Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Stalking
We strive to PROTECT our students, raise AWARENESS of these issues, and EDUCATE everyone on what to do if something happens to you.
Do you know what consent is? Consent is when someone agrees, gives permission, or says “yes” to sexual activity with other persons. Consent is always freely given and all people in a sexual situation must feel that they are able to say “yes” or “no” or stop the sexual activity at any point. Consent should not be assumed.
SE’s student handbook defines consent as…
Effective Consent is freely and actively given in a mutually understandable manner through words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in a mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Consent is voluntary. b. Initiators of sexual activity are responsible for obtaining effective consent. c. Silence or passivity is not effective consent. d. Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual activity. e. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future sexual acts. f. Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn or cannot be given, sexual activity must stop. g. Prior sexual activity between individuals does not imply consent for future acts of sexual activity h. Lack of consent includes instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her age or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity and instances where the victim is threatened with force, threat, or other duress. Temporary mental incapacity to consent includes situations where an individual is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs to the extent that it mitigates situational awareness and clarity of thought. i. Force negates consent. Sexual activity that is forced is by definition nonconsensual, but non-consensual sexual activity is not by definition forced. ii. There is no requirement that a party resists the sexual advance or request, but resistance is a clear demonstration of non-consent. The presence of force is not demonstrated by the absence of resistance. i. Use of alcohol or other drugs on the part of the accused will never function as a defense for any behavior that violates this policy. For all conduct sections where consent is required consent must be present.