Consent is not effectively given if it results from the use of force, threats, intimidation, or if it is from someone who is incapacitated.
The following are part of the affirmative consent standard at the university:
"If you're still struggling with consent, just imagine instead of initiating sex, you're making them a cup of tea."
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By recognizing precursors that may lead to dangerous situations, like seeing a drunk person being aggressively pursued at a party or witnessing concerning behavior that has the potential to escalate, violence can be prevented. Prevention can include: implementing evidence-based risk reduction strategies and self-protection measures, normalizing and encouraging active bystander intervention, and promoting prevention education campaigns that positively challenge social norms to eliminate and reduce the risk of harm. We believe everyone benefits from prevention education.
When we find ourselves in situations where we witness troubling and potentially harmful behavior, we have the choice to either interrupt the problematic behavior or remain complacent and allow the situation to escalate. At CU Denver | CU Anschutz, it is our responsibility to take care of one another when we witness acts of violence. As a community, we must work proactively to stop sexual violence before it occurs.
Here are some ways that you can help prevent sexual violence:
NOTE*: Content in above sections, “Sexual Violence Prevention and Risk Reduction Strategies” and “Sexual Violence is Preventable,” was adapted from the Phoenix Center of Auraria | Anschutz, CU Boulder’s Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, CU Denver | CU Anschutz Annual Clery Report, CSU’s Women and Gender Advocacy Center, and CU Denver’s Women and Gender Center.
As a reminder, all university employees who have the authority to hire, promote, discipline, evaluate, grade, formally advise, or direct faculty, staff, or students are considered “responsible employees” and are required to report alleged misconduct to the OE. This includes, but is not limited to resident advisors, teaching assistants, professors, graduate instructors, academic advisors, coaches, or other university employees with supervisory authority. Any instance or concern of discrimination or harassment based on a protected characteristic, any form of sexual misconduct, and/or any related retaliation disclosed to a responsible employee must be reported the OE.