Wayne State College is committed to education for the benefit of your safety and the safety of others. We want you to be safe and have a wonderful experience during your time at WSC. We encourage all to consider risk reduction strategies as you engage in your college experience. But remember, only those who commit acts of sexual violence are responsible for those actions.
- Openly communicate your limits and make them known as early as possible.
- Consent is your right, and you can change it at any time. You have the right to say “NO.” Communicate your wishes clearly and know you can change them at any time.
- Consider removing yourself from a situation in which you are uncomfortable through a distraction or help from a friend.
- Find someone nearby and ask for help.
- Be mindful about activities that can reduce your judgment.
- Consider working out strategies with a friend when you go out together so you can remove yourself from a difficult situation.
If you find yourself in a position where you are initiating intimate behavior with another individual, you owe sexual respect to your potential partner. Here are some tips to guide your behavior and avoid the risk of misconduct:
- Be open with your partner and clearly communicate your intentions. Give him or her a chance to clearly relate his or her intentions to you and respect them.
- Understand and respect personal boundaries.
- Do not assume you have consent and know that consent can change at any time.
- Be careful in assuming: That they have the same interest in intimate activities as you do; that they are attracted to you; How far you can go or about whether they are physically and/or mentally able to consent; and remember, IF you do not know….you DO NOT have consent.
- Mixed messages from a partner are a clear indicator that you should stop, listen to his or her wishes, and communicate better. You must respect the timeline with which they are comfortable.
- If someone is incapacitated, you do NOT have consent.
- Consent to some forms of sexual behavior does NOT automatically imply consent to any other forms of sexual behavior or to sexual activity at another time.
- Silence and passivity is NOT an indication of consent. Read your partner carefully and pay attention to verbal and non-verbal communication.