University 101 Programs

What UR Peers Never Told U About Sex

“What UR peers never told U about Sex” is an interactive presentation that engages students’ decision making about their individual sexual health. Through activities that focus on communication, negotiation, and safer sex practices, students will explore how their own personal values and beliefs influence their sexual health decisions and empower them with knowledge to make healthy choices. The program will shift from a more traditional sexually transmitted disease presentation to an open format designed to affirm risk reduction and the choice to abstain.

Learning Outcomes

The “What UR Peers Never Told U About Sex” presentation supports University 101 learning outcomes:

II. Help Students Discover and Connect With the University of South Carolina

a. Identify appropriate campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their educational experience, goals, and campus engagement

Facilitators of this presentation will discuss and distribute information about appropriate campus resources and services, which support sexual health and general well-being/wellness. Facilitators will also provide students with information about why and how to be involved with Changing Carolina Peer Leaders.

III. Prepare Students for Responsible Lives in a Diverse, Interconnected, and Changing World

d. Describe processes, strategies, and resources, and explain the implications of their decisions, related to their overall wellness

Facilitators of this presentation will engage students in a dialogue about the importance of clear communication with a partner, proper condom use, partner consent, and negotiating condom use with a partner, as well as the STI statistics relevant to USC students.

As a result of attending this presentation students will:

  • Identify high-risk and low-risk sexual behaviors and will evaluate where their current or future behaviors fit in that spectrum
  • Demonstrate strategies for STI risk reduction and pregnancy prevention and how to apply these practices to their own behaviors
  • Recall resources of where to go for services if they or their partner have concerns about their sexual health
  • Reflect upon their personal sexual behaviors and examine intrapersonal development skills (such as: values, beliefs, and personal identity) to choose healthier sexual practices for themselves
  • Apply communication skills between partners to ensure the use of barrier methods (condoms, dental dams) and contraceptives

Presentation Outline
This presentation is presented by the Student Health Services - Changing Carolina Peer Leaders. The format includes class discussion and interactive large and small group activities.

Presentation topics/activities to include:

  • Knee Caps to genitalia exercise (5-6 minutes)
    • This is an icebreaker activity designed to encourage dialogue about a topic that can often be sensitive. With student participation, the facilitator compiles a list of slang terms used for body parts. Facilitator leads discussion on how slang terms can often hinder communication with romantic or sexual partners.
  • Abstinence to sex continuum (20 minutes)
    • This is a values exploration exercise designed to facilitate discussion about the ways that abstinence and sex may be defined differently from person to person. The room will be divided along a continuum with one side representing sex and the other side representing abstinence. Students will be presented with an activity (like holding hands, kissing, or oral sex) and will be asked to stand where they believe the activity fits along the continuum. The facilitator will also highlight important points (like South Carolina ranking 8th in the nation for AIDS cases, abstinence being the only 100% way to prevent pregnancy and STIs, etc.)
  • 10 Steps to Use a Condom (8-10 minutes)
    • This is an activity designed to help students how to properly use male and female condoms. The facilitator will distribute the 10 cards (one for each step) to volunteers from the class and ask them to line up in the order they think is correct. The students who are still seated will give feedback to the volunteers (affirming the order of the volunteers or providing suggestions to correct the order).
  • Parameters of Consent (2-3 minutes)
    • The facilitator will ask student to consider how consent fits into the 10 steps. The facilitator will then explain the “Parameters of Consent” at USC.
  • Negotiation skills for using condoms (10 minutes as time allows)
    • This a scenario activity designed to help students think about how the information they have learned in the presentation so far would apply to their own lives. Students will discuss scenarios that explore how to negotiate for condom use and abstinence.
  • Campus resources and announcements (5 minutes)
    • The facilitator will distribute information about available campus resources.

Presentation Length
50 minutes

Presenter Training
The presenters of this presentation are undergraduate peer leaders of the Student Health Services program called Changing Carolina Peer Leaders (CCPL).  For an opportunity to become a peer leader all students must apply and be selected to be able to participate in the program.  Once accepted, students must take a 3-credit academic course (HPEB301: Practicum in Health Education) and pass with a B average to be able to participate in the program and give presentations. The course content prepares the peer leaders in health and wellness topic areas as well as leadership development/skill builders.

In addition to the semester long course, each fall semester peer leaders must attend refresher training in each presentation with which they will be working. This training covers content in the presentation in addition to an overview of presentation and facilitation skills. Peer leaders also have weekly group meetings in which a skill builder is reviewed, as well as monthly continuing education meetings.