What is Consent?

Sexual activity requires consent.  Consent refers to a clear, unambiguous and voluntary agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity.  A verbal "no," even if perceived to be indecisive constitutes a lack of consent.  A clear, verbal "yes" is necessary evidence of consent.

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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