Definition of Consent

In the Student Handbook, consent is currently defined as follows:

  • Both individuals are physically free and capable to act.
  • Both individuals are willing and clear about their intent to engage in sexual activities.
  • Silence may not in and of itself constitute consent.
  • Past consent of sexual activities does not imply ongoing future consent.

We encourage all members of the USCB community to adopt affirmative consent, otherwise known as "Yes Means Yes." Please view the below video for a detailed explanation of affirmative consent.

  • Anything that is not considered a clear, distinct "Yes" is not consent to sexual activity.
    • You cannot just think you have consent because you don't have a clear, strong signal that you don't.
    • Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent.
  • Affirmative consent means an affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.
    • Must be ongoing and can be revoked at any time.
    • Intoxicated or reckless is not an excuse for failing to get affirmative consent.
    • It's the responsibility of each person involved to make sure that he or she has consent of the other or others.
  • Affirmative consent cannot be given by someone who is asleep, unconscious, incapacitated, or under the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication OR if he or she is unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition.

Remember, only a YES is a YES.