Lewis University does not tolerate sexual misconduct of any type. Our Catholic, Lasallian tradition sees each and every human as created in the image of God, full of dignity and worth. Sexual misconduct is a serious affront to one’s dignity as a person. Sexual misconduct includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact and sexual exploitation, as defined below.
Consent is a clear, knowing and voluntary positive agreement between participants to engage in specific sexual activity.
Consent cannot be procured by use of physical force, compelling threats, intimidating behavior, or coercion. When sexual activity takes place those participating individuals must be capable of controlling their physical actions and capable of making rational, reasonable decisions about their sexual behavior.
Consent and Alcohol
*It is important to note that if you have sexual activity with someone who you know to be, or should know to be, mentally or physically incapacitated because of alcohol and or other drug use, you are in violation of the sexual misconduct policy. Use of alcohol and other drugs will never function to excuse behavior that violates this policy.
Consent vs. Nonconsent