Consent: What does the word really mean?

Sexual activity requires consent. But what is the definition of “consent”? It’s an explicit and voluntary agreement between participants to engage in specific sexual activity.

Consent cannot be inferred from the absence of a “no.” Not only does “no” mean “no,” but anything that isn’t a clear “yes” also means “no.” Consent cannot be obtained from anyone who is asleep or is mentally
or physically incapacitated, whether this is due to drugs, alcohol or another condition. Consent can also not be obtained by threat, coercion or force. Agreement given under these conditions does not equal consent.

Consent doesn’t have to be verbal, but hearing a verbal “yes” is the most reliable form of asking for and gauging consent. So we urge you to get or give consent in verbal form. Yes, it can be awkward talking with sexual partners about desires and how far you’re willing to go. However, having responsible conversations with your sexual partners serves as the basis for positive sexual experiences shaped by mutual willingness and respect.

Throughout any sexual encounter, consent must be clear and unambiguous for each participant. Moreover, you can’t assume that just because consent was given for some sexual acts, it automatically applies to others. And if consent was given in the past, it does not mean that the same consent holds for ongoing and future sexual encounters. Consent can be revoked at any time. Because of this, it’s important that you and your sexual partners evaluate consent in an ongoing fashion and communicate clearly with one another throughout any sexual encounter.

Your Title IX Coordinator

In accordance with federal regulations, we’ve dedicated a Title IX Coordinator responsible for the administration and implementation of Wingate University’s Title IX compliance efforts.

If you have Title IX questions, complaints or concerns, please contact:
Patrick Biggerstaff
Title IX Coordinator
Director of Operations
Campus Services
315 E. Wilson Street
Wingate, NC 28174
704–233–8247

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR ensures institutions receiving federal funding comply with Title IX regulations.

When to Contact Your Title IX Coordinator

If you feel you’ve been the victim of sex discrimination or sexual harassment, misconduct, assault or violence we encourage you to reach out. That goes for students, faculty, staff, visitors and applicants for admission
or employment.

Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against individuals who file a complaint in good faith or participate in an investigation involving an alleged Title IX violation.

Title IX Resources

If you feel you’ve been discriminated against or are a victim of sexual harassment, we’re here to help. In addition to your Title IX coordinator, you can contact:

  • Campus Safety 704–233–8999
  • Dean of Students 704–233–8242
  • Office of Human Resources 704–233–8710
  • Police (Emergency) 911
  • Residence Life 704–233–8247
  • Wingate Police (Non-emergency) 704–233–5657