What is Consent?

Sexual activity requires consent, which is defined as clear, unambiguous and voluntary agreement between the participants to engage in specific sexual activity. Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a "no"; a clear "yes;" verbal or otherwise, is necessary. Verbal communication is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent, and individuals are required to seek consent in verbal form.

Consent cannot be obtained from someone who is asleep or otherwise mentally or physically incapacitated, whether due to alcohol, drugs or some other condition. Consent cannot be obtained by threat, coercion or force. Agreement given under such conditions does not constitute consent.  Consent cannot be given if someone:

Consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant throughout any sexual encounter. Consent to some sexual acts does not imply consent to others, nor does past consent to a given act imply ongoing or future consent. Consent can be revoked at any time.  Consent cannot be inferred from:

What if Consent is Not Given?

Participating in sexual activity without freely given and verbal consent is considered, by law, sexual assault.  The University of Dallas takes the matter of rape, dating violence, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and any form of harassment very seriously. UD is committed to making sure each member of the community is able to function without fear or intimidation. Any student or employee found responsible for any form of sexual misconduct may face any of the following disciplinary actions:

Gauging Consent

Red Lights: Signs You Should Stop

• You are too intoxicated to gauge or give consent (signs include slurred speech, problems with balance, and impaired motor skills).

•Your partner is asleep or passed out.

•You hope you partner will say nothing and go with the flow.

•You intend to have sex by any means necessary.

•You are using physical force to have sex

•You don't think they would agree to have sex if they were sober.

•You have had sex before but they have said they're not interested tonight.

•You have coerced your partner in any way (asking repeatedly, putting pressure on your partner, physically intimidating them, etc.).

Yellow Lights: Signs You Should Pause and Talk

Green Lights: Keep Communicating

Adapted from American College Health Association, Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Toolkit

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