The University has moved toward an “affirmative consent” model that requires explicit consent from both individuals engaged in sexual activity.
The Student Sexual Misconduct Policy policy defines sexual misconduct, outlines student rights, identifies resources available to the student community, and guides the University’s response to reports of possible sexual misconduct, including sexual assault.
The policy mandates that consent be “informed, freely given, and mutual,” and that each participant obtain and give consent in each instance of sexual activity. According to the policy, silence does not constitute consent, and past consent does not imply present or ongoing future consent.
The policy standards clearly define individuals’ responsibilities to determine if someone is not sober enough to give informed consent. Individuals must not engage in sexual activity with a partner whom a reasonable person would realize is incapable of giving consent.
Contact Us: Title IX Coordinators
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions, like the University of Rochester, that receive federal financial assistance.
The University of Rochester is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex and provides many resources to students, faculty and staff members to address concerns relating to discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes sexual assault and misconduct.
The following people are available as resources to you, to answer your questions and address your concerns:
Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance and Title IX Coordinator
271 Wallis Hall
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
510 Wilson Commons
Eastman School of Music
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
26 Gibbs Street
School of Medicine and Dentistry
Dr. Linda Chaudron
600 Elmwood Ave, Room 1-4444
School of Nursing
Interim Assoc. Dean for Education and Student Affairs
255 Crittenden Blvd
Simon School of Business
202E Schlegel Hall
Warner School of Education
250 LeChase Hall
1115 Goergen Athletic Center