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VP Welfare, Dorothy explains why it's important to understand the concept of consent and how it applies in different situations...


Consent is an agreement between two or more people to engage in a specific activity or behaviour. In the context of sexual activity, consent is an agreement between two individuals to engage in sexual activity that is freely given, informed, and enthusiastic

Consent is necessary for any sexual activity, whether it's a kiss, touching, or intercourse. It's essential to ask for consent and respect the answer given. It's never okay to pressure or coerce someone into sexual activity, and doing so is a violation of their autonomy and rights. 


Consent must be…


Given freely by all parties involved in the activity and can be withdrawn at any time. It's important to note that silence or the absence of a no does not constitute consent. Only an explicit yes, given without coercion or pressure, is considered consent. 

It's also important to recognize that consent can also be influenced by factors such as age, intoxication, power dynamics, and cultural differences. Similarly, a power dynamic where one person holds more authority over another can make it difficult for the latter to say no. It's crucial to be aware of these factors and ensure that consent is freely given. 

A conscious decision

A person who is intoxicated or under the influence of drugs may not be able to give consent. If you are unsure about whether someone is able to give consent you should not engage in sexual activity with that person.


They can change their minds at any time. Consenting to one type of sexual activity is not consenting to all sexual activity. In situations where consent is withdrawn, it's important to stop the activity immediately.

If you feel that you may have violated someone's consent, it's essential to apologize and take responsibility for your actions. It's important to recognize that consent is a continuous process, and just because someone gave consent at one point doesn't mean they've given consent for all activities. 


We all have a responsibility to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone at the University and in society.


Any sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without explicit agreement or consent may be considered sexual violence. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment, assault or violence there is help available. Visit our Safety page for more information or to report an incident.


- Dorothy, VP Welfare


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