The Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct prohibits sexual misconduct, and that includes sexual assault – any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. The Student Code of Conduct defines consent as informed and freely given words or actions that indicate a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
- Consent may not be inferred from: 1) silence, passivity or lack of resistance, 2) a current or previous dating or sexual relationship, 3) acceptance or provision of gifts, meals, drinks, or other items or 4) previous consent to sexual activity.
- Consent may be withdrawn during sexual activity.
- Consent to one form of consensual sexual activity does not imply consent to any other form of sexual activity.
- Consent may not be obtained through physical force, violence, duress, intimidation, coercion, or an express or implied threat of injury.
- Consent may never be given by a person who is: incapacitated (by drugs, alcohol or otherwise), unconscious, asleep, or otherwise physically or mentally unable to make informed, rational judgments. The use of alcohol or drugs does not diminish one’s responsibility to obtain consent and does not excuse conduct that violates this Student Code of Conduct.
- Consent cannot be given by someone who, by virtue of age, circumstances or other factors, is deemed by law to be incapable of giving consent.