Consent occurs when two or more individuals voluntarily and actively agree to participate in any physical contact or sexual activity. It requires that a person is able to freely choose between two options: yes and no. Consent must be given each and every time for each and every sexual activity. Consent can be withdrawn at any time by any person.
Consent will not be considered to have been given where a person:
- is incapable of consenting to the activity if they are
- unconscious; or
- intoxicated by alcohol or any other substance to the point of been incapable of giving free and voluntary consent to sexual activity
- is silent
- is not fighting back (an absence of physical resistance does not equal consent)
- says ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ (an absence of verbal protest does not equal consent)
- is forced or coerced
- is threatened
- is manipulated by authority
Click here for a more detailed explanation of consent, as defined under the University's Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures.
If you're still struggling with consent, we strongly encourage you to complete the 'Consent Matters' online training module.
The following short video may also help increase your understanding of consent:
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