What is Consent?
Consent is defined by the following:
- Means all parties are ready and willing to share that moment with one another, and each person has control over their participation and what that moment will be like.
- Means all participants have to say “Yes” and continue to say “Yes” as the interactions continue.
- Is enthusiastic, free-willing, clear, concise, mutual, and on-going.
- Can be verbal or non-verbal (e.g., high-five, thumbs up, head nod “yes”, etc.).
- Cannot be given if either partner is:
- Under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Asleep, unconscious, or incapacitated
- Coerced in any way
- Under the age of 18 (unless married)
- Does not understand the nature of the act
This video may be helpful when thinking about consent: Tea and Consent. More about what consent looks like and consent laws in California.
What to Do if You’ve Had a Non-Consensual Interaction
If you have had a non-consensual interaction (i.e., sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, etc.), and would like information on resources, supportive measures, and reporting options, please contact the Title IX Team.