University of Missouri

46-10: A Resolution Supporting Free Condom Distribution in Residence Halls

Purpose: To support free distribution of condoms in all residence halls as initially proposed by Phi Beta Sigma and the MU Student Health Center.

WHEREAS, a 2005 Sexual Health Survey conducted by the MU Student Health Center administered to 6,000 randomly sampled undergraduates enrolled at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that 75% of sampled students described themselves as sexually active, and of those 70% had engaged in sexual activity in the last 30 days, and,

WHEREAS, a study released in 2004 by the Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI), using data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in 2000, found that one-half of all sexually active college age students will contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by age 25, and,

WHEREAS, responsible sexual behavior is more likely when access to information, condoms, and other Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) prevention tools is readily available, and,

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri-Columbia promotes the values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence, and,

WHEREAS, it is consistent with the values of the university to provide opportunities for all students (sexually active or abstinent) to be responsible and safe in their sexuality, and,

WHEREAS, a 2004 STD Surveillance survey conducted by the Center for Disease and Prevention states that, “data show higher rates of reported STDs among some minority racial or ethnic groups when compared with rates among whites,” and,

WHEREAS, this was a significant underlying reason behind Phi Beta Sigma’s original initiative, and,

WHEREAS, supporting free condom distribution in the residence halls not only provides opportunities for safer sexual practices, but also has the opportunity to reduce the disproportionate rates of STDs found among minority populations, and,

WHEREAS, the Women’s Center, the LGBT Resource Center, and the Student Health Center offer free condoms at designated locations during regular weekly business hours, and,

WHEREAS, having free condoms available in residence halls at all hours would promote safe practices consistent with students’ personal choices and values, thus promoting respect, responsibility and integrity in all relationships, and,

THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the Missouri Students Association Senate that free condoms and sexual health information be made available in all residence halls on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

Respectfully Submitted,

Student Affairs Committee Rachel Anderson
Senator Student Affairs

College Democrats Michelle Compton MSA Senate Clerk

Davie Holt Nick Trusty
MSA Senate Speaker DSA Director

IFC Executive Council Residence Halls Association

Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Andrew Cafourek
Freedom DSS Director

Juan Camilo Pineda