Consent is a clear and unambiguous agreement, expressed outwardly through mutually understandable words or actions, to engage in a particular activity. Consent must be voluntarily given and cannot be obtained through coercion or force. For purposes of this Policy, in evaluating whether consent was freely sought and given, the issue is whether the Respondent knew, or reasonably should have known, that the activity in question was not consensual or that the Claimant was unable to consent due to incapacitation. Incapacitation, coercion, and force are defined below.
A person who initiates a specific sexual activity is responsible for obtaining consent for that activity.
Consent is not to be inferred from silence, passivity, or a lack of resistance, and relying on non- verbal communication alone may not be sufficient to ascertain consent.
Consent is not to be inferred from an existing or previous dating or sexual relationship. Even in the context of a relationship, there must be mutual consent to engage in any sexual activity each time it occurs.
Consent to engage in one sexual activity at one time is not consent to engage in a different sexual activity or to engage in the same sexual activity on a later occasion.
Consent to engage in sexual activity with one person is not consent to engage in sexual activity with any other person
Consent can be withdrawn by any party at any point. Once consent is withdrawn, the sexual activity must cease immediately.