What is Consent?

Both parties who have the capacity to act freely must receive verbal agreement and positive cooperation for sexual contact to be considered consensual. A verbal "no," even if it may sound indecisive or insincere, constitutes a lack of consent. The absence of a verbal "no" does not mean "yes." Lack of protest does not imply consent.

Consent cannot be given under the following circumstances:

  • Unconsciousness or incapacitation (drugs or alcohol)
  • Mental disability or reasonably knowable to a nondisabled sexual partner
  • Physical force, threats, intimidation or coercion

Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent or consent to other forms of sexual activity.

Watch this short video to learn more about what consent means.

Additional Information

Please view Information for Men, for additional information related to consent.

Please read The Administrative Policy (TAP) No. 31 - University Policy on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct.