Texas A&M: “Yes is Yes” policy

Source: Washington Examiner, Sep 2015

Texas A&M University has revised its sexual misconduct policy to narrowly define consent along the lines of the “yes means yes” or “affirmative consent” standards that are sweeping the nation.

Consent is now defined as “clear, voluntary and positive verbal or non-verbal communication that all participants have agreed to the sexual activity.” Consent must be given “prior to or at the same time as the sexual activity” and must be ongoing throughout.

While the policy doesn’t explicitly state that only verbal consent is acceptable, the policy would still result in a question-and-answer-style sexual encounter, where normal sexual behavior could be grounds for an accusation.

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