Welcome to the Affirmative Consent Campus Policy Report

The Affirmative Consent Project/Yes Means Yes Campus Consent Policy Guide. An Affirmative Consent directory for college and university campuses. Sexual Assault, Title IX, and Clery Act Prevention Policy. 

Affirmative Consent Policy Guide

As the discussion of Affirmative Consent has gained momentum nationwide, both as statewide legislative policy (see our: 50 States of Consent) and individual college/university policy - we've published a sample study of what consent policy looks like at individual institutions.  We have published our findings in the following pages broken out by region, and by policy content:

Affirmative Consent Policies - by Region and by Policy Type:



further explanation is below, along with additional links to our study.

Our sample study includes 513 Colleges and Universities across the country.

The breakout of school policies looks like this:

Affirmative Consent Policy    40
No Affirmative Consent Reference   60
Reference to Consent    99
Reference to Effective Consent    14
State Mandated Strong Consent Policy    23
Strong Consent Policy (No State Mandate)    277

The methodology is as  follows:

No Affirmative Consent Policy: The school does not provide a definition, or does not mention at all consent within its sexual misconduct policy.
Affirmative Consent Policy: The school, or even statewide school system, has adopted a strict and clearly worded affirmative consent policy in regards to sexual consent and conduct.  This includes providing definitions that conclude that consent must be actively present, continual, conscious and voluntary.
Reference to Consent:
The school references consent, or informed consent but does not go into detail describing what the boundaries of consent are.
Reference to Effective Consent: The school references 'effective consent' but does not go into detail describing what the boundaries of consent are.
Strong Consent Policy:  The school has a clear and expansive policy on consent including a definition, boundaries of consent, and examples of situations.  It is clear the institution made an effort to actively put in place a strong policy.
State Mandated Affirmative Consent Policy: The State Legislature has passed a statewide Affirmative Consent Standard that must be incorporated into the school campus safety procedures. (Click here for the Affirmative Consent Project State by State Legislative Guide)

(*Methodology designed by Haleigh Hutchison - Digital Content Manager, The Affirmative Consent Project)

Example of a State Mandated Affirmative Consent Policy (NY State):

Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. The definition of consent does not vary based upon a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

a. Consent  to  any  sexual  act  or prior consensual sexual activity between or with any party does not necessarily constitute consent to any other sexual act.
b. Consent is required regardless of whether the person initiating the act is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
c. Consent may be initially given but withdrawn at any time.
d. Consent cannot be given  when  a  person  is  incapacitated,  which occurs  when  an  individual  lacks  the  ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual activity. Incapacitation may be caused by the lack of consciousness or being asleep, being involuntarily restrained, or if an individual otherwise cannot consent.   Depending on the degree of intoxication, someone who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants may be incapacitated and therefore unable to consent.
e. Consent cannot be given when it is the result of any coercion, intimidation, force, or threat of harm.
f. When consent is withdrawn or can no longer be given, sexual activity must stop.


Affirmative Consent Policies - Charted by Consent Standard Type:





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