FAU drops on Trojan’s annual Sexual Health Report Card

Having “condoms by the buttload” earns FAU the 31st spot on Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card.


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Florida Atlantic has taken the 31st spot on the 2015 Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Rankings, falling from last year’s position at No. 18 and 2013’s rank at No. 24.

CaptureThe 10th annual study, sponsored by Trojan Brand Condoms, was released Wednesday, Nov. 4, and judged 140 schools across the nation on their “accessibility of sexual health resources and information available to students on campus,” according to an article on the Trojan website.

This includes 11 categories ranging from contraceptive and condom availability to sexual assault programs and resources (see sidebar).

In Florida, FAU beat out schools including Florida State University, University of Miami, University of Central Florida and University of South Florida, but fell behind the University of Florida which ranked in at No. 17 (see sidebar).

“Our overall goal for sexual health education is to deliver it in a fun, engaging manner while still promoting healthy and responsible decision making. Taking part in this survey keeps us on our toes and thinking outside the box,” Courtney Weaver, assistant director of Health Promotion at the Boca Raton campus, told Trojan. “The results of the survey give us the opportunity to catch a glimpse of what other universities offer to their students, which gets us thinking about what we need to do to push our own educational practices to the next level.”

CaptureBrigham Young University in Utah came in at No. 140 for the third year in a row, while Oregon State University took first place for the second year.

Some students disagree with the survey’s results because of a lack of promotion. “I don’t notice anything, or any practice of sexual awareness,” Robert Kiley, a freshman linguistics major said. “To improve they can’t do much, the school’s capable, but not much you can do to get uninterested people interested.”

But Luis Javer, a freshman vocal performance major, is confident in the survey’s results, “I’d say yes it’s accurate, because we give free HIV testing and reduced STD checkups. And we have condoms by the buttload.”

Andrew Fraieli contributed to the reporting of this story.

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