UVM policy defines consent as:
- Words or actions that demonstrate a knowing and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed-upon, specific, sexual activity.
- Freely and actively given – without coercion, fear or threat of harm.
- Mutually understood.
- Clearly communicated.
Consent cannot be given by one who is mentally or physically incapable of giving clear consent at the time of the sexual activity.
Silence, lack of protest, or lack of resistance are not alone sufficient to establish consent.
It is the responsibility of the person who wants to engage in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has effective consent from any other person involved.
UVM’s Sexual Misconduct Policy is available here.
Last modified August 04 2015 02:10 PM