SC Campaign's emPOWERed Model: Steps Campuses Can Take

Sixty-one percent of women who have children after enrolling in college fail to finish their degrees. While 82% of students understand that having a child while attending college would make it difficult to finish, may students report they do not have enough knowledge to keep pregnancy from occurring.

Here are nine steps your college can take to reduce unintended pregnancy by supporting students' sexual health and decision-making.

1.Ongoing Public Awareness

2.Staff Development

3.Classroom/Campus Education

4.Campus-wide Events

  • Hold special events, workshops or forums to provide an entertaining, informative, and non-threatening way to introduce the issue of unintended pregnancy on campus. Examples include Project Condom hosted by the University of South Carolina.
  • Request a speaker from the SC Campaign.

5.Campus Education Group

  • Develop a peer group to increase awareness and knowledge among students attending college. Many schools already have student committees that could serve in this role.

6.Intensive Prevention Education

  • Provide evidence-based pregnancy and HIV/STD prevention programs (use our Assess for Fit Tool to guide you) for high priority students (like pregnant and parenting teens, students who are first in their family to attend college, and students whose parents were teen parents). These students are at a higher risk of having their educational goals derailed by unplanned pregnancy.

7.Support Services for Pregnant and Parenting Teens

8.Campus/Clinic Memorandum of Agreement

9.Condom Distribution

  • Ensure access to contraception and sexual health services. This is an evidence-based strategy to address unintended pregnancy on college campuses.
  • Provide free, easily accessible condoms at your health center, on-campus clinic and other well-trafficked areas.
  • Request free condoms for your campus.