Universities vary on definitions of sexual consent

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Thursday, July 10, 2014

The definition of "consent" in Norfolk State University's sexual misconduct policy consists of 166 words. The College of William & Mary uses 257 words to spell it out. It takes 438 at Virginia Wesleyan College.

With scrutiny on policies and prevention of sexual violence at colleges and universities, it's becoming increasingly important for local higher-education officials to pinpoint what constitutes consensual sex.

"No" means no, but "yes" can be trickier for school administrators to identify.

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