Consent

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You Mustache for Consent

Whether you are in a serious relationship, dating casually, or just hooking up, making sure your intimate relationships are healthy is important. Although communication is essential in any relationship, one other area is also crucial: CONSENT. It is absolutely critical to have verbal, expressed consent at every phase of intimate contact.                                                              

It's on all of us to stop sexual assault

At BGSU, we hope to create an environment where such behavior is unacceptable and cannot exist. The Office of Residence Life also plays an important role in stopping sexual assault on our campus. As such, the office has been, and will continue to engage in several pro-active initiatives. These initiatives are outlined as follows: 

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The Mustache (must ask) Campaign

The sexual assault awareness campaign, You Mustache For Consent will be rolling out on Friday, Feb. 23, in collaboration with the Office of Residence Life and the Wellness Connection, to educate the University about the importance of asking for consent and what consent means. A series of communication pieces will be utilized to promote this critical and important topic as well as various programs and presentations for students to participate in.

Get Involved & Spread the word

POST ON SOCIAL

Post on Social!

Show your support in preventing sexual assault on campus by using the hashtag #BGitsOnUs. Make your snap, tweet or post stand out by taking a selfie and adding a mustache.

SNAP A PHOTO

Snap a Selfie

Have you found a mustache on a mirror? If so, snap a selfie and send it to your friends. Doing so shows your support and reminds people of the importance of asking for consent.

ATTEND AN EVENT

Attend an Event

Attend an event that the Office of Residence Life is hosting (listed below) or check out the official calendar of events which includes all of the awareness events across campus.

What is Consent

According to the BGSU Code of Student Conduct, consent is present only when an individual has the capacity to voluntarily, knowingly, and affirmatively agree to engage in a sexual activity. This means that an individual cannot give consent when:

  • They are impaired by any drug, alcohol, or intoxicant
  • They are forced, threatened with force, tricked/deceived, or persuaded/pressured in any way
  • They are unconscious or otherwise unaware that the act is being committed
  • They have a mental or physical condition that impairs their ability to voluntarily, knowingly, and affirmatively give consent
  • They are pressured/coerced by supervisory or disciplinary authority
  • Consent may be withdrawn at any time, whether any activity has begun or not
  • Prior relationship or sexual activity in and of itself does NOT constitute consent
  • An individual must be of legal age (as defined by the state) to give consent

February Events

"Informed-U" Presentations

Feb. 15 - 27 | Informed-U brings students to the table for real conversations about how they can address sexual violence and misconduct on campus. During participant-led, in-person learning sessions, students share experiences and beliefs, internalize key concepts, collaborate around strategies and develop action plans for change. Students living on or off campus can attend any of the following sessions:

 

Date

 

Time

 

Hall

 

Location

Thursday, Feb. 15

6:30 – 8 p.m.

Centennial Hall

Meeting Room

Tuesday, Feb. 20

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Kreischer AB

Activity Room

Wednesday, Feb. 21

7 – 9 p.m.

Founders Hall

Honors Den

Tuesday, Feb. 27

7 – 9 p.m.

Falcon Heights

Meeting Room


Healthy Relationships

Feb. 20 - 28 | Four residence halls will be hosting the Wellness Connections Peer Facilitators for a program entitled “Did You Ask.” The program covers topics on consent, bystander intervention and Title IX. Students living on or off campus can attend any of the following sessions:

 

Date

 

Time

 

Hall

 

Location

Tuesday, Feb. 20

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Kohl Hall

Activity Lounge

Wednesday, Feb. 21

8:00 – 9 p.m.

Conklin Hall

Lounge

Wednesday, Feb. 28

7:30 – 9 p.m.

McDonald Hall

Lounge

April Events

The Sex & Drugs Show

April 2, 2018 | The Sex & Drugs Show is a 90-minute, multi-issue program that covers the basics of substance abuse, sexual communication and sexual assault. During this interactive program, students will have the opportunity to discuss types of drinking behavior, the effect of substance abuse on academic performance, what happens when alcohol and sexual communication collide and the difficult subject of sexual assault. Learn more>>


What Were You Wearing?

April 11, 2018 | In honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, BGSU’s It’s on Us committee and The Cocoon are co-sponsoring “What Were You Wearing?” An exhibit by sexual assault survivors to challenge victim-blaming statements. The exhibit will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wed. April 11 in BTSU Rm 208. Please contact Liana Natochy at lianan@bgsu.edu for more information. 


Denim Day

April 25, 2018 | The Denim Day campaign takes place on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Violence Awareness Month. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling by the Italian Supreme Court where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. In this rape prevention education campaign, we ask community members, faculty, staff and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans on this day as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.


Campus and Community Resources

No matter what time of year it is, campaign or no campaign, we want students to be aware of campus resources and community resources that are always available to them. We hope that this information is useful for anyone who is, or who knows of, a survivor.

In case of emergency, call 911.

Confidential Support and Medical Attention

Falcon Health Center │Non-Emergency Medical Assistance │ 419-372-2271
BGSU Counseling Center │ Counseling │ 419-372-2081
Cocoon Advocate │Victim Advocates │ 419-352-1545
The LINK │24-Hour Crisis Hotline │ 419-352-1545


Make a Report

BGSU Police │ Legal Reporting │419-372-2346
BG City Police │ Legal Reporting │419-352-2571
Office of Dean of Students │ Student Conduct Reporting │ 419-372-2843
Office of Residence Life │ Reporting & Housing │ 419-372-2011
Title IX Coordinator │ Reporting & Support │ 419-372-8476