Understanding Consent

What is Consent?

Understanding consent is critical to recognizing and addressing sexual violence.

Consent is defined in the University’s Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment as:

“The voluntary agreement of an individual to engage in a sexual act. Consent is positive, active and ongoing, and can be revoked at any time.

Consenting to one kind of sexual act does not mean that consent is given for another sexual act or kind of activity.

Consent is NOT obtained where a person is incapable of consenting – for example due to intoxication, or where a person is induced to engage in the activity by someone abusing a position of trust, power or authority.”

Understanding consent is an important step in creating a culture of consent on campus and in society. A culture of consent is one where communication and consent are the norm. In such a culture, individuals are respected and not objectified, and have autonomy over their bodies. Incidents of sexual violence are not trivialized.

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