"Yes Means Yes" 

California law requires that state institutions adopt and implement written procedures or protocols to ensure that students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual assault on the grounds or facilities of their institutions receive treatment and information, including a description of on-campus and off-campus resources. Policies should adopt an "affirmative consent standard" to determine whether consent was given by both parties to sexual activity.  “Affirmative consent” means affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that he or she has the affirmative consent of the other or others to engage in the sexual activity.

  • Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent, nor does silence mean consent.

  • Affirmative consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time.

  • The existence of a dating relationship between the persons involved, or the fact of past sexual relations between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of consent.