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What Is Consent?

What Is Consent?


Brookdale Community College regulations define consent as the following:

  • Consent must be clear, verbal, sober, and affirmative.
  • Consent must be obtained for each and every sexual activity to constitute effective consent.
  • Consensual activity requires a mutual decision of both parties without any hint of force, threat, coercion, pressure, fraud, manipulation or fear of injury or loss of safety.
  • Consent cannot be given if the victim is asleep, mentally or physically incapacitated due to alcohol and/or other drugs or due to a temporary or permanent mental or physical condition.
  • Silence, passivity or the lack of active resistance is not consent.
  • Previous sexual activity does not equal current consent.
  • Consent to one form of sexual activity does not equal consent to other forms of sexual activity.
  • Consent can be withdrawn at any point.