Sexual consent is when you clearly and freely agree to sexual activity

Everyone can do at least one thing to contribute to our culture of consent.

  • Ask for consent first and every time

  • Speak out again norms that uphold rape culture

  • Support survivor self-determination

Practising Consent

Consent is a part of healthy and fun sexual communication. 

Want to learn more about how to practise consent? Check out the available workshops.

Got consent?

Nope...not if

  • someone is intoxicated by alcohol and drugs, or unconscious
  • someone is pressured - even in a relationship
  • someone uses their position of power, trust or authority to do something you don’t want
  • someone is silent or doesn’t clearly communicate yes in works or actions
  • Heart eyes emoji icon
    Yes consent
    Yes! = yes when it's enthusiastic, freely given, and current
  • Kiss emoji icon
    Consent caution
    You're dating = treat them right, ask every time
  • No words emoji icon
    No Consent
    Silence = nope
  • Questionable emoji icon
    No Consent
    A 'maybe' or hesitation = nope
  • Sick emoji icon
    No Consent
    Intoxicated (even a little) = not happening, get them pizza instead
  • Sleep emoji icon
    No Consent
    Unconscious or sleeping = definitely not... make sure they're okay

Find Support

UBC has a responsibility to maintain a respectful environment where its members can study, work, and live free from sexual misconduct. UBC Policy #131 articulates UBC’s duty and commitment to:

  • Support members of the UBC community who are impacted by sexual misconduct
  • Provide a central site for information regarding the resources and options available to those affected by sexual misconduct
  • Create and make available programs and resources to educate its community on the prevention of sexual misconduct
  • Provide a process to respond to and investigate allegations of sexual misconduct

Two offices were created from the policy to serve UBC students; a central support office, and an office for a separate and distinct investigatory process.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office

An important feature of the policy is a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (one on each campus) which is a single point of contact, individualized support, and liaison for UBC students, faculty and staff who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, or any other form of sexual violence/misconduct.

This office will provide a broad range of individualized support including receiving disclosures of sexual assault and responding to immediate needs, coordinating accommodations, making referrals to counselling services, and providing clarity on options and processes for formalizing complaints into reports for investigation.

Office of the Director of Investigations

The policy has also resulted in the creation of the Office of the Director of Investigations, which ensures that investigations into sexual violence, discrimination and harassment are impartial, fair and trauma-informed, and provide a process to respond to and to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct.

Let's be good to each other. You play a role in making this campus an awesome, safe, and caring place. Respect others and treat them the way they want to be treated. We're all connected, so let's be good to each other.

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