code of community responsibility

Unequivocal Consent

At Colby-Sawyer College, a person who is accused of sexual misconduct or sexual assault must show he or she had evidence of unequivocal consent given by the person who complains of inappropriate sexual conduct or contact. The hearing body may find for the complainant instead of the respondent unless there is evidence of unequivocal consent by one who is capable of offering it. If someone is incapable of offering [or recognizing] consent, due to alcohol or drug impairment, underage status, or other limitation, then sexual activity should cease. Likewise if someone is incapable of recognizing whether consent has or has not been given, then sexual activity should cease.

Keys to Effective Consent

• Clear communication regarding intentions
• Consent to one action is not consent to another
• Consent can be withdrawn
• Consent is obtained at every stage of the interaction
• Consent cannot be obtained through fraud, force, threats, intimidation, coercion, or incapacitation due to drugs or alcohol