University of Dallas View on Sexual Relationships

As a Catholic institution, the University of Dallas promotes abstinence from premarital sex. Sexuality is ordered to the conjugal love of man and woman. In marriage the physical intimacy of the spouses becomes a sign and pledge of spiritual communion. Marriage bonds between baptized persons are sanctified by the sacrament (CC 2360). While clear and explicit consent is vital for legal sexual relations, there is still much harm that can be done by participating in the culture of casual sex. Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover, it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young (CC 2353). The university wishes her students not merely to avoid criminal violence, but to embrace and live out all virtues, including chastity. Even without coercion, casual sex is damaging to the individuals involved. It plays at love for sport. It makes promises that the players don't intend to keep. It insults the dignity of the other person by treating him or her as an object of sexual pleasure rather than a child of God. It divorces sex from the creation of new life and the unity of a family. The University of Dallas is staunch and unwavering in its commitment to preventing sexual violence of any kind, and encourages students to promote and affirm this end through the practice of chastity.

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