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Students may not have even heard of the phrase by then.” That’s because at a growing number of colleges, “No means no” is out, and “Yes means yes” is in.
And it's more than just revising an old slogan -- from coast to coast, colleges are rethinking how they define consent on their campuses.
“The swiftly evolving conversation about defining sexual assault signaled to us that we needed to reframe our name as something more positive,” said Allison Korman, the group’s executive director.
“And it’s even possible that ‘No means no’ will be an outdated or irrelevant concept in 10 years.
On California campuses, consent is no longer a matter of not struggling or not saying no.
When the sexual assault prevention group Culture of Respect attended the Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault in July to promote its forthcoming website, the group went by a different name.
Because colleges use a lesser burden of proof than criminal courts -- preponderance of evidence rather than beyond a reasonable doubt -- it makes sense to have a different definition of consent on campus, Dunn said, though she would ultimately like to see states adopt similar definitions at the criminal level as well.
In order to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, colleges must investigate complaints of sexual assault, even if students decline to go to the police.
Every Ivy League institution except Harvard University has adopted some form of affirmative consent.
According to the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, more than 800 colleges and universities now use some type of affirmative consent definition in their sexual assault policies.