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…”Consent means the affirmative, and voluntary agreement to engage in
a specific sexual activity during sexual encounter. Consent can be withdrawn at any time. 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.
a. Consent cannot be given by an individual who is asleep, or mentally or physically
incapacitated either through the effect of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason.
b. Consent cannot be given by a person under duress, threat, coercion or force.
c. Initiators of sexual activity are responsible for obtaining consent. Absence of
expressions of non-consent is not by itself a form of consent.
d. Silence or passivity alone and without some type of affirmative verbal or nonverbal
assent to the sexual activity is not consent.
e. Consent to any one form of sexual activity cannot automatically imply consent to any
other forms of sexual activity.
f. Previous relationships or prior consent cannot imply consent to future or present
g. Consent may be withdrawn at any time. When consent is withdrawn or cannot be
given, sexual activity must stop.
h. Lack of consent includes instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent
because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental incapacity
(such as being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs) and instances where the
victim is threatened with force, threat, or other duress.
i. Force negates consent. Sexual activity that is forced is non-consensual.
j. There is no requirement that a party physically resists the sexual advance or request,
but resistance is a clear demonstration of non-consent.
k. Willful use of alcohol or other drugs on the part of the initiator of sexual activity will
never function as a defense for any behavior that violates this policy.
l. For all conduct sections where consent is required consent must be present.
m. If at any time during sexual activity consent becomes unclear or uncertain, it is the
responsibility of the initiator of continued activity to ensure that there is consent.