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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