According to Loyola's Community Standards:
"Consent," at a minimum, means freely given, mutually understandable permission to engage in a specific sexual activity.
- Silence or a person's lack of verbal or physical resistance does not equal consent.
- Submission resulting from intimidation, the use of force, or the threat of force is not consent.
- A person's manner of dress cannot convey consent.
- A person's consent to one form of sexual activity or sex act does not automatically grant consent to any other sexual activity or sex act.
- Past consent does not convey consent to future sexual activity; consent must be gained for every interaction.
- Consent may be withdrawn at any time, at which point sexual activity must cease.
- A person's consent to engage in sexual activity with one person does not constitute consent to engage in sexual activity with another.
- In the following circumstances, a person is incapable of giving consent (meaning that even if they appear to give consent, it may not be valid): (1) The person is incapacitated (2) The person is underage (under 17 in Illinois); (3) The person is unable to understand the nature of the sexual activity for some other reason; or (4) The sexual activity is between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law in Illinois.
If you know, or should have reasonably known, that your partner was incapacitated by use or consumption of drugs or alcohol, or that your partner's physical or mental condition would hinder their ability to give consent, you have not received consent. A respondent being impaired by drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for sexual misconduct, stalking, or dating/domestic violence, and does not diminish the respondent's responsibility to obtain consent or recognize incapacitation.
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