Per St. Thomas policy:
Consent is defined as words or actions indicating a freely given present agreement to perform a particular sexual act with the initiator.
Consent can only be given or implied by someone who: acts freely, voluntarily, and with knowledge of the nature of the act involved.
Consent cannot be given by someone who:
- Is incapacitated by drugs or alcohol
- Is coerced into submission
- Is not conscious
- Is physically incapacitated
- Is mentally incapacitated
Consent cannot be inferred from:
- Permission for one particular act (a less intimate sexual act does not imply permission for a more intimate sexual act)
- A prior sexual, romantic or marital relationship
- An existing sexual, romantic or marital relationship
If you are still unsure on what does/does not constitute consent, watch the following video:
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