FAU reaches top 25 in Trojan’s 2016 Sexual Health Report Card

The university ranked as the third best in the state behind the University of Florida and Florida State.

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FAU reaches top 25 in Trojan’s 2016 Sexual Health Report Card

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Ryan Lynch, Editor in Chief

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Florida Atlantic improved its ranking in condom manufacturer Trojan’s 11th annual Sexual Health Report Card for colleges, breaking into the top 25 for the third time in four years.

The report card — which is compiled by the data firm Sperling’s BestPlaces — grades the schools on 11 categories related to sexual health, including the availability of condoms to students, sexual education and STD testing. According to Trojan, FAU finished 25th out of 140 universities, which were picked from conferences within Bowl Championship Series and NCAA Division I athletics.

“The study calls attention to the state of sexual health on campuses nationwide by ranking each school according to resource accessibility and initiatives in place to improve sexual health,” Trojan said through a news release on the study.

FAU has ranked as low as 53rd in 2011 and as high as fifth in the 2009 edition of the national list, which has been released annually since 2006.

Among Florida schools, the University of Florida and Florida State University beat out FAU at 13th and 19th, while the University of Miami, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and Florida International University all finished outside the top 25 at 29th, 44th, 64th and 68th respectively.

Brigham Young University, which has an honor code connected to the Mormon faith that includes a provision against premarital sex, received the lowest spot in the rankings for the fourth year in a row, finishing in 140th place. Oregon State University — which finished in the top spot the last two years — was overtaken by the University of Georgia for first place.

Owls Care said in an email that in the past year, it has held more sexual health and sexual assault prevention courses for students and distributed more safe sex kits to the on-campus residence halls.

A news release on the university’s new Healthy Campus 2020 initiative said that the kits contain six condoms, a message about consent, an instruction pamphlet, one lubricant container and “are sealed with a sticker advertising STI testing at Student Health Services.”

“My RA is always handing out free condoms and has a box outside her door,” freshman social work major Samantha Felten said. “I think that it’s good for students to be safe and healthy.”

Ryan Lynch is the editor in chief of the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @RyanLynchwriter.