(Rock Hill, S.C.) –- A number of students at Winthrop University have found a way around completing the school’s “Not Anymore” sexual assault prevention training, which is required by Title IX education mandates.
Not Anymore is an interactive online training program that is intended to help prevent sexual assault, stalking and domestic and dating violence.
Winthrop students are required to complete the program every year, which is mandated by the federal Campus SaVE Act.
However, a number of Winthrop students have paid another student to complete the training for them.
Antonio Hill, a sophomore majoring in accounting and finance, said at least 15 students paid him to complete the training sessions on their behalf.
Hill said the students said were willing to pay him because they didn’t have the time to complete the training themselves.
“There were a variety of people; there were some student athletes, people with jobs and other extracurricular activities,” said Hill.
“Not Anymore is simply not a priority for first year students or returning students, who already know what they have to do.”
Jaqueline Concodora, Winthrop’s director of Health and Counseling Services who is responsible for overseeing the training, said she was surprise to learn this was happening.
“I have not heard about that but I can honestly say that it is disappointing,” said Concodora.
“There is no excuse for any student to pay someone to complete their course. They are missing the point of what this program is for.
“Winthrop is not trying to be Big Brother. We want students to be aware of all cases of assault so they can be able to identify any possible dangers and protect themselves as well as their friends.”
Kem Nwabadu and Sydney Buckley, both freshmen on the women’s basketball team, said they’ve completed the training, which took them approximately two hours.
However, they said they “do not blame” students who paid to have the training completed for them, due to a lack of time.
Additionally, a number of other students admitted they hadn’t completed the training by the deadline.