seen before. Someone explain to me. Evidently the University hired a company to do some sexual research on campus and it was terminated early this morning because so many people complained. Personally, I would refuse to answer on my personal principles of right and wrong.

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