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I Must Have Everyone's Verbal Response

This policy at Antioch College, which apparently will soon close its doors due to low enrollment, sounds like the speech I get when I sit in an exit row:

  • Consent is required each and every time there is sexual activity.
  • All parties must have a clear and accurate understanding of the sexual activity.
  • The person(s) who initiate(s) the sexual activity is responsible for asking for consent.
  • The person(s) who are asked are responsible for verbally responding.
  • Each new level of sexual activity requires consent.
  • Use
    of agreed upon forms of communication such as gestures or safe words is
    acceptable, but must be discussed and verbally agreed to by all parties
    before sexual activity occurs.
  • Consent is required
    regardless of the parties' relationship, prior sexual history, or
    current activity (e.g. grinding on the dance floor is not consent for
    further sexual activity).
  • At any and all times when consent is withdrawn or not verbally agreed to, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
  • Silence is not consent.
  • Body movements and non-verbal responses such as moans are not consent.
  • A person can not give consent while sleeping.
  • All
    parties must have unimpaired judgement (examples that may cause
    impairment include but are not limited to alcohol, drugs, mental health
    conditions, physical health conditions).
  • All parties must use safer sex practices.
  • All
    parties must disclose personal risk factors and any known STIs.
    Individuals are responsible for maintaining awareness of their sexual

I don't know much about Antioch, despite the fact that I think my mother and father-in-law both attended (are there more than one?).  I will observe that for a private institution nowadays with decent name recognition, it really takes some effort to drive away all the students.  Today, good-but-not-Ivy-League schools like Rice and Vanderbilt get nearly as many great applicants as Ivy League schools did when I attended.  The US is virtually swamped with top-notch kids looking for a private university with a good rep.